Buenos Aires’ Famed ‘Mishiguene’ Restaurant Is Popping Up In NYC

Michael Kaminer, The Forward, 09/06/2019

Tomas Kalika expands ideas of Jewish food by exploring recipes from the Jewish Diaspora.

Portuguese Town Reopens Renovated Museum about Crypto-Jews

News Brief, JTA, 08/24/2017

he Portuguese town of Belmonte has reopened its Jewish museum — the largest in the world about crypto-Jews — following a $350,000 renovation project.

Cuba’s Jewish History, from Columbus to the Present

Staff, Mosaic, 08/23/2017

Yosef ben Levy Ha-Ivri was a Spanish Jew who converted to Catholicism in 1492, just before Ferdinand and Isabella’s decree banishing Jews from the country went into effect. Shortly thereafter—now using the name Luis de Torres—he joined Christopher Columbus on his voyage across the Atlantic; legend has it that Columbus thought de Torres’s knowledge of Hebrew, Arabic, and other languages might be helpful in communicating with the natives.

Irene Shaland: The Island within an Island: The Cuban Jewish Story of Survival

Irene Shaland, Sephardi Ideas Monthly, 08/21/2017

Cuba has been a refuge for the Jews since 1492, when conversos sought a safe haven from the Spanish Inquisition. Today, a tiny but united community of one thousand remains after more than five hundred years of history and five distinct waves of Crypto-Jewish and Jewish immigration.

Growing Up Latina and Jewish, I Was A Contradiction

Laura Limonic, Forward, 07/31/2017

For the record, my brother is not adopted. He was born, and named in Argentina, where Jewish boys have names like Pablo, Jose, Federico, Mateo and Fernando.

To Reluctantly Go Where No Jew had Gone Before: The Adventures of the First Global Prophet

Rabbi Juan Mejia, Sh'ma a Journal of Jewish Ideas, 09/20/2012

Jonah is a book of firsts. It is the first time in the Bible that an Israelite gets on a boat (Moses’ basket joyride notwithstanding). It is the first time that an Israelite prophet is sent on a good will mission to a foreign nation.