The Position and SelfImage of Women in Sefardi Sources

First Annual International Conference Society for Sefardic Studies Jerusalem January 911 2011  The first annual international conference of Sefarad the Society for Sefardic Studies was held this past January 911 2011 in Jerusalem Founded in 2009 by Yom Tov Assis its current chairman Sefarad is affiliated with the BenZvi Institute and is administered through the [...]

Portrait of an Artist

Some years ago I was working on a series of paintings rooted in the  more recent history of urban life in New Mexico I used calaveras (skulls) as a metaphor for times past as I drew on stories from friends and relatives about places and situations the stuff of familial legend (see insert) At that [...]

The Portrayal of CryptoJews of the American Southwest

Review of Literature For almost three decades the story of the descendants of Jewish conversos or cryptoJews of the American Southwest has been big news in the popular press Everyone from the New York Times to Hadassah Magazine to the Forward has had a go at it on more than one occasion Over the years [...]

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 southcentral Colorado The Rio Grande River the highway [...]

Bimuelos: An Historical Recipe

Bimuelos: Honeyed Fritters from the time of the Inquisition Judging from Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition testimonies and from other documents relating to Iberian Jews Hanukah seems to have been an extremely minor holiday in late medieval Iberia Despite the holiday’s minor status in the lives of Iberian Jews a memorandum was prepared as a guide [...]

A Thread in the Tapestry

The Narros of Saltillo Mexico in History and Literature By Kathleen Alcalá Presented to the Society for CryptoJudaic Studies   August 21 2001 Pueblo Colorado   Published in Halapid Volume IX Winter 2002 My name is Kathleen Alcalá and I am a writer who lives in Washington State My first novel Spirits of the Ordinary [...]

Seth Kunin: Rabbi and Scholar

Several years ago Professor Seth Kunin and I attended a national conference of messianic congregations where I had been invited to lecture on the history of cryptoJudaism in New Mexico As we passed by the numerous displays of talletim kippot and prayer books Seth whispered to me "As a rabbi I’m appalled but as an [...]

Bob Hattem: Founding Editor of HaLapid

Early Member of SCJS He Attended First Conference A bookshelf takes up a whole wall of the room History books occupy most of the available space and a large portion of them are California History books One shelf contains early first editions dating back to the late eighteenth century Here is an eyewitness account of the [...]

The End of Jewry in Sepharad Land of the Hebrew Golden Age

In 1492 Jews in the Spanish kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were given a stark choice: baptism or departure from a land where they had dwelt since the days when their ancestors had called it Sepharad While Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castile are rightfully held accountable for decreeing the expulsion events of the [...]

Doña Gracia Nasi Translated from Ladino

(This fragment of a previously untranslated document in Ladino from Salonika eighty years ago reflects the continued focus on Doña Gracia by the descendents of the people she rescued It is from the Ladino publication Folyeton del Pueblo (Salonika 1929/5690) and discusses the role of Doña Gracia in protecting the anusim in the sixteenth century and then [...]