B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Isaac Abarbanel and the Return of the Bnei Anusim

Don Isaac Abarbanel believed that most Jews who had converted had done so for the sake of survival. He states, “Because of the miseries, the condemnations, and the massacres by the enemies, … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Conversos, Marranos, and Crypto-Jews: Which Term is Correct?

By Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez The term Marrano has often been used to designate Conversos who converted to Christianity for survival sake and continued to observe Jewish practices in some form. … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Growing Number Of Hispanics Turning to Judaism

The following article highlights the growing attraction of Judaism for Hispanics in many Latin American countries. Some of these individuals may claim to descendant from  Conversos, Crypto Jews, Anusim, Marranos, … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Jewish Status of Conversos and Rabbinic Responsa

By Rabbi J. Bejarano-Gutierrez Jews in the Iberian Peninsula were quite familiar with the phenomena of forced or coerced conversions. In the 7th century CE, the Visigothic King Sisebut adopted … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is a Marrano?

The term Marrano has often been used to designate Conversos who converted to Christianity for survival sake and continued to observe Jewish practices in some form. The exact origins of … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Who is a Crypto Jew?

The history of the Jews of Spain spans more than a thousand years. It ended tragically in 1492 with the edict of expulsion issued by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · Leave a comment