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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

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

Song of the Crypto-Jews

I found reference to Canto de los Marranos a few days ago.  This impressive musical piece was originally commissioned by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. It was premiered in … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

¿Qué tanta influencia genética judía hay en América Latina?

The following Spanish language article from Tangible discusses the genetic legacy and influence of Turkish Sephardim on Latin America. This article is a part of a growing awareness of a … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Al-Andalus History of Islam in Spain

An excellent video on the history of Islamic Spain. Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education. For a more complete review of Iberian … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · Leave a comment