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Konrad Yona Riggenmann, PhD

The following text I drafted originally (with all due citations, references and also pictures) for the Society of Crypto-Jewish Studies whose member I am. Quien me presta una escalera? “Quien me presta una escalera?” is a line from a classic Spanish saeta song, asking: “Who will give me a ladder – to free Christ from […]

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Jorge Urbina Perez

Shalom, My name is Jorge, I’m a descendant of Mizrahi Jews who became Sephardic when they arrived in “Sepharad” (Spain). My paternal Great-Grandfather Simeon Urbina (Ohr-Binah) and maternal Great-Greatgrandmother Matea Perez escaped the horrors of the “Inquisition” in Spain. The stories that I see in this web give the impression that is easy to return […]

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Joel Perez

Hello, I have reverted back to my ancestral faith. I belong to a Sephardic Modern Orthodox congregation. I was born in Chicago, my family is from Nuevo Leon, Mexico and what is now New Mexico/Colorado. I have taken various DNA tests, have tested several generations and have corresponded with Bennett Greenspan and the results are […]

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Dori Yadegar

I am an Iranian born jew, live in Toronto Canada, I live here for 45 years, I know we are the descendant of inqusision, just recently through a cousin found out that before my grand father(mother’s father) there were no BIrth certificate, so I know only that my dad;s brother ‘s name was Sinor. I […]

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Fred Williamson

Hello, I am writing this for my wife Rosa. My wife is from Mexico and we have been married a long time. One day I was looking at some documents with information about her mother. I saw that she at one time used the surname Piza, I thought this was somewhat rare and wanted to […]

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Alfonso Rodríguez Sauza

My name is Alfonso Rodriguez Sauza, and I am a native of the city of Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato, México. I am married to Esmeralda and I have 5 children (Joshua, Alexa, Noélli, Edna and Sharleen Allison) and I earn a living as a Certified Expert Translator and simultaneous interpreter. My parents are Don Alfonso […]

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Allie Mousseau

My great grandmother was named Maria da Costa. She was from the Azores, Portugal. She immigrated and lived in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The family’s heritage and religion were never discussed when I was little (and before my birth my mother became a strict Jehovah’s Witness). I remember my mother saying she had “a Jewish nose […]

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Alicia Miller

“I had ancestry.com DNA test done it showed Spain, Portugal, Iberian peninsula DNA. I also found my grandparents were Crypto Jews. I would love to share how I came to this information. It is a bit long. Here is a list: 16th Great Grandmother Anntoinette DeLouppes (1510-1592), 16th Great Grandfather Pierre Eyquem DeMontaigne (1513-1565), 17th […]

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Arthur A. Martinez Luna

“I’m Arthur Anthony Martinez Luna. I would like to share my story. I’m 37 years old. I was born in Los Angeles California and so were my parents. But my maternal grandparents were born in Mexico. My stories and information come from my mother’s side of the family. For about 3 years, I was my […]

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