Spotlight: Rabbi Juan Mejía and the Benei Anusim

Rabbi Juan Mejía speaks with Be'chol Lashon's Dennis Ybarra about his work with Benei Anusim.

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Newly ordained Colombian rabbi vows to help Conversos

By Ben Harris, JTA, May 28, 2009
Raised as a Catholic in Colombia and educated at Christian schools, Juan Mejía was on his way to becoming a monk when he discovered as a teenager that his family had Jewish roots. His grandfather would recall men gathering in darkened corners to place towels on their head and pray from a strange book. Read on...

Rabbi educates Crypto-Jews about their history

By María Cortés González, El Paso Times, July 31, 2009
Juan Mejía, who just moved with his family to Oklahoma from New York, believes his religious mission is to help other Crypto-Jews learn about their history. He was one of the featured speakers at the sixth annual Sephardic Anousim Conference July 31 through August 2 at Congregation B'Nai Zion. Read on...

Los Judios Nuevos: The Plight of the Anusim

By Juan Mejía, PresenTense Magazine, April 10, 2006
My impression is that the benei anusim's brightest hope lies with their American brethren. American Jews, with their strong democratic identity and their geographical closeness to the concentrations of benei anusim in Latin America, seem to be the natural choice to take a position of leadership in helping the benei anusim. Read on...

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