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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

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

A Celebration of Judeo-Spanish Culture: January 20-27, 2017

Once again, I apologize for the late posting. A series of lectures on Judeo-Spanish culture will be hosted in the Dallas area by various synagogues and temples. The series is … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Crypto-Jewish Experience: Where It Began, Where It Is Now

I sincerely apologize for this last minute posting. Its been a busy week. The Southwest Jewish Congress will be hosting an event on Crypto-Judaism. Three part lecture  will feature distinguished … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Against the Greeks:Understanding the Classical Jewish Worldview

I recently published a small work on Jewish Thinking on Kindle. It is not directly related to the Converso experience, but is indirectly related as it touches on the challenge … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Converso Settlement Outside the Peninsula

The situation of Jews who fled to Portugal and were faced with what amounted to forced conversion was starkly different than the case in Spain. After the forced baptisms of … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Samuel Usque y Los Conversos

*Por favor perdonen mis errores de ortografía y gramática.* Una vez que Conversos huyeron de España y Portugal, regresando al judaísmo abiertamente no era siempre una opción atractiva. Muchos Conversos … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment