Bnei Anousim: video

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...

Author Ronit Treatman, a good friend of Shavei Israel, 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...

The Bnei Sefarad community in Cuba is an emerging Jewish community that consists of descendants of Sephardic and Portuguese 'Anousim' (those who were forcibly converted in the time of the Inquisition) and have gone through a deep process of reconnecting with the Jewish roots of...

The Shavei Israel Maani Center hosted the fascinating lecture entitled “Bnei Anusim, Past and Present” by our dear Edith Blaustein. It is important that from both a personal, and a national level we must not forget the past of the Jewish people; let us learn...

As part of our  Maani Center programming, with the help and advice of Shaar Binyamin and our dear friend Federico Pipman, representative of Mama Mía 360, this week there was a special personal stories panel called "Tales of Bnei Anousim." We had, as special guests,...

This week, after five long years and many battles, we were blessed at last to bring our friend Eliav, from Cuba, before the Conversion Court in Jerusalem. Happily, he passed the test with flying colors! Eliav's ancestors were Spanish Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism,...

[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...

If you're looking for authentic Sephardic delicacies, look no further than internet personality 'Sally That Girl In The Kitchen.' Here she shows you how to make authentic Sephardic-Turkish Borrecas (potato and cheese hand pies). "If you’ve never had an authentic Sephardic-Turkish Borreca before, you are in for...

As part of the expanded Shavei Israel online programming to provide services for our communities throughout the world, we have been holding a wonderful Zoom series in Spanish. In the following excerpt, hear from Federico Pipman, who made aliyah from Argentina 11 years ago, as he...