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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

David Reubeni and the Ten Lost Tribes

An excerpt from Conversos and the Sabbatean Movement The prominence of the idea of the Ten Lost Tribes in Jewish circles is also reflected in the much earlier reference by … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Portuguese Jewish Heritage Exists Beyond Lisbon

Much of Crypto-Jewish history often focuses on Spain, but Portugal, of course, was a key site of Crypto-Jewish activity. The circumstances were often different than in Castile or Aragon but … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Genetic Research: 25% of Hispanics Have Jewish DNA

The growing proliferation of DNA and genealogical services have led to increased cataloging of DNA markers. Many Hispanics have taken these tests and as a consequence have discovered likely Jewish … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos and the Sabbatean Movement: The Unlikely Supporters of Sabbatai Zevi

In 1665-1666 the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi (also written as Shabbetai Zevi, Shabbetai Tzvi, Shabtai Sevi, etc.) spread like wildfire throughout the Jewish communities of the Mediterranean and northern … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sabbateanism and the Converso Experience

By David Gonzalez Guajardo             In the events leading up to the outbreak of Sabbateanism, conversos came to the forefront of Jewish history. This group suffered much persecution and struggled … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Petrus Alfonsi Vir Illustris et Ex Iudeo: Reading the Dialogue Against the Jews as a Conversion Text

The Converso phenomena was not limited to the late 14th-16th centuries in Iberia. There were earlier occurrences of forced conversions and there were also cases of individuals voluntarily choosing to … Continue reading

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jewish Studies Presents Judeo-Spanish Culture Week, January 24-31

Dallas, TX– Southern Methodist University will celebrate Judeo-Spanish culture with a series of festive events and lectures the week of January 24-31. Highlights include a screening of Flory’s Flame, a documentary … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · Leave a comment