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The Converso & Latino Connection to Israel: Recapturing Your Roots

Hosted By: Jewish National Fund - USA (JNF)

Join Jewish National Fund-USA and Jewish Heritage Alliance for part two 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 two of our series, attendees will get an inside look into the lives of three descendants of conversos who found their way back to their Jewish roots.

Hear from Genie Milgrom, Hannah Eyal and Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo as they share their powerful stories of reconnecting with their Jewish heritage. Learn more at jnf.org/converso or email Sam Richardson at srichardson@jnf.org.

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Hannah Eyal

Hannah (once Ana) Eyal is a Portuguese Psychologist whose story, "Back to Israel” is an inspiring sequence of events that reminds every Jew what being Jewish is all about – to own an identity that’s able to survive for generations, one that can be revived even after hundreds of years. Genie Milgrom is a genealogist, researcher, and promoter of Sefarad. She is a past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, as well as the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. She has spoken at the Knesset in Israel, lectured around the world, and her work has been showcased in many publications, including the Jerusalem Post. Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo is an Affiliate Professor of Music and the Director of the Metropolitan State University of Denver Mariachi Ensemble and the Mariachi Correcaminos. In 2009, he was inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was presented with the Tesoro Cultural Center’s Tesoro de Oro Award.
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Jewish National Fund - USA (JNF)

Jewish National Fund - USA's strategic vision has been and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel.
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