Spain's window for Sephardic Jews to seek nationality closes

Spain's Justice Ministry says that the four-year period for the descendants of Sephardic Jews apply for Spanish citizenship has closed

MADRID -- Spain's Justice Ministry says that the four-year period for the descendants of Sephardic Jews to apply for Spanish citizenship has closed.

The term "Sephardic" literally means "Spanish" in Hebrew. It is estimated that Sephardic Jews range between a fifth and a third of the world's roughly 13 million Jews.

For centuries, Sephardic Jewish communities have maintained their customs and the Ladino language.