From Cuba to Chile, a Journey through Jewish Latin America

Alan Grabinsky, Americas Quarterly, 10/31/2019

A review of Ilan Stavans' new book exploring Latin America's diverse Jewish community.

Spain gets 127,000 citizenship applications from Sephardi Jews

BBC News, BBC, 10/01/2019

A deadline for Jews living outside Spain to request Spanish nationality has expired with 127,000 applications, most of them from Latin America.

Cache of Crypto-Jewish recipes dating to Inquisition found in Miami kitchen

Renee Ghert-Zand, The Times of Israel, 09/27/2019

New cookbook features unique kosher dishes unwittingly prepared by generations of a Catholic Cuban-Spanish family with hidden Sephardic Jewish roots.

Spanish city gathers descendants of Jews named after it

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 08/23/2019

In a bid to reconnect with its Jewish history, the city of Marchena in southern Spain organized an international reunion for foreigners named after it.

Descendants of forcefully converted Jews open mikvah in northern Brazil

Cnaan Lipshiz, JTA, 08/09/2019

Descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity inaugurated in Brazil what they say is the first ritual bath built for and by people with their family history.

After centuries of persecution, ‘lost’ Brazilian Jews struggle to regain their place

Eduardo Campos Lima, Religious News Service, 05/28/2019

In the past few decades, Brazil has experienced an unexpected Jewish resurgence fueled by the descendants of Portuguese and Spanish Jews forced to convert to Christianity in colonial times, who have lately recovered their lost identity and faith.

Always an Olivia: A Remarkable Family History

Carolivia Herron and Jeremy Tugeau, Kar-Ben Publishing, 01/01/2007

In 1805, a Jewish woman comes to America,kidnapped by pirates finding herself living among the Geechee people, who come from West Africa. Although her descendants no longer live as Jews, in each generation that follows, a daughter lights the Shabbat candles each Friday night in her memory.

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

Jacqueline Dembar Greene and Doug Chayka, Kar-Ben Publishing, 08/01/2009

When Symphony Conductor Don Fernando is asked to perform a concert, he and his son Rafael devise a clever plan to usher in the Jewish New Year in plain sight of the Spanish nobility.

Hanukkah Moon

Deborah Da Costa and Gosia Mosz, Kar-Ben Publishing, 09/01/2007

An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community.

10/14/2019

Recipes of My 15 Grandmothers: Unique Recipes and Stories from the Times of the Crypto-Jews during the Spanish Inquisition

Genie Milgrom, , 01/01/1970

Recipes of My 15 Grandmothers is a collection of recipes and stories from the times of the Crypto-Jews who were hiding and pretending to be Catholic during the Spanish Inquisition while practicing their Judaism underground through the present. The grandmothers of the family devised clever ways to disguise the fact that they were still keeping kosher while appearing to be eating pork.

08/28/2019

Shoshana and the Native Rose

Robin K. Levinson, , 01/01/1970

Part of the Gali Girls series, join Shoshana, a Brazilian Jew, as her budding friendship with an Indian girl reveals hidden biases, plunges her into danger, and spreads the light of Judaism where cultures collide.

03/21/2019

Jews of the Wild West: A Multicultural True Story

Kay Miller, Paint Horse Press, 01/01/1970

This book is packed with vivid paintings and great true stories about the real life adventures of Jewish pioneers in New Mexico.

Reconnecting 2016: Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage

Webmast, Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies, 09/07/2016

Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage, will be held in Miami, FL on Sept. 7-8. This conference is a milestone in Latino-Jewish relations and features an incredible line-up of the foremost scholars of Sefardi and Anousim heritage, as well as movers and shakers in the Latino world. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history!

How the Anusim Kept Pesach

David Abraham, Yated Ne'eman, 04/13/2016

The reunion

Marion Fischel, The Jerusalem Post, 03/09/2016

In search of lost Jews

Bella Scharf Zelingher, New Jersey Jewish News, 04/15/2015

Latinos in Comics featuring "Ghetto Brother"

Edgar Allen Poe Park, Bronx and NY, , 02/24/2015

In conversation with the author Julian Voloj, Melendez discusses growing up in the South Bronx, the events that led to the gang truce, and how it feels to be now in a graphic novel.

Portugal Okays Law of Return for Sephardic Jews

Jpost.com staff and JTA, The Jerusalem Post, 01/29/2015

Government in Lisbon approves changes to law on naturalizing descendants of Jews expelled five centuries ago.