Sephardic Court Jews

When Christian IV founded the city of Glückstadt in 1616, he saw the Sephardic Jews as an instrument for boosting the city's trade and growth.

His invitation for Jews to settle in Glückstadt was only valid for Sephardic Jews, who were generally well-established merchants with a broad network of Jewish families in several countries. The officiel letter of invitation for Sephardic Jews to settle in Glückstadt, is dated 25th of November 1622, and has become the officiel start date for Jewish settlement in Denmark. In the 1620s and 1630s, thirty Sephardic families from Amsterdam, France, Hamburg and Sale in North Africa became part of the Jewish community in Glückstadt.

The Sephardic Jews were under the direct protection of the King, and many of them worked at or with the royal court. But in the long run, possibilities in Denmark could not satisfy the ambitions of Sephardic Jews, who in time involved themselves elsewhere.

Sephardic Jews

In Spain and Portugal, which were part of the Arab caliphate in the middle Ages, Jewish culture developed in close contact with the Spanish-Arab culture. This Jewish culture is known as Sephardic, from the traditional Jewish name for Spain, Sefarad. When Spain became part of Christian Europe, Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews came into closer contact with one another, but the two groups have maintained separate cultures.


The Sephardic families continued to speak
Jewish Spanish, also known as Ladino or Judezmo, after arriving in their new countries.

This language disappeared from Denmark with the Sephardic Jews.

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