Personal Stories

Personal stories of people who have discovered their Jewish heritage.

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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Reclaiming a Heritage

Reclaiming a Heritage

During the tumultuous ’60s, when the Civil Rights movement exploded and the great American “melting pot” idea was rejected, minorities and other groups began rediscovering and reclaiming their heritage and customs.  This is when my interest in family roots emerged and, while I didn’t realize it then, it was to have a profound effect on […]

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Exploring Our Family History

Exploring Our Family History

My story begins in the year 2000. I was a Deputy Sheriff in California and after twenty years, I decided to retire in the year 2000. Since high school, I have been very interested in Spanish History, so when it came time to retire, I planned it that on the day of my retirement I […]

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EULOGY FOR DENNIS DURAN

EULOGY FOR DENNIS DURAN

Dennis Duran speaking at the Synagogue founded by former crypto Jews  in Belmonte, Portugal, 1994   Dennis Duran, 2012   SANTA FE, NM, AUGUST 31, 2012 This is a very sad day for all of us.  We are here to mourn the passing of our friend – our brother – Dennis Duran. It was my […]

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Fear of Snakes: The Dynamics of Fear and Hiding Among Crypto Jews

Fear of Snakes: The Dynamics of Fear and Hiding Among Crypto Jews

By M. Miriam Herrera   We crypto Jews are the smallest minority within a minority.  We live on the edges among those whom the majority thinks are our people, most of us even live at the edge of town…  Where all the Mexicans live, roped in by laundered lace flouncing atop the front porch in […]

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What I’ve Always Known

What I’ve Always Known

by Joel Peres  This is very difficult to put into words because my emotions concerning this topic are so strong.  However, my whole life I’ve known that I am a Jew.  I may have not always embraced my identity, but I have always known it.   I learned this at an early age, when my father […]

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The Call of Santa Maria’s Bells: Reclaiming Identity

The Call of Santa Maria’s Bells: Reclaiming Identity

  By Doreen Carvajal  Every quest has a romantic origin. Mine started with the call of the bells of the basilica of Santa Maria that toll the rhythms of life in Arcos de la Frontera. It is an ancient, white pueblo on a yellow sandstone ridge on the southern frontier of Spain with two towering […]

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Tours of the Past through the Present -Returning to Sefarad:

Tours of the Past through the Present -Returning to Sefarad:

The Ladinokomunita Group visit Spain October 6-18, 2010 For each of the last four years, Ladinokomunita (LK) members have gotten together to tour a country with historic or current Sephardic significance.1 After Israel, Turkey, and Argentina, in the autumn of 2010 we visited Spain, the land of our deepest roots. For many it was their […]

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Discovering My Crypto-Jewish Roots

Discovering My Crypto-Jewish Roots

My name is Joe Arnold Trujillo. I am the first son and second child of Jeremias (Jerry) Trujillo and Maria Rosana (Mary Rose) Quintana. I was born on the farm of Felipe Quintana, my maternal grandfather, near Capulin, Colorado. Capulin is located in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado. The Rio Grande River, the […]

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A Thread in the Tapestry –

A Thread in the Tapestry –

A Thread in the Tapestry –
The Narros of Saltillo, Mexico, in History and Literature
By Kathleen Alcalá

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