B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Why We Shouldn’t Be Surprised by Ocasio-Cortez’s Jewish Heritage

The Israeli news site Haaretz printed a “response” to yesterday’s news that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims a Sephardic heritage. The link to this interesting news story is below: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-why-we-shouldn-t-be-surprised-by-ocasio-cortez-s-jewish-heritage-1.6740071 Posted by Rabbi … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

History of Spanish and Portuguese Jews-Part 2

This is the second part of a 5 part series on the history of Spanish and Portuguese Jews delivered a few months ago to a group of Jews and Christians. … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ocasio-Cortez claims Jewish ancestry

Whatever your opinions regarding newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her recent claim to a Crypto-Jewish heritage is fascinating. The full story at Israel National News is found at the link … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jewish and Christian Attitudes Towards Forced Jewish Converts-Part 5

This is a lecture on Jewish and Christian attitudes on Forced Converts (Anusim). This based on my book titled Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism. Posted by Rabbi … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

History of Spanish and Portuguese Jews-Part 1

This is the first part of a 5 part series on the history of Spanish and Portuguese Jews delivered a few months ago to a group of Jews and Christians. … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Struggle of Dual Identities

The following letter was written as a response to an inquiry from a Crypto-Jew asking about the challenge of identity. The Jewish people have always struggled with living in two … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why Many Hispanics Prefer Non-Hispanic Rabbis

Back in the 1970s, there was a TV show called Sanford and Son. The sitcom told the story of an African- American father and son who owned a salvage/junk business.  … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · Leave a comment