Crypto-Jews of the Southwest

Links compiled by Joel Alpert

Learn about the intriguing story of the descendants of the Spanish Jews who hid their faith during the Spanish Inquisition. Now over 500 years (20 generations) later they retain some of their Jewish customs, some with the distinct knowledge thatthey are Jews, and others who have no idea. Recently a course on the fundamentals of Judaism at a temple in Santa Fe, New Mexico attracted many who may have been seeking their Jewish roots.

Links to Information on the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico and Arizona

Read poetry by the Chicana Crypto-Jewish poet Miriam Herrera including "Kaddish for Columbus." New Dec 2007.


New Links from an article in the December 2006 Hadassah Magazine - "Return Receipt Requested" by Andree Aelion Brooks:



To become involved, contact :
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies - HALAPID
333 Washington Blvd. #336
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Click here to reach their web site
They print an informative newsletter quarterly
Other web addresses of interest:
The Alhambra Decree
Institut Sepharade Europeen
Instituto Maale Adumin (Judeo Espanyol)
Aki Yerushalayim (Judeo Espanyol)
Mexican Inquisition Documents at The Bancroft Library

Other Information of Interest: The origin of the name of the city of Albuquerque

Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, derives its name from the Turkish Marrano name Albukerk, which is a popular family name in Turkey. This city was founded by a Portuguese marrano named Alfonso de Albuquerque, governor of Portuguese India. His grandson, Luis de Carjaval y de la Cueva, named the city in memory of his grandfather. Fernando Lopez De Mendizabal, another marrano, was appointed governor of Albuquerque. He hid his Jewish identity for awhile, but, was discovered, tortured and executed.

Based on an article in AVOTAYNU, the International Reviewof Jewish Genealogy Vol X, No. 1, Page 49-50

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Created by Joel Alpert on March 25, 1998 | Last modified April 17, 2016