Descendants of the Anusim (Crypto-Jews) in Contemporary Mexico

In 2009, Schulamith Chava Halevy completed her doctoral dissertation titled “Descendants of the Anusim (Crypto-Jews) in Contemporary Mexico.” While the dissertation includes some historical review of the settlement of Conversos in Mexico, the heart of the thesis are the interviews with contemporary residents of Mexico who are the descendants of Conversos. The interviews often reveal customs traced to rabbinic practices as well as the emotional and sociological challenges with Jewish identity that these individuals or families reflect.

The dissertation is available at the following link

Click to access AnusimMexico.pdf

Schulamith Chava Halevy’s webpage is also available at the following link.

Lastly, David Ramirez an independent researcher has provided an excellent review of Ms. Halevy’s dissertation. Mr. Ramirez has written extensively on the topic of Conversos, and I will include links to these papers in a subsequent blog post.

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.


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