B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

A List of Recommended Books on the Sephardic Experience

I found an excellent list of books on the Sephardic experience. It was put together by David Shasha. E.H. Lindo, The Jews of Spain and Portugal (London, 1848, digital reprint) … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a 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

Coming Sephardic Lectures in the Dallas Area

For those in the Dallas area, the Jewish Federation of Dallas will be hosting a series of lectures on Saturday November 5th through Sunday November 6th as part of its Learning … Continue reading

October 7, 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

Spanish Village Named “Kill the Jews” Changes Its Name

For regular readers of this blog, you are well aware of the long history of Jews living in the Iberian Peninsula. Some of the earliest references to Jews living in … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Fading Shavuot Tradition from Salonika

The Spanish and Portuguese exiles from the Iberian Peninsula  in the 15th and 16th centuries found rest in what might seem an unlikely place today -the Ottoman Empire. Thousands of … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forced Converts and Contemporary Coercion

The problem of conversion under physical duress may seem relevant to history of Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced to convert in the medieval period. But the concept of duress or … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment