B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

The Challenge of Modern Day Conversos

The challenge of present day descendants of Conversos may not seem comparable to the those faced by Conversos in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. There is no Inquisition that … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 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 · 1 Comment

Who is a Jew?

The question, Who is a Jew?, is directly related to the over arching theme of this website. The plight of Crypto-Jews and their descendants was discussed extensively by various rabbis … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Song From a Withered Limb: Las Posadas and the Converso Crisis of the 16th Century

The following article was originally presented  at the national conference of the Society for Crypto Jewish Studies in Dallas, Texas July 20, 2014. Mr. Reid Heller graciously allowed us to … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Struggles of Faith: The Conversos of Amsterdam and Modern Jewry

It would be logical to believe that the Conversos of the 17th century who were able to escape or journey to cities like Amsterdam where openly practicing Judaism was tolerated … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Key Social Difference between Sephardim and Ashkenazim

One of the clearest differences in how Christian and Muslim society impacted Jewish communities is in the area of marriage and sexuality.  The takkanah of Rabbi Gershom prohibiting polygamy was … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jewish Wedding in a Turkish Synagogue

When faced with the edicts of Expulsion in Castile and Aragon and eventually in Portugal, one of the principal regions that opened up to Iberian Jews seeking refuge was the … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment