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These papers originally appeared in HaLapid, the publication of the SCJS. More articles will be added to this page with each new issue of HaLapid.

CALL FOR PAPERS 25th Annual Conference Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS 25th Annual Conference Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

Please join us for the 25th annual conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies to be held in Miami, Florida, Sunday, July 19 through Tuesday, July 21, 2015 SCJS proudly confirms that our keynote speaker will be Ainsley Cohen Henriques, former president of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica, and currently a director […]

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A Letter from our new President

A Letter from our new President

It feels wonderful to be writing from the helm of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies. Just a few weeks ago, we were in the midst of a whirlwind at the 24th Annual Conference in Dallas and before I could even turn around, I had emerged from the Conference as the new President! I am […]

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Free Online Class: Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain.

Free Online Class: Deciphering Secrets: Unlocking the Manuscripts of Medieval Spain.

The University of Colorado System and Coursera.org are opening a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that SCJS president, Roger L. Martinez-Davila, Ph.D has developed with the generous guidance and assistance of Dr. Francisco Garcia-Serrano Nebras (St. Louis University-Madrid), Dr. Anthony Puglisi (Valladolid, Spain), Mr. Marciano Martin Martin (Hervas, Spain), Lic. Esther Sanchez Calle of the […]

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Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry  of Mexico

Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry of Mexico

In 2010 I made a series of monotypes on the subject of Doña Gracia Nasi y Mendez, which were used as part of the game-board for the game “Befrienders and Betrayers” that I presented to the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference in San Antonio, TX.  The monotype template was from a photograph I took of […]

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A Comparative Study of the Identities  and Perceptions of Crypto Jewry  and “Traditional” Mexican Jewry

A Comparative Study of the Identities and Perceptions of Crypto Jewry and “Traditional” Mexican Jewry

Abstract Crypto Jews are Jews, or descendants of Jews, who converted to Christianity under the threat of death.  Much research exists both about crypto Jews in Mexico and the Southwest United States and about “traditional” Mexican Jewry and formal Jewish communities in Mexico.  However, little is known about the complexities of the dual identities of […]

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Justa Méndez’s Half Century  of Resistance to the Inquisition  of Colonial Mexico

Justa Méndez’s Half Century of Resistance to the Inquisition of Colonial Mexico

Unending Crypto-Jewish Faith:   When we think of the Iberian Inquisition today, images of intolerance, zealotry, and torture often come to mind.  A happier outcome of the Inquisition’s devotion to procedure and establishing its version of truth was the compilation of vast quantities of records that, paradoxically, gave voice to the very people whom the […]

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Finding My Loya Kinsmen in Israel

Finding My Loya Kinsmen in Israel

The Eighth Annual Anousim Conference took place in Israel in 2012 and it was the first visit to that land by many of the Anousim in our group. This was a home land journey most had only dreamed about, until we departed on August 1st. It was almost the same date that Cristobol Colon set […]

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Of Crypto-Judaism and the Charming of Bulls

Of Crypto-Judaism and the Charming of Bulls

First of all, you must be able to sing in Spanish.  Then, you must be able to sing as if all you had ever known was Love.  Then the bull will hear you.  Then the bull will respect you, will come running. The Rio Grande Valley of the Deep South was home to my parents, […]

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We Remember Richard Santos

We Remember Richard Santos

Pioneer historian of crypto Judaism was welcome speaker at SCJS Conferences One morning last February, friends and colleagues of Richard Santos received a message from Juan Marínez, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, informing them that the pioneer historian of crypto Judaism in the American southwest had passed away at the age of 73, at his […]

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The Artist as Cassandra

The Artist as Cassandra

Last summer, I was invited to exhibit my paintings at the SCJS conference and talk about my experience in creating them As this was the first time I had spoken in public about the paintings I call “The Crypto-Jew Series,” I thought long and hard about my thoughts and personal feelings about how it feels […]

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