Bnei Anousim

The recent innovation in the life of the Belmonte community not only made this Yom Kippur special - it is going to improve the quality of Jewish life for all upcoming Shabbats of this new Jewish year. Now the local Bnei Anousim (descendants of forced...

This week, Shavei Israel communities all over the world together with all of world Jewry celebrated the beginning of the new, 5780th Jewish year - Rosh Hashanah. From Ecuador and Colombia to Portugal and Poland, people gathered in the synagogues and community centers to listen...

In anticipation of the High Holidays, Jewish communities all over the world immerse themselves in studying, praying and preparations for Rosh Hashanah. Bnei Anousim communities of South America are no exception; in particular, the Bnei Anousim of Chile participated in a special Torah study marathon...

Among the many emotional and exciting stories of people coming to Israel for Aliyah despite personal and financial hardships, the case of the Mizrachi family is exceptional. The couple met in Colombia where Avi, an Israeli Jew, was visiting in 1999. He and Liliana, who is Colombian and...

This Jewish month of Elul became special for the Bnei Anousim community of Cali, Colombia. Recently, they celebrated the hachnasat Sefer Torah – (dedication of a new Torah scroll), the third one acquired by this community. Traditionally this is a festive ceremony with music and...

A big mazal tov goes out to Rabbi Shimon Yehoshua, our emissary in Colombia, on his marriage to Helen, of Bogota, Colombia, in Bogota this week! The wedding was attended by dignitaries, friends and relatives from far and wide including Chief Rabbi of Bogota Alfredo...

This week the Ma'ani Center, along with Israel's Ministry of Culture, presented Esther Astrug, as she shared her extraordinary story to a Spanish-speaking audience; the latest in the series of conferences devoted to various lost and hidden Jewish communities around the world. Esther, who converted...

Mexico has become the home of many Anousim who wandered to the shores of the New World in hope of staying away from the Inquisition. Miriam, or as she was known previously, Cindy Montiel Tapuz, is a member of such a family. Just two years...

David Peretz, a young Jewish boy from Ecuador, immigrated to Israel with his family not long ago, dreaming of celebrating his bar-mitzvah with his family in Jerusalem. Last week, his dream came true, and the Peretz family enjoyed a beautiful and emotional event that became possible thanks to the...

Last week we published the first part of the interview given by Shavei's Chairman and Founder Michael Freund about the descendants of the forced converts of the Inquisition to the פנימה עלמה magazine. Here’s the next installment of this article. It happened 500 years ago, are people starting to look for their...