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...

Cuba’s Jews Take Heart From First New Synagogue Since Revolution

CAMAGUEY, Cuba -- Thirty-six years ago, Alberto Roffe's grandfather dug a hole in this city's only Jewish cemetery, lowered his community's prayer books into it and covered the crypt with concrete. Cuba's communist government had...

The Last of the Jews in Trinidad and Tobago: Hans Stecher tells the story...

The Jewish section tucked away in the corner of Mucurapo Cemetery is normally neat and clean. But weeds and flowers spring up wildly aroud the stone markers when Hans Stecher is off the island. Stecher,...

Samuel Ha-Nagid, Vizier of Granada, 993-d after 1056

One of the most famous of the Jewish notables of Moslem Spain was Samuel Ha­Levi, who is also known as Samuel Ha­Nagid. Beginning life as a shopkeeper, Samuel Ha­Levi ultimately became the chief minister...

The Silk Route: A Judaic Odyssey

One thousand seven hundred years before Marco Polo set out on his journey from Venice to China, Persian/Jewish traders pioneered the route from the Near East to Kaifeng, then the Capitol of Imperial China. The...

Un cuento de Purim – Historia de Leon y Dina

Gran inseguridad reinaba en Bohemia en los tiempos del rey Juan de Luxemburgo, quien solía encontrarse más en los campos de batalla de toda Europa, en busca de hazañas y conquistas, que en su...

A Brief History of the Sephardim of Curaçao

The island of Curaçao is situated in the southern Caribbean about 40 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. It was discovered in 1499 by Alonso de Ojeda, one of the captains of Christopher,...

Las Tablas eran de Piedra – Un artículo sobre Shavuot

"Yo había subido al monte a recoger las tablas de piedra, las tablas de la alianza" Deuteronomio 9:9 De piedra eran las tablas. De un material simple y barato. Si algún ser humano hubiera sido encargado de...

Toledo: Capital of Sepharad

When a title for these remarks was suggested to me some time ago in Madrid, I purposely refrained from asking whether the theme centered on the recent designation of Toledo as the capital of...