The Jews of the Canary Islands – Calendar of calumny

Lucien Wolf was depicted in the history pages of the Zionist movement as one of those stumbling blocks that Chaim Weizmann had to bypass on his way to reaching the Balfour Declaration. During the...

Portuguese Crypto Jews

Portugal and Madeira On August 19 1994, Haim Shapiro described in the "Jerusalem Post", an ancient and secret Yom Kippur ritual still practised by Marrano families in northern Portugal. Women gather together and braid oil...

Jews in Cape Verde and on the Guinea Coast

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND IN PORTUGAL In Iberia the Reconquista movement was growing in its mission to recover their lands from the Muslim Moors who had first arrived in the 8th century. Jews may have first arrived...

The Jews of St. Eustatius

St Eustatius is one of the Netherlands Antilles islands, along with St Maarten, Saba, Curaçao, and Bonaire. The island earned a unique place in the annals of the history of the United States...

The Jewish history of Sao Thome e Principe

The Jewish history of Sao Thome e Principe, two small islands off the west coast of Africa, close to Guinea, includes a tragic era. In 1493, one year after the Jews were expelled from...

Strengths, challenges of tiny community like those of U.S. Jewry

Anete Hulak is believed to be the oldest Jew in Brazil´s Recife. She arrived in the small northeastern city in 1927 from Bessarabia (now Moldova), and remembers the Recife Jewish community´s heyday. Then there was...

Comunidad Sefaradí en Venezuela

En Venezuela siempre existió una importante comunidad sefardí cuyos primeros representantes llegaron a Coro por invitación del Libertador. Estos primeros inmigrantes judíos tuvieron el valor de venir a esa Venezuela de los cien años...

For Cuban Jews, endless deprivation

HAVANA - Birds enter through the synagogue's broken windows and leave their droppings on the faded velvet seats. During religious services, most of the sparse crowd sits in the first two rows to be...