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Portuguese Jewish Heritage Exists Beyond Lisbon

Much of Crypto-Jewish history often focuses on Spain, but Portugal, of course, was a key site of Crypto-Jewish activity. The circumstances were often different than in Castile or Aragon but … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Portuguese Conspiracy

In 1640, the Duque de Braganca (King Joao IV) succeeded in throwing off Spanish rule in Portugal. Portuguese settlers were now seen as potential subversives. In Lima, the Inquisition conducted a … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

An auto-da-fé in Lisbon’s Terreiro do Paço.

Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Books on the Inquisition

The following is a list of books on the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. I hope to add to the list in other blog posts and will eventually add it to … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Returning to Egypt: Conversos who Returned to Spain and Portugal

While it is easy to focus on the Conversos who escaped Spain or Portugal and successfully reintegrated in Jewish life, there were others were not so successful. There were  also many … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Portuguese Town Tries to Amend the Past

The Portuguese town of Monsaraz is looking to make  amends for one aspect of its history by opening a Jewish cultural center. 80 residents of this town were persecuted hundreds of … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet with other Crypto Jews

Meet with other Crypto Jews Dallas Crypto-Jews is a meet for anyone interested in the subject of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism. The group is interested in the history of Sephardic Jews, … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment