B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Sephardic Passover Song: Mah Nishtana

The following version of the famous Passover song, Mah Nishtana was sung by Rabbi Abraham Lopes Cardoso. This version is sung by the community of Shearith Israel in New York … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Halakhic Teshuvah on the Descendants of Anusim

The awareness of a Crypto-Jewish background or family line has brought many individuals ¬†throughout Latin America to consider a return to the faith of their fathers. The process for them … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

An Introduction to Crypto-Judaism

The phenomena of Crypto Judaism and Crypto-Jews has spurred a tremendous of interest in recent decades. Prominent scholars such as Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creating Conversos: Genealogy and Identity as Historiographical Problems

Mercedes Garcia-Arenal has written a number of articles related to Conversos (both Jewish and Muslim). The following article is a review of the critical events leading to the creation of … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Priestly Blessing According to the Spanish-Portuguese Tradition

The following is the priestly blessing (Birkat Kohanim-Aaronic benediction) recited in the preliminary prayers of Shacharit. This is recorded in the Spanish-Portuguese tradition which reflects the tradition of former Conversos/Anusim … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Upcoming Lecture: The Crypto-Jews in New Spain

On April 26th, 2015 I will be giving another free lecture on the history of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula in Cedar Hill, Texas. This is a continuation of … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Religious Belief and Practice among Crypto-Jews

By Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez In the context of Crypto Jewish individuals and communities, both in the Iberian Peninsula and in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies of the New World as … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment