Rabbi to Present Lecture about Hispanic Sefardim

The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reports that Rabbi Yosef Garcia will be giving a lecture titled “Crypto Jews/Hispanic Sefardi: The Hidden Jews Among Us,” at 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Rabbi Garcia was in serious accident last year and has been recovering.

The full article can be found at the following link: Crypto-Jewish Lecture

Rabbi Garcia has been actively involved with Anusim for decades and has been a pioneer in the area of Crypto-Judaism. He received extensive support from Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, a former professor at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. He also received ordination from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. I had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Garcia approximately four years ago while visiting the Phoenix area.  His organization, the Association for Crypto-Jews can be found at the following site: CryptoJew.org

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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