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Join Us at the Knesset on OCTOBER 13, 2015

We invite you to join us at the inaugural session of the new Israeli Knesset Caucus for “Reconnection with Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Communities.” This historic event will occur on Tuesday 13 OCT 2015 in Jerusalem. SEATING IN THE KNESSET IS VERY LIMITED. Please send in your confirmation using the Registration form if you plan […]

Lisbon JNCL 2015 International Congress

Lisbon Jews and New Christians of the Lusophone World (JCNL) 2015 International Congress

On December, 1496, King Manuel signed the Edict of Expulsion of the Jews from Portugal, after centuries of sometimes peaceful, sometimes troubled coexistence within Christianity. This edict would be one of the great propellers of the Jews dispersion worldwide. Conversos and sometimes Jews […]

Shana Tova! שנה טובה

All of us at the ISAS wish you a happy new year — Shana Tova! May we all be inscribed for a long a happy life.



David del C.W.: Back to my Jewish Roots in Toledo (with visuals)

David del C.W. is half Spanish, half Dutch, and fully Jewish. He discussed his search for Jewish ancestors on both sides of his tree and his decision to make Israel his home at the March 2015 “Mapping the Anousim Diaspora” conference organized by the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies at Netanya Academic College in […]

Certificate of Appreciation to Sabah Foundation

Netanya Academic College (NAC) awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to the Sabah Foundation for its strong support of the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies at the Institute’s “Different Perspectives of Jewish Law, the Jewish People, and the State of Israel towards the Secret Jews (Anusim)” conference in March 2014. NAC President Prof. Zvi Arad (right) presented the certificate […]

Attorney Jay Sanchez Takes the Case: Bnei Anousim vs. The Inquisition

New York Attorney Jay Sanchez spoke at the “Mapping the Anousim Diaspora” in March 2015 on the topic, “Jewish Pirates and Lawyers of the Caribbean and their Fight against the Inquisition.” After giving a moving account of his research into his own Converso background, Jay discussed his view that international legal precedents in effect at […]

12th Annual Anousim Conference in El Paso, TX

Prof. Avraham Gross will be the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Anousim Conference at Congregation B’nei Zion, El Paso, Texas, July 31 – August 2, 2015. On the concluding day of the conference, he will participate in a panel discussion on “The Future of the Anousim Centers in Israel,  College Station and El Paso  (Texas)” with Rabbi Peter Tarlow, Ph.D., […]

Society for Crypto-Jewish Studies’ 25th Annual Conference

Prof. Avi Gross gave a presentation about the mission, activities, and future goals of the ISAS at the 25th annual conference of the Society for Crypto-Jewish Studies, held in Miami, Florida, July 19-21. For more information about the SCJS, click here:  http://www.cryptojews.com/conf2015info.php

Yael Cohen at the “Mapping the Anousim Diaspora” Conference

The ISAS’ chief genealogical researcher, Dr. Yael Cohen, gave a presentation at the conference entitled, “Genealogical Research Unit at the Institute: Presentation,” in which she introduced herself and related how she came to this field and our plans for the Unit.


“Portugal – A Meeting with Descendants of the Anousim” Evening

The Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies and Ayala Geographit hosted a special event (in Hebrew), “Portugal – A Meeting with Descendants of the Anousim,” on 18 December 2014. The program, chaired by Tami Fortis, a tour guide for Portugal, and Shlomo Buzaglo, manager of the ISAS, included a special 3rd night of Hanukkah candle […]