Jews of sephardic origin were protected by a law of 1924 that granted them Spanish citizenship.
Her words were warmly received by the Speaker of the Knesset, a politician from Shas, the sephardic ultra-Orthodox party.
Yosef was a leader in religious outreach, and brought thousands of sephardic Jews back into the religious fold.
plural of Sephardi "a Spanish or Portuguese Jew" (1851), from Modern Hebrew Sepharaddim "Spaniards, Jews of Spain," from Sepharad, name of a country mentioned only in Obad. v:20, probably meaning "Asia Minor" or a part of it (Lydia, Phrygia), but identified by the rabbis after the Jonathan Targum as "Spain." Related: Sephardic.