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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Who is a Crypto Jew?

The history of the Jews of Spain spans more than a thousand years. It ended tragically in 1492 with the edict of expulsion issued by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella … Continue reading

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Crypto Jewish Practices in New Spain

It’s difficult to provide a complete list of Crypto-Jewish observances that Judaizing Conversos in the New World maintained, but the following list represents common practices. Fast Days: Yom Kippur- El … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos in New Mexico

The earliest exploration of New Mexico occurred in 1540 under Francisco Vazquez de Coronado. The first Converso adventurer was Gaspar Castano who was identified as Portuguese. He accompanied Alberto del … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos Trades in New Spain

Conversos in New Spain were active in all types of trades. Of those arrested for Judaizing in the mid-seventeenth century, ~17% were involved in non-commercial trades: Tailors Silversmiths Bakers Saddlers … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Portuguese Crypto-Jews in New Spain

Crypto-Jewish activity in New Spain is often characterized as a Portuguese Crypto-Jewish phenomenon. I Mexican Inquisitional documents note the following: 73% descended from Portuguese born grandfathers 57% from Portuguese born … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Simon Vaez de Sevilla

This is the third of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. Born in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos Who Supported Columbus

This is the second of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. The following is a list of Conversos … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos with Columbus

This is the first of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. The following is a list of Conversos … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment