My Family Were Hidden Jews for Over 500 Years. Not Anymore.

Orge Castellano, Hey Alma, 11/09/2020

My family lived in fear as Crypto-Jews, but I'm proudly breaking the family tradition.

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.

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.

On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 03/12/2019

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe — finally.

An Israeli singer in Amsterdam Creates the World’s First Ladino Pop Album

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 09/18/2018

Noam Vazana wrote her upcoming album “Andalusian Brew” in Ladino.

Spain honours Ladino language of Jewish exiles

Sam Jones, The Guardian, 08/01/2017

Royal academy sets up Judeo-Spanish branch dedicated to preserving language spoken by people expelled 500 years ago

From Spain to Salonika, a Disappearing Shavuot tradition revisited

Ronit Treatman, Times of Israel, 06/12/2016

A Greek-Sephardic custom until the Nazis decimated the community, will the ‘bread of the seven heavens’ soon be the crumbs of history?

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.


Farewell Espana: The World Of The Sephardim Remembered

Howard M. Sachar, , 01/01/1970

They number barely a million today, less than one-tenth of the world Jewish population. But long ago, on Iberian soil, they were the magisters of their people, and the leaven of Mediterranean civilization altogether.


In Mallorca, descendants of Jews forced to hide their faith now run the community

Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 01/01/1970

Pinya is a chueta, the name in Mallorca for about 20,000 people whose Jewish ancestors converted to Christianity centuries ago during the Spanish Inquisition.

5 Catalan Cities Step Away From Spain With New Jewish History Network

RAPHAEL MINDER, The New York Times, 06/07/2016

The reunion

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

First Cordoba-born rabbi since 1492 expulsion set on reversing history

RENEE GHERT-ZAND, The Times of Israel, 02/09/2016

No Jews and Zionists allowed!

Jeffery Salkin, Religious News Service, 08/20/2015

Remember the Monty Python line: “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition”? But that’s precisely what happened to the ex-Hasidic reggae star, Matisyahu.

Spain Approves Citizenship Path for Sephardic Jews

Raphael Minder, The New York Times, 06/11/2015

MADRID — Seeking to redress one of the darkest chapters of Spain’s history, the Spanish Parliament on Thursday approved a long-awaited law devised to open the way for citizenship for thousands of Sephardic Jews whose ancestors were expelled in 1492.

Five Centuries After It Kicked Them Out, Spain Welcomes Back Sephardic Jews

Shira Rubin, New Republic, 05/20/2015

JERUSALEM—Spain expelled some 300,000 Jews in 1492. Now, if everything goes as planned, it’s about to invite their descendants back. And the move has got all of Israel buzzing.