Bnei Anousim: Personal Stories

Fifteen Jewish families in Guatemala City with nowhere else to go came together to build the Shaar Hashamaim Bnei Anousim (Converso) community. Among the community’s founding members is Gerardo Flores and his wife, Aury de Flores. But they are more than just figureheads. The couple, married...

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 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...

We work with many communities around the world and occasionally will profile some of the amazing locals who volunteer as representatives. These generous individuals help us organize our activities in the best way possible, and reach more people in their respective regions. One of these...

We work with many communities around the world and occasionally will profile some of the amazing locals who volunteer as representatives. These generous individuals help us organize our activities in the best way possible, and reach more people in their respective regions. One of these...

We work with many communities around the world and occasionally will profile some of the amazing locals who volunteer as representatives. These generous individuals help us organize our activities in the best way possible, and reach more people in their respective regions. One of these...

There are many people without whom Shavei Israel's activities to reconnect Jews and Jewish descendants to their roots wouldn't be so effective and successful: these are our representatives and community leaders all over the globe. One of these special people is Miquel Segura Aguilo from...

The worldwide Shavei Israel team includes community leaders and volunteers that help us organize our work in the most effective way and improve the quality of Jewish life in different communities. Meet Fernando Flores Castaneda from Guatemala, current President of the Shaar Hashamaim Jewish Zionist...

The Antolinez family grew up in a small Christian town in Colombia. They never imagined they would one day be living as Orthodox Jews in Israel. Here's their story....