In this webinar, we will learn the incredible stories of Porto’s Jewish history, from medieval times to the present, and the extraordinary roles played by two men whose names have largely gone unnoticed in Jewish and world history. Join JHA for what is sure to be a stirring and engaging online program.
On December 18, 2022, the world ushers in Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. This holiday commemorates the stunning military victory of the Maccabees over Syrian Greek rule in 164 B.C.E; it also celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, and most notably, the restoration of religious 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.