Bnei Anousim

Like in previous years, this Passover our communities all over the world enjoyed the holiday, though perhaps more subdued than usual with the very real situation of war in Israel and 133 hostages remaining in captivity in Gaza. Extra prayers were said and empty seats set...

Shavei Israel had the honor of having two very special guests: David and Denise Heiblum, survivors of the October 7 attack, who shared their personal story about their approach to Judaism and a message of hope. Denise and David were married not long ago in a...

On April 22nd, Jews around the world will celebrate Passover, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the deliverance of our ancestors from slavery to freedom. In this difficult year of war and displacement, it won't be as easy for many to wholeheartedly celebrate. Some, including 80...

This has been a difficult year for the entire Jewish world. Contemplating a holiday such as Purim, one typically celebrated with such joy, was incredibly challenging while we are in such pain. Many people adjusted the tenor of their celebration, but for most people it...

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...

After almost three years of research, Dr. Idan Pérez edited and published the Sidur Catalonia several years ago. The prayer book is based on six manuscripts from the 14th-16th centuries and constitutes the recovery of the ancient Nussach Catalonia, the Jewish custom of the prayers used...

The Spanish island of Mallorca maintained a lasting and notable Jewish community dating back to the second century. Flourishing and accepted during both Muslim governance and following the Christian "reconquest" in 1229, Mallorca's Jewish population faced a turning point in 1435. As a result of...

It was a stellar night in Brussels at the EU Parliament with the screening of Genie Milgrom's film 'Between the Stone and the Flower: The Duality of the Conversos'. Followed by a beautiful Moroccan dinner with many thoughtful questions, the exciting new film received an...

Juan's Big Secret is a special book geared for children and adolescents which tells the story of Juan, a child from Palma de Mallorca, who discovers the great secret of his family: his Jewish origins. Amela Einat is the author of this fascinating story that has...

When we think of Queen Esther, the first thing that comes to mind is that incredible Jewish woman who saved the children of Israel from the disastrous decree of King Achashverosh. At every moment in history we always find people who inspire us and transmit...