A genealogical review of evidence supplied by the Jewish Community of Porto in support of their certifying the Sephardic ancestry of Mr Roman Abramovich
3 Nisan 5782
4 April 2022
3. Note written by Rabbi Daniel Litvak. This is a hand-written Spanish-language note (Rabbi Litvak was born in Argentina) dated 3 Tishrei 5782 [9 September 2021], after the certification of Mr Abramovich’s Sephardic ancestry became public knowledge. Rabbi Litvak describes himself as Chief Rabbi of the city of Oporto. He made five points:
4. An undated certificate (#10) issued by Rabbi Alexander Baroda, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia. Rabbi Baroda states that Mr Abramovich:
a. The Declaration states that there were 14,000 Sephardim in Hamburg circa 1850. This is more likely the total Jewish population of Hamburg at the time, which included a small number of Sephardim.
7. Various lists of “Sephardic surnames”
9. Holocaust Period
a. A letter from S. Abramovitch dated 1 August 1940, written at the suggestion of the secretary of Bevis Marks, a Sephardic synagogue in the City of London. In #14 it is reported that the letter was written by a Polish relative of Mr Abramovich to the Jewish community of Porto in neutral Portugal asking them to write to his family in Poland.
10. Unsourced. Relating to Mr Abramovich’s grandmother.
13. A visit to Moscow
14. Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), column by Miriam Assor, dated 23 December 2021.