Welcome to the
Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies

The Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies (ISAS) at Netanya Academic College in Israel was created in response to the incredible phenomenon of the descendants of the forced converts (Anousim) in medieval Spain and Portugal awakening to their Jewish heritage.

The ISAS promotes research on the historical and contemporary development of the crypto-Jews of Iberian origin. We offer seminars, courses, and conferences to educate the public about this phenomenon and its contemporary ramifications in Israel and around the world. We also offer assistance to those seeking confirmation of their Jewish ancestry through genealogical research.


NEW! ISAS Launches GoFundMe Campaign:

“Welcoming our Anousim Brothers”

We have launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, Welcoming our Anousim Brothers, to help gather the funds needed to realize our projects in the Bnei Anousim communities in South America and around the world.

We invite you to become partners with us in this mitzvah and help the descendants of the forced converts to recover their identities and restore pride in their heritage.

Be a partner in our mission! Every donation will be gratefully accepted.  CLICK HERE for more details about our work and how you can help.


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