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...

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,...

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...

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...