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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Conversos and the Sabbatean Movement: The Unlikely Supporters of Sabbatai Zevi

In 1665-1666 the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi (also written as Shabbetai Zevi, Shabbetai Tzvi, Shabtai Sevi, etc.) spread like wildfire throughout the Jewish communities of the Mediterranean and northern … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sabbateanism and the Converso Experience

By David Gonzalez Guajardo             In the events leading up to the outbreak of Sabbateanism, conversos came to the forefront of Jewish history. This group suffered much persecution and struggled … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Crypto-Jewish Sabbateans: The Donmeh

The story of Crypto-Judaism usually revolves around Spanish and Portuguese Jews who converted to Catholicisim between the 14th and 16th centuries and their struggles to maintain Jewish life amidst the … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

On Marranos and Sabbateans

Ezer Kahanoff wrote an interesting article on the relationship of the Sabbatean movement and former Conversos throughout Europe. Kahanoff discusses in part the two dominant trends in Europe at the … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Converso Involvement in the Sabbatai Zevi Movement

By Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez The rise of Sabbatai Zevi and his messianic movement greatly impacted communities comprised of former Conversos. In 1666 for example, many of the members of the … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 2 Comments