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Tour of Spain Part Three: Chuetas–A Segregated Society (online)

Sunday, February 21, 2021 9 Adar 5781

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

During the Inquisition, the Crypto-Jews or ​Chuetas​ publicly professed Catholicism while privately adhering to Judaism. Synagogues were secretly built in private homes. Signs of this “secret” community can still be found today with many of the current jewelry shops having been kept within their families for generations  beforehand​! These Catholic descendants of the island’s Jewish Conversos were treated like second class citizens for centuries. They were forced to marry within this subgroup of 15 infamous family names all the way until the early 1900s. Now some are reclaiming their lost identity either through genetic testing or religious reaffiliation. It’s a story you have never heard before! And will never forget!

Click on the links below to learn more about each topic:
​​​​​​​Part 1: Medieval Majorca–The Golden Age
Part 2: Crypto-Judaism–Keeping the Faith During the Inquisition
Part 3: Chuetas–A Segregated Society​​​​​​​
Part 4: Rebirth & Renewal–Modern Day Jewish Revival
Part 5: Taste of Spain–Jewish Roots in Today’s Cuisine

Dani Rotstein is a film producer, history-teller, Rikud-aholic, and community organizer living in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to Majorca Island in 2014 where he learned of the  taboo history of the Conversos or ​Chuetas​ native to the island. Since then, he has made it his life’s passion to continue exploring, uncovering, and sharing this interesting piece of little-known Jewish history. He believes that the revival of modern Jewish life in Spain can be a shining light to the rest of the world.

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