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President of Algarve Jewish Community dies

in News · 20-08-2011 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Ralf Pinto was arguably one of the most instrumental members of the Jewish community in Portugal, and is widely considered to have been the forerunner in the Algarve in promoting and organising events.

President of Algarve Jewish Community dies

Ralf Pinto became the first person to be buried in the Faro Jewish Cemetery in almost 80 years last weekend.
Mr. Pinto was a regular contributor to The Portugal News, and readers were each reminded of the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew for ‘head of the year’) which usually involved a dinner in Portimão.
While the President of the Jewish Community will not be around on 28 September to celebrate the year 5772, which Ralf Pinto would explain “is counted from the Creation and is based on a lunar month”.
Mr. Pinto taught a Bar Mitzvah and also celebrated his son, José’s wedding ceremony. These were both firsts in the Algarve for many years.
One of Ralf Pinto’s lasting testimonies will undoubtedly be the restoration of the Faro Cemetery.
The Jewish Community of Faro saw 106 burials from 1838 to 1932. The Cemetery was then outside the old city, but now finds itself in the city in front of the Faro Hospital.
Ralf and Judy established a new Jewish Community of Algarve (JCA) in 1991, and in 1992 they were instrumental in restoring the then abandoned cemetery.
The cemetery was re-dedicated on 16 May 1993 and is the only vestige remaining of the 1st post inquisition Jewish presence in Portugal.
Ralf Pinto leaves behind his wife, his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

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