Survivors of the Inquisition: Faith & Perserverance among the B'nei Anousim of Lisbon

B'nai Israel Congregation

Dates: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Jules and Navah Harlow

Rabbi Jules Harlow was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and served on the staff of the Rabbinical Assembly, most notably as Director of Publications, where he specialized in editing and translating the liturgy.

Navah Harlow is the founding director of the Center for Ethics in Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

The lecture will begin with an overview of the Inquisition as it affected Jews in Portugal, within an historical context. The Harlows will then present their experiences in teaching and meeting with b'nei anousim (descendants of Jews who were forcibly baptized centuries ago), the process of preparing them for coming before the Masorti Beit Din (religious court) in London for examination, and their acceptance as converts according to the requirements of Jewish law. The presentation will include details from the lives and family histories of those whom the Harlows have taught.

Suggested Reading:

  • The Other Within by Yirmiyahu Yovel
  • Conversos on Trial by Haim Beinart
  • Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation by Miriam Bodian
  • In the Shadow of History by Jose Faur


In memory of Renee and Frank Schick - Endowed by the Schick Family

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