Queen Esther: ‘Patron Saint’ of Crypto-Jews

Queen Esther: ‘Patron Saint’ of Crypto-Jews

Faced with threat of execution for Jewish observance, Sephardi conversos created the festival of Santa Esterica to replace Purim. Discover the special meaning of Queen Esther to the crypto-Jews of Iberia and their descendants.

Read the fascinating article here or enjoy the lecture below. 


Ronit Treatman, a close friend of Shavei Israel who is a food editor of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, and the creator of Hands-On Jewish Holidays, is an expert on the topic of Bnei Anousim.