HaLapid Spring 2008

Tracing My Crypto-Jewish Ancestors

Tracing My Crypto-Jewish Ancestors

The Jewish genealogist working in a Sephardic milieu has it easier than one who works with an eastern European family tree. The Jews of Spain acquired family names beginning with the 10 th or 11 th century. Most Eastern European Jews did not adopt family names until the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19 th […]

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A Messianic Epiphany: The Conversion of the Dönme Sabbateans

A Messianic Epiphany: The Conversion of the Dönme Sabbateans

In 1683 approximately three hundred Jewish families voluntarily converted to Islam. This voluntary mass conversion took place in the Ottoman city of Salonika and was the largest conversion of its kind. There are several explanations as to why this conversion took place. The main reason stems from the fact that this group of Jews was […]

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UNM Institute Supports Project to Document Crypto Judaism in Spanish Caribbean Islands

UNM Institute Supports Project to Document Crypto Judaism in Spanish Caribbean Islands

The Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico has initiated a project to document the history and ethnography of crypto-Judaism on the Spanish Caribbean Islands of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and pre-English Jamaica. The project involves the collaboration of historian Stanley M. Hordes, Adjunct Research Professor, and anthropologist Seth D. […]

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Baal Teshuvah: I Am Ready to Return

Baal Teshuvah: I Am Ready to Return

In the years of researching my Jewish family history and studying Judaism, I have finally come to a place where I feel reconnected with my Sephardic ancestry. As a descendant of crypto-Jewish heritage, I feel compelled to reclaim my Jewish faith and family lineage in order to preserve what is left and also build onto […]

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