Sephardic Corner

The third monthly column of "The Sephardic Corner" written by Dr. Mariana Montiel, appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times

The article was entitled: "From Spanish Algebra to Bukharian Revival"


The purpose of the column is to educate the Atlanta community about the the Spanish-Portuguese Sephardic story. 


Each month, a historical Sephardic contributor to science, mathematics, medicine, poetry, and other subjects will be spotlighted.


The column will explore related Sephardic topics and highlight the rich culture Or VeShalom and Sephardic Jews bring to the Atlanta Jewish community. To see previous articles, click here

Annual James Arogeti-Or VeShalom Stipend

Questions? Contact the OVS Stipend Committee at

Annual James Arogeti-Or VeShalom Stipend

The family of Merrill and Sheila Wynne, longtime associate members and friends of Congregation Or VeShalom (OVS), has established an annual $2,500 Stipend in loving memory of James “Yeshaya” Arogeti, z”l. The Stipend is to be used toward a qualifying Jewish educational or leadership training experience as described below. You are invited to submit an application to the OVS Stipend Committee.

Applicant Qualifications

Parent(s) of applicant (or applicant) must be a full member in good standing at Congregation Or VeShalom.

Applicant must be age 13 and older by the application submission deadline.

Application Submission Deadline

Application submission deadline for the 2018 Stipend award is March 30, 2017.

Application must be delivered to Congregation Or VeShalom by 2:00 p.m. or post-marked by March 30, 2017.

Application Submission Requirements

Applicant should submit an essay consisting of no more than 350 words or one page explaining why they desire the Stipend and what they plan to do with funds awarded from the Stipend, including name of the organization or experience that the funds will be used for.

Application should contain a cover page with applicant name, address, telephone number, and Email address.

Application essay should be typed on one, single-spaced page, solely using a font of not less than 12 points, with one-inch top, bottom, left, and right margins.

Electronic submissions should be in Microsoft WordTM format.

Stipend Award Date

Stipend will be awarded on or before April 16, 2018. Notification of Stipend winner also will be posted in the weekly bulletin and on the Congregation web site at

Qualifying Use of Stipend

Stipend funds can be used toward any Jewish education, camping, social organization, Israel travel program, or young adult leadership training program. This may include, but is not limited to, Jewish Day and High School tuition, Jewish camping experience, Jewish social organization conference or convention, leadership training seminars, Israel trip such as Birthright, or Judaic studies program at any accredited college or university. If you are not sure if a potential opportunity would qualify, please contact us at

Requirements of Stipend Winner

Stipend winner shall report on their use of the Stipend to the Congregation during one Shabbat Service at a time that is mutually agreeable to both the winner and the congregation and give a summary presentation at a Board of Directors’ meeting following her or his use of the Stipend


Application Delivery Location Address

Stipend application should be delivered to the following address:

Congregation Or VeShalom 1681 N. Druid Hills Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319

Telephone: (404) 633-1737

Electronic Stipend application submissions should be sent to:



All decisions of the Arogeti Stipend Committee are final and binding upon applicants and their families.

Congregation Or VeShalom retains all rights to use Stipend essays once they have been submitted as part of the Stipend application.

Questions? Contact the OVS Stipend Committee at


House Concert Supporting the OVS Sisterhood

Spanish Citizenship Program

Gain Your Spanish Citizenship Through OVS!!

Do you have Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) heritage?

Are you interested in acquiring Spanish citizenship?  

If so, Or VeShalom can guide you through this process.

Please note that the program ends on October 1, 2018, so it’s best to get started right away!

If you have proof of connection to a clearly Sephardic relative or ancestor, and would like a certificate certifying your Sephardic heritage from Or VeShalom, you can view the orientation packet by clicking here.

Click here to fill out the initial application to get your citizenship process started

The $36 application fee can either be mailed to OVS by check, or paid with a credit card via our website ( as a donation to "Sephardic Origin Certificate", noting that it is in honor of"Application fee".


Learn More 

On Sunday March 19th, Luis Portero, an attorney licensed to practice in Spain and counsel for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain during the parliamentary process of approval of the Law on granting the Spanish citizenship to Sephardim joined the Sephardic community of Atlanta at OVS to discuss the steps involved in applying  for Spanish Citizenship through this program, and discuss the process of getting the law enacted, of which he was a major contributor. A copy of his presentation, including a detailed walkthrough of the process, can be found here 

Click here for guidance on how to obtain your FBI background check as part of your application for Spanish Citizenship

All applications, payments, and inquiries should be addressed as follows:

Congregation Or VeShalom

Attn: Spanish Citizenship Program

1681 North Druid Hills Road N.E.

Atlanta, GA  30319

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