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Juan De la Sierra (foreground), dressed in the style of an early-20th century western-Turkish Sephardi, sings a song Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. TBI Rabbi Stephen Sniderman (background, left) sings along.

Dinner and a show — and learning: Sephardic weekend comes to Longboat temple

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Juan De la Sierra (foreground), dressed in the style of an early-20th century western-Turkish Sephardi, sings a song Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. TBI Rabbi Stephen Sniderman (background, left) sings along.

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Roasted chicken is served during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Roasted chicken is served during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

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Juan De la Sierra (standing) walks through the audience while performing a song that involves zills, or finger cymbals, Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Juan De la Sierra (standing) walks through the audience while performing a song that involves zills, or finger cymbals, Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

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Joyce Cooper (left) and Marvin Morse (right) wait to be served during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Joyce Cooper (left) and Marvin Morse (right) wait to be served during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

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Marvin Morse (left) and Betty Morse (right) pose while being served at a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Marvin Morse (left) and Betty Morse (right) pose while being served at a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

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Juan De la Sierra (left) shows a replica of a King David harp to Spencer Sniderman (right) on Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Juan De la Sierra (left) shows a replica of a King David harp to Spencer Sniderman (right) on Friday night at Temple Beth Israel.

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Rabbi Rifat Sonsino (standing) talks about 17th-century Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi's conversion to Islam and the subsequent rise of the Sabbatean movement Sunday morning at Temple Beth Israel.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino (standing) talks about 17th-century Rabbi Sabbatai Zevi's conversion to Islam and the subsequent rise of the Sabbatean movement Sunday morning at Temple Beth Israel.

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Juan De la Sierra's zills lay on a table Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. De la Sierra said these zills were hand-made in Cairo for a healing ceremony.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Juan De la Sierra's zills lay on a table Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. De la Sierra said these zills were hand-made in Cairo for a healing ceremony.

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Former Temple Beth Israel president Sy Klionsky poses for a picture during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at TBI.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Former Temple Beth Israel president Sy Klionsky poses for a picture during a Sephardic-style feast Friday night at TBI.

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Juan De la Sierra plays his ney, or reed flute, Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. Neys have been used as musical instruments for almost 5,000 years.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 |

Juan De la Sierra plays his ney, or reed flute, Friday night at Temple Beth Israel. Neys have been used as musical instruments for almost 5,000 years.

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