B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Free Copy of Persecution and Conversion

Why did so many Iberian Jews convert to Christianity when faced with violence? Why did they not respond to persecution the way that German Jews did? These are common questions … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

The History of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula During the Roman, Visigoth, and Islamic Eras

This video discusses Jewish life in the Peninsula during the Roman era, the Visigothic era, the Islamic era, and the era of the Christian kingdoms. The forced conversions of Jews … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alfonso X of Castile and the Siete Partidas

Las Siete Partidas, a law code written in Castilian and compiled around 1265, under the direction of King Alfonso X, the Wise (1252-1284) of Castile also referred to coerced conversion. … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orchestra of New Spain: La Convivencia: The Triangle of Al-Andalus

The Latino Cultural Center will be presenting the Orchestra of New Spain. The event will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm at 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas 75204. … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico

In many ways, Dr. Stanley Hordes is the pioneer of modern day research into the world of Crypto-Judaism. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Hordes in person several … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Other Secret Jews: Turkey’s Dönme Elite

Adam Hirsch of the New Republic recently published an article on the Donme. The Donme were Jews who accepted the messianic claims of Sabbatai Zevi and converted to Islam following … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

A List of Recommended Books on the Sephardic Experience

I found an excellent list of books on the Sephardic experience. It was put together by David Shasha. E.H. Lindo, The Jews of Spain and Portugal (London, 1848, digital reprint) … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment