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...

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 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...

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...

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,...

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...