Jews in Early America. From Inquisition to Freedom

“SEFARAD: Jews in Early America; From Inquisition to Freedom” explores the role of Jews in the development of religious liberty in America from the arrival of the earliest community of Jews in 1654 through the end of the 18th century. This period witnessed arrival of Sefardic Jews and their settlement in port cities along the Eastern Seaboard of North America.

The Life & Times of Luis de Carvajal the Younger

Luis de Carvajal the Younger is a symbol of the Mexican and American Southwest Jewish past. His autobiography is perhaps the most significant artifact documenting the arrival of Jews in the New World: a small, tattered 16th-century manuscript written in an almost microscopic hand by Luis de Carvajal the Younger, the man whose life and pain it chronicled.

At the Crossroads of Sefarad, In the Footsteps of the Crypto-Jews

On March 24, 2022, the Bernard Museum at New York’s Temple Emanu El Streicker Center will debut the “Crossroads of Sefarad, In the Footsteps of the Crypto-Jews” mobile exhibit created by ANU – Museum of the Jewish People in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Alliance.

The Golden Age of Sefarad and the Abraham Accords

On March 27, 2022, Jewish Heritage Alliance, their co-sponsor, and co-hosting partners presented “The Golden Age of Sefarad and the Abraham Accords”, a special global online event which celebrates and connects the growing rapprochement between Israel and Arab countries taking place today, with the medieval Golden Age of Spain.

SEFARAD… Hiding in Plain Sight

On Feb 20, 2022, Jewish Heritage Alliance and their participating co-hosting partners presented “Sefarad: Hiding in Plain Sight”, a webinar that explores the fascinating story of Italy’s Bnei Anusim (crypto-Jews), from the Middle Ages to present day. Watch guest speaker Rabbi Barbara Aiello present directly her mountain village in Calabria in Southern Italy.

Sefarad… Hidden Legacies Uncovered

On January 30, 2022, Jewish Heritage Alliance and their participating co-hosting partners presented “Sefarad: Hidden Legacies Uncovered”, a webinar that will explore the unfolding drama endured by the crypto-Jews, those that were forced to convert to Catholicism during years of persecution and massacres.

Sefarad… To Be or Not to Be

During this webinar we explore the torturous, painstaking decisions facing the Jews of Sefarad upon the 1492 Edict of Expulsion announcement and the ensuing fate of 150,000 Jews and 25 generations of their descendants, both the openly practicing Sephardic Jews around the Mediterranean, and the conversos/crypto-Jews in the Americas.

Women of Sefarad Series: Heroines

On October 31, 2021, Jewish Heritage Alliance and their participating co-hosting partners resume the Women of Sefarad Series presenting “Heroines”, an event celebrating the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad who played a unique and special role during Medieval and Early Modern times.

Sefarad, The Untold Story That changed The World – Part 3

This segment will deliver the amazing journey of resilience, survival, and redemption, as we walk in the shadows of Crypto-Jews (Jews that were forcibly converted but tried to hold on to the Jewish tradition in secret) who lived their lives in mortal danger of the Inquisition. This webinar shows how conversos, despite incredible obstacles, strove to remain faithful over centuries to their ancestral legacy.

Sefarad, The Untold Story That changed The World – Part 2

This webinar will examine the Iberian Inquisition and its relentless pursuit of Crypto-Judaism for three and a half centuries on five continents, reshaping the world of Sefarad. The Inquisition is infamous for its tortures and persecution. In Spain and Portugal, this powerful tribunal sought out to uncover he act of “Judaizing” by the Jews who were forcibly converted to Christianity.

Exploring History, Memory, and Legacy – Part I

Jewish Heritage Alliance and their co-hosting partners invite you to attend a three-part series exploring the saga of Sefarad. The Sefarad experience is more than merely recounting a history; this is a far-reaching segment of Jewish and world history spanning centuries with profound consequences still unfolding in present day.

The Importance of Converso and Latino Communities – Part Three

You are invited to attend a three-part series exploring 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, massacred and forced conversions (conversos); but also, a time of hope, survival, and redemption.

Recapturing Your Roots – Part Two

On May 23, 2021 Jewish Heritage Alliance joined Jewish National Fund USA to deliver the second in a three-part series exploring the converso and Latino connection to Israel. During this presentation we presented three special guests sharing a similar destiny. They were all born Catholic, but they each embraced their Jewish Heritage differently.

Interiority and Hope

On May 2, 2021 Jewish Heritage Alliance and their co-hosting partners hosted the “Interiority and Hope” webinar, the third event of a multi-part educational webinar series celebrating the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad who played a unique and special role during Medieval and Early Modern times.

Rediscover The Converso & Latino Connection To ISRAEL

On April 25, 2021 Jewish Heritage Alliance joined Jewish National Fund USA to deliver the first of a three-part series exploring the converso and Latino connection to Israel. We discussed the converso phenomenon, spanning hundreds of years, from the early persecutions and Inquisition, through present day efforts assisting descendants of Sefarad in re-discovering their Jewish root.

Doña Gracia Nasi

On April 11, 2021, Jewish Heritage Alliance and their co-hosting partners hosted the Doña Gracia Nasi webinar, the second event of a multi-part educational webinar series celebrating the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad who played a unique and special role during Medieval and Early Modern times.

The Crypto-Jewish Women of Spain

On March 7, 2021 Jewish Heritage Alliance teamed up with several strategic partners and friends for the first in multipart webinar series celebrating the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad who played a unique and special role during the time of the Inquisition.

Pioneers: Remembering the First Jews in America

JHA teamed up with Museum of Jewish Heritage and Beit Hatfutsot for a special program exploring the lives and communities of the earliest American Jews. During this presentation we also discuss early arrival of descendants of Crypto-Jews to America’s southwest.

Rediscovering the Latino Connection to Israel

Jewish National Fund and JHA present a June 28, 2020 Zoom lecture “Rediscovering the Latino Connection to Israel” led by Michael Steinberger Founder and CEO of JHA and featured guest speakers Genie Milgrom and Ashley Perry (Perez).

In the Footsteps of Hispanic Crypto-Jews

The Miami Israeli Parliament and Jewish Heritage Alliance May 24, 2020 Zoom lecture presentation led by Michael Steinberger Founder and CEO of JHA and featured guest speakers Genie Milgrom and Ashley Perry (Perez).