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RECONNECTING 2016: Welcome to Miami on Sept. 7-8

The ISAS’s international conference, RECONNECTING 2016:
Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage, will be held in Miami, FL on Sept. 7-8.
This conference is a milestone in Latino-Jewish relations and features an incredible line-up of the foremost scholars of Sefardi and Anousim heritage, as well as movers and shakers in the Latino world. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of history!



“The Bible in Spain”: A 19th century reference to Crypto-Judaism in Spain

George Borrow (1803–1881) was a British author, adventurer, and agent of the Bible Society whose journeys in the mid-nineteenth century took him to both Russia and Spain. His The Bible in Spain, or, the Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of an Englishman in an Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula, published in London in 1914, contains a […]

“New research demystifies the origin of the surnames of converted Jews in Brazil”

Prof. Avi Gross of the ISAS is quoted in this article, which appeared in the Brazilian journal Oglobo in 2012.


Israel Independence Day Message

On this Yom ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day) and eve of Yom ha-Atzma‘ut (Independence Day), let us all remind ourselves of the crucial part the State of Israel has played in the preservation of the Jewish people. One cannot imagine Am Yisrael after the Holocaust without the State of Israel as its focal point: The remnant of […]

A Passover Greeting from the ISAS

To see this letter online, click here

Article about Passover among the Anousim by Ignacio Steinhardt

Ignacio Steinhardt, one of the most accomplished researchers on the Anousim of Portugal, wrote a personal account of his Passover experience with Anousim in a Portuguese village at Passover time. You can read his article here.

The ISAS recognized Mr. Steinhardt for his lifetime achievements in the field of Anousim studies at the “Mapping the Anousim […]

Special summer course Anousim leadership

The ISAS is holding a 4-week intensive seminar, “REINFORCING JEWISH ROOTS,” to promote leadership in Anousim communities in Brazil and Portugal from July 24 – August 25, 2016, at Netanya Academic College.

This ground-breaking event is geared toward enabling the leaders and movers of the Portuguese-speaking Anousim communities to learn more about Judaism and Israel. The […]

Latest ISAS Newsletter available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Hot off the press! The latest ISAS newsletter includes reports of events and other news about the institute’s activities during 2015. The newsletter is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions. After you open the link, just click on the language you would like to read it in: ISAS Newsletter 2015

Didier Long to speak on Corsican Jews

On April 19, the ISAS is hosting an event featuring author Didier Long, who will speak (in French) on his new book about the Jews of Corsica, “Mémoires juives de Corse.” His talk will include Jewish names and Marranos in Corsica, as well as significant events in Corsican history. The event will take place at Netanya […]

ISAS International Conference: Reconnecting 2016

ISAS International Conference

Reconnecting 2016:
Reinvigorating Shared Latino-Jewish Roots and Heritage
Date: September 7-8, 2016
Sunny Isles Beach, (Miami) FL, USA
(The originally scheduled date was May 23-24)
This high profile conference is dedicated to both enhancing Jewish-Latino relations as well as raising awareness regarding the forced converts (Anousim) from the Iberian Peninsula and their descendants. It will feature leading […]