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...

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...

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...