July 30, 2007

Exhibit on Crypto-Jews Opens in Brazil

A vivid exhibition tracing the history andexperience of the Bnei Anousim (Jews who hid their identity for fear of persecution) over the past five centuries opened this week at the Jewish Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first of four stops it will be making as it tours the vast South American country. The exhibition, entitled "Crypto-Jews: The Flame that the Inquisition Could Not Extinguish," was designed and produced by Shavei Israel (http://www.shavei.org/), a Jerusalem-based group that reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people.