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...

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...

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...

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...

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...