Kehilah Beit Emunah, Asturias, Spain
We are a small Jewish community who have been meeting in Oviedo since 1972 whose basic objective is the continuity of Jewish religious, cultural and social traditions. Our mission is to promote Jewish life in Asturias and the value passed down to us by our ancestors.
We aim to preserve the Jewish tradition and promote familiarity with it among the people of Spain, where it has been buried for nearly 500 years and is virtually unknown today. We feel the obligation to reveal the legacy of common coexistence which existed over during five centuries in Sefarad, highlighting what was created and passed down during those years of permanence. e are a small Jewish community who have been meeting in Oviedo since 1972 whose basic objective is the continuity of Jewish religious, cultural and social traditions. Our mission is to promote Jewish life in Asturias and the value passed down to us by our ancestors.
To that end, we participate in the European Days of Jewish Culture organized by the AEPJ (European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage) with an open house day on the first Sunday of September.
Likewise, we remember the victims of the Shoah and maintain and active website for teachers: www.zivialubetkin.org in which we post lesson plans geared towards different types of studies. In the days around the 27th of January—the secular date of the liberation of Auschwitz—we organize an institutional act of tribute to the victims of the Shoah which is attended by participants from the regional and local governments at the memorial monument in Oviedo’s central park.
We have an educational activity for students in the city’s auditorium where over the course of 3.5 hours we convey an image of the great catastrophe organized by the Germans and their collaborators to the nearly 1,000 secondary and baccalaureate students attend.
For over 3,500 years, the Jews have considered themselves as part of a chain, united by the bonds of history and memory, of origin and destiny, with all other Jews, wherever they may be, and especially with the State of Israel, the renewed and recovered center of the life of the Jewish people. For this reason we keep in contact over the internet and pray the daily Shacharit prayers with people from diverse locations, both in Spain and in other locations. For people who are elderly, sick, or have no nearby congregation, we rebroadcast our Friday night and Shabbat morning services, which allows them to live their Judaism seamlessly.
We aim to respond to the challenges of our time, living a dynamic Judaism that strengthens our sense of meaning and helps impart a fuller understanding of what it means to be a Jew. And for this reason we have organized shiurim and discussions that we rebroadcast over the internet which are called “Encounters with Jewish Culture” in which we study Jewish history, literature, art and sociology each Thursday afternoon.
We defend and incentivize equal participation of men and women of all races, national origins and sexual orientations. We are happy to welcome guests and anyone visiting Asturias and its surroundings areas who wish to know more about Judaism and our culture. Also, we provide preparation for people who wish to desire to become more observant or fosters a passion for Judaism.
Jews of all denominations are welcome to participate, as are people of other faiths who wish to learn more about egalitarian and pluralistic Judaism. For this reason we meet each Sunday morning, gather from across the web to hear shiurim on Judaism given by people with extensive backgrounds in study and analysis.
Our technological age allows us to receive shiurim and conferences from anywhere in the world. Therefore, anyone—both students and teachers alike—can contact us to schedule a time and participate in order to spread our millennial rich culture.
And finally and very importantly, we do hasbara—defending the State of Israel and providing background— in order to make a more tolerant and inclusive world. As our t-shirts read, we are “A small Kehillah with a big heart” that beats with love for Israel and all that it represents, both physically and spiritually.