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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

The Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies

The Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies is pleased to announce two new academic projects. The summary is below or you can see the original link at Sefardi and Anousim … Continue reading

September 4, 2018 · 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

Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism

I am extremely happy to announce the release of my book titled Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism. Unlike the other books I have published this year, … Continue reading

November 10, 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

Book Review: The Marranos of Spain by Benzion Netanyahu

This video reviews the Marranos of Spain written by Benzion Netanyahu, the father of the current prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. While controversial in its dismissal of Inquisitional records … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Bendigamos al Altisimo

Bendigamos al Altiisimo is a song sung by Spanish-Portuguese Jews (former Conversos) and Iberian Jews following the Judeo-Spanish tradition from Turkey. The tune that is used is also sung for … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment