The descendants of anusim or Conversos may serve a critical role in the world today. The relationship between Judaism and Christianity turned a significant page in 1965 with Vatican II.
In 2015, an Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity also served to move the inter-faith dialogue forward. Benei Anusim may serve as a bridge in the further rapprochement between these two communities.
Rabbi Juan Marcos Bejarano-Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Judaic Studies.
He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago in 2015. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Complex Identities: Christian and Jewish Attitudes Towards Conversos” and was accepted in September 2015.
He also studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshivat Mesilat Yesharim.
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