The last hundred years of Spanish Jewry spent on the Iberian Peninsula soil constitute a slippery slope that just got worse over time. In the 1391 riots, many were killed sanctifying God's name through death (the Jewish act of “Kiddush Hashem”), and tens of thousands were forced to convert to Christianity. The infamous Spanish Inquisition was meant to cast away the Marranos who were accused of remaining loyal to their Judaic roots and to ensure its members did not revert to Judaism. The Spanish Inquisition caused Spanish Jews to leave their homeland, whereas the Portuguese Inquisition targeted the Jews who were forced to convert from Judaism to Catholicism. This series of events brought about the end of the once-glorious Spanish Jewry and was one of the most significant milestones in the history of the people of Israel.
Today we are witnessing a renewed awareness among the descendants of the Marranos who have expressed a desire and determination to connect in a meaningful way to their ancestors’ heritage. The phenomenon, which encompasses most of the Western world, is growing in a way that cannot be ignored.
The study of the history of Spanish Jewry and its culture and the study of the Marranos or Anousim, their history, and the processes of their return to Judaism, form the basis of the establishment of the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies (ISAS) at Netanya Academic College.
Recognizing that it is a moral right to re-adopt the heritage from which their ancestors were torn, the Institute considers it its obligation to provide those interested with a cordial and friendly response.
Honorary President – The fifth President of the State of Israel, the late Mr. Yitzhak Navon
Mrs. Anna Shalit
Mr. Inacio Steinhardt
Dr. David Altman
Mr. Shmuel Pinto, “Tzevah” Foundation
Prof. Abraham Gross
Mr. Moshe Ortas
Mr. Jacque Ben Ezra
Mr. Neil Davis
Prof. Jacques Cohen
Mr. Shlomo Buzaglo, CEO- [email protected]
Mrs. Esti Fienriech, Coordinator on behalf of the college 09-8607785 , 054-6649442
An Israeli registered association: The Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies (ISAS) is registered as an association in Israel
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