Bnei Anousim: Personal Stories

https://youtube.com/shorts/Vpth3xZHCTM?feature=share This fun video short by Unpacked, the website that helps people uncover the complex Jewish world, introduces our own Chaya Castillo, and her husband Eliav Riera, who are both descended from 'crypto Jews' who were forcibly converted to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition.Their families fled...

"The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography" by Susan Chevlowe (2005) is a beautiful photographic coffee table book. Featuring ten photographic and video projects by emerging and mid-career artists, all commissioned by The Jewish Museum, the book presents a range of provocative discussions of the...

Shavei Israel, together with the Beit Midrash Sephardi, have appointed Rabbi Eliyahu Franco as a new emissary to El Salvador, where he has taken up his position to work to strengthen Jewish life in the country. More than 500 years after their Iberian Jewish ancestors were...

Converts: The Journey of Becoming Jewish, a Holyland Productions film, follows several non-Jews from around the world as they go through the conversion process.  The film takes us behind the scenes on their journey of self-discovery as they negotiate relationships with family, friends and significant others....

Elisha and Esther Chaya Anaya celebrated their wedding in a beautiful and joyous ceremony in Beersheba, recently. It was quite a long, but rewarding, process that led them there. The Anayas, originally from Colombia, chose Judaism; despite their Catholic upbringing, and despite the fact that they...

Shavei Israel has a new Emissary in a most likely of places: Cuba. And we are all very excited about providing this community with much-desired Jewish support!  Rabbi David Córdoba, himself born in Cuba, emigrated to Israel in 2018 after his own personal quest where he...

While most newly married couples are likely to take off for a honeymoon immediately after their wedding, in Jewish tradition a bride and groom continues to celebrate with the community for a week following the wedding. Each day, the bride and groom are treated to...

Everyone at Shavei Israel rejoiced as longtime Shavei employee, Chaya, married our most recent addition, Eliav, earlier this week. But the celebration was more than just that of a wedding, and more than just that of the joy shared by coworkers. This love story has been...

[caption id="attachment_149114" align="alignleft" width="141"] Ronit Treatman[/caption] Author Ronit Treatman grew up in Venezuela, only to discover, decades later, that many of the Catholic families she grew up with are actually descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities forced to convert during the Inquisition. Ronit, who lives in...