Berbers and the Jews, a Unique Relationship; The Historical Background

JEWS MOVE WEST Blocked from escape to the east, many Jews found refuge to the west. The westward movement of the Jews from Egypt and Cyrenaica to the Barbary states was once again swelled by...

Exodus from the Amazon

Hundreds of descendants of Moroccan Jews living along the Amazon are returning to Judaism and making aliyah. Michael Freund traveled to the tropical forests of Peru to find out why. >It is a sweltering...

When Missionaries Wrote in Yiddish: The Rise and Fall of Missionary Yiddish in America

Residents of and visitors to Jewish immigrant neighborhoods in America at the turn of the twentieth century noticed a phenomenon that at first glance seemed like an oxymoron -- Christian missionaries distributing tracts in...

The Jews of South Carolina

Exhibit Highlights 300 Years of Tradition, Assimilation and Conflict Like much of the southern United States, South Carolina has a long and complex Jewish history -- in fact, at one point, there were more Jewish...

Marrano

The term marrano refers to the Crypto-Jews from the Iberian peninsula, i.e. descendants of Jews who were forced to adopt the identity of Christians. The term marrano denotes in Spanish "damned," "accursed," "banned";...

The association with Queen Esther

In all the region of Coimbra, Santa Isabel, or, as the people call her, the Holy Queen, is the object of the most successful Marrano Jewish or crypto-Jewish cult in Portugal. She is mainly...

Tomás de Torquemada

At his birth (1420, Torquemada, Castile, Spain) Tomás already had something to hide: his grandmother was a converso; a converted Jew; a New Christian. Spain had more converted Jews than any other country; some had...

The Sephardic Jews

By the end of the first century A. D. there were Jews all around the Mediterranean Sea and with the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the persecution of the Jews began. In the Iberian...

The Marranos Celebrate Yom Kippur in Amsterdam

Two ships were drifting helplessly in the North Sea. High winds and stormy seas damaged the rudders, and the ships were at the mercy of the storm. Fortunately, the ships were driven towards the...

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...