On March 10, 2019, a Boeing 737-Max crashed in Ethiopia, causing the death of 157 people, including Shimon Reem Biton, a Sephardic Jew of Moroccan origin, who was in the process of obtaining Portuguese nationality.
Even after this disaster, the deceased’s sister wanted to fulfill his wish to be Portuguese, but then it was too late. This way the name of Shimon Reem Biton will be forever associated with the film “The Light of Judah”.
According to his sister, Yaffa Biton, “Shimon was born on June 2nd, so this is the best birthday present our family can receive”.
Available with Hebrew subtitles and produced by Portuguese director Luís Ismael, “The Light of Judah” is based on true events, portraying the historic relationship between Jews and Catholics in the Middle Ages, during the Inquisition and in modern times, from the expulsion to the return of citizenship for Sephardic Jews.
The film is part of an interfaith project, in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese of Oporto, to fight anti-Semitism. This initiative has received financial and practical support from Jewish philanthropic families as well as B’nai B’rith International.
The Jewish Community of Oporto, Portugal, will donate all proceeds from the “The Light of Judah” to the Food Bank of Israel.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in the demand for meals from people who have lost their jobs as a result of the global economic downturn.