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Rediscovering the Converso & Latino Connection to Israel

Hosted By: Jewish National Fund - USA (JNF)

Join Jewish National Fund-USA and Jewish Heritage Alliance for part one of a three-part virtual series that explores the converso and Latino connection to Israel. This compelling story of the Sephardic experience begins hundreds of years ago with the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. This was a profound period of persecution, pogroms, and forced conversions (conversos). However, it was also a time of hope and survival with many of the converso community seeking to hold on to their Jewish traditions in secret, thus creating the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon wherein many descendants of the conversos are making their way back to their Jewish roots, and some are returning to the land of Israel after more than 500 years in hiding.

In part one of our series, Rabbi Peter Tarlow, PhD, a world-renowned expert in the subject of Sefarad, will discuss his outreach to the Latino communities and descendants of the conversos, while Rabbi Gilberto Ventura will provide insight regarding his outreach efforts in assisting converso communities throughout Brazil to re-discover their Jewish roots. Learn more at jnf.org/converso or email Sam Richardson at srichardson@jnf.org.

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