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Majorca Stories

Hosted By: Jewish Majorca

Join Dani Rotstein, founder of Jewish Majorca, for a four-part series about the history and culture of the Chuetas, the descendants of Jewish Conversos on the island of Majorca, Spain.

June 8, 15, 22, and 29. Participants are welcome to join all sessions, or just one.

The sessions meet at 2 p.m. London Time/ 9 a.m. Eastern Time

June 8: ‘Phoenix Rising’
Expose on the Modern Day Revival in Majorca. Learn about the Chuetas – Catholic descendants of the Jewish Conversos of the island – returning to their faith and becoming leaders amongst a diverse expat community, engaging in activities to reawaken the almost extinguished Jewish spirit.

June 15: ‘Jewish Roots in Mallorquin Cuisine’
Dani and Carla Rotstein and Chef Toni Pinya (Pinjas ben Avraham) hear a discussion and interview with a Spanish speaking Chueta, the famous kosher chef Toni Pinya, as he shares the story of his return to his ancestor’s faith. This will be followed by a Q&A.

June 22: ‘Escape to Majorca’
German Jewish Refugees in the 1930s on the Island – Dani Rotstein with Joan Perez in Spanish/English with local Historian and Documentary Filmmaker on the fascinating subject that is just now coming to light.

June 29: ‘It’s in the Genes!
The Chuetas have remained in the island with a collective consciousness of its origin. The main characteristics that distinguish this group are the 15 surnames traditionally known in Mallorca as Chuetas and their high degree of inbreeding. We will speak to a professor of genealogy who has conducted an immersive study into the DNA of this subgroup population.

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Dani Rotstein

Dani Rotstein moved from New Jersey to the island of Majorca, Spain, in 2014. There, he learned of the taboo history of the Conversos of the island. In 2018, he founded Limud Mallorca and has run over 50 successful events promoting diversity and inclusion in the small, yet growing, Jewish community. During COVID he broadened the scope and now connects Jewish and non-Jewish guides all over the world with communities that are seeking quality virtual programming. His company’s mission is to offer an interactive learning experience that engages anyone and everyone interested in culture and history.
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