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Sunday May 22, 2011
8:00AM - 12:00PM

Crypto-Jewish Seminar

Category :: Educational
What is a Crypto Jew? Crypto Jews were Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal who converted to Catholicism in the late 14th century after the expulsion of 1492. Some willingly converted and others were coerced. Many Crypto Jews secretly continued to practice Judaism and passed on a hidden legacy to their descendants.

Did your family light candles on Friday nights without knowing why? Did they sweep to the center of the room and n...ot over the threshold? Did they ever cover mirrors when a relative died? Did they ever do any of these unusual practices (and more) and not understand why? Then you just might have a hidden heritage…

If you are interested in learning more about this intriguing history join us at
Congregation Shaar Hashalom, Houston, TX
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Limited Seating, Please RSVP Today


8:00-8:15 Welcome
8:15-9:15 Dolores Sloan- Crypto Jews in the
American Southwest
9:15-10:15 Rabbi Peter Tarlow-Cervantes as a Crypto-Jew
10:15-11:15 Bennett Greenspan- Family Tree DNA and the Crypto-Jews
11:15-12:00 My Journey of Return by Mari Barkhausen

$20 donation per person suggested
Please, Register or RSVP by May 20, 2011
Make checks payable to: Congregation Shaar HaShalom
16020 El Camino Real
Houston, TX 77062-4414
Contact: David or Maria Barkhausen @ (281)557-5588 or
Rabbi Stuart Federow @ (281)488-5861
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For More Information:
Congregation Shaar Hashalom
16020 El Camino Real
Contact Name:
Mari Barkhausen
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