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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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The History of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula During the Roman, Visigoth, and Islamic Eras

This video discusses Jewish life in the Peninsula during the Roman era, the Visigothic era, the Islamic era, and the era of the Christian kingdoms. The forced conversions of Jews … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alfonso X of Castile and the Siete Partidas

Las Siete Partidas, a law code written in Castilian and compiled around 1265, under the direction of King Alfonso X, the Wise (1252-1284) of Castile also referred to coerced conversion. … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

An auto-da-fé in Lisbon’s Terreiro do Paço.

Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Procession of Flagellants by Francisco Goya

A Procession of Flagellants by Francisco Goya 1793 Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of  Secret Jews: The Complex Identity … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diego y Gonzalo de Morales and the Mexican Inquisition

Gonzalo had arrived in the Indies 1520s. Gonzalo eventually owned  a store in Mexico City. He was initially arrested by Fray Vicente de Santa Maria in his capacity as Inquisitor … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Early Inquisitional Cases in New Spain

The first Converso prosecuted in the New Spain was Diego Morales. He was sentenced for blasphemy in 1525. He was judged by the commander Leonel de Cervantes.  Morales was accused … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sephardic Shabbat Shacharit Services

My family has been hosting Shabbat Shacharit services on an intermittment basis for a few months now. We will now begin to host them twice a month. The service schedule … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment