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1st Jewish Museum In Madrid To Open In 2022

Madrid Mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, announced last week that the municipality has agreed to grant it the use of a building in the city center to create a Jewish museum. Spain was once home to the largest Jewish community in the world. The 1492 expulsion presented them with the choice to leave all and flee, or to convert to Catholicism, putting an end to centuries of flourishing Jewish life. This rich and tragic history will be presented in the Madrid-based Jewish museum, which is set to open in 2022. One of the goals of the museum will be to highlight 3,000 years of Jewish contributions to Spain and the rest of the world, emphasizing the importance of shared Judeo-Christian values and roots. About 45,000 Jews live in the country today, mostly in Madrid (20,000) and Barcelona (15,000), according to the European Jewish Congress. (VFI News)