B'nei Anusim Center for Education

Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

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

A 300 Year Old Siddur in England

The discovery  of a 300 year old siddur (Jewish prayerbook) has sparked curiousity among researchers in England. The siddur is actually a translation of a translation. The first Jews to … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

George Washington’s Letter to the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island

Visiting the Touro Synagogue this week was an amazing experience. I knew about its history but actually walking into the building was moving.  I was not aware of the fact … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Touro Synagogue

This video shows my recent visit to the Touro synagogue in Newport Rhode, Island. I stopped by the historic Spanish-Portuguese synagogue Jeshuat Israel, the oldest synagogue building in North America. … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sephardic Passover: Hodu L’Adonai Ki Tov

In the following recording,  Rabbi Abraham Lopes Cardozo records Hodu L’Adonai Ki Tov (Give Thanks to the L-RD for He is Good, For His Mercy Endures Forever) in the tradition … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shabbat Shalom- Spanish Moroccan Tradition

The following short song is a version of Shabbat Shalom sung in Spanish-Moroccan tradition. In the aftermath of the riots of the late 14th century and throughout the 15th century … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tzur Mishelo-Florence Tradition

This recording is the chorus of Tzur Mishelo. It is often sung before Birkat HaMazon (Grace after Meals) on Shabbat.  It is sung in the tradition of the Spanish-Portuguese Jews … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment