does the story of secret Jews fascinate us? What is crypto-Judaism?
In recent decades, religious practices preserved in hiding
for centuries have become more widely known. Specifically,
families of Spanish Jewish descent have retained elements
of Judaism for five hundred years. What incredible religious
and cultural tenacity! For many, it is a discovered identity
that explains things in their lives that were a conundrum. Is
a person Jewish by genes, cultural heritage, by religious
practice and/or by choice? What survives for a person
whose ancestors were Jewish five hundred years ago?
Fractured Faiths traces the history of the Sephardic
and converso (converted) Jews from their Golden Age to
the twenty-first century, in both the land they left behind
and in the lands they later settled. Documents, maps,
paintings, and objects illuminate the history of Sephardic
Jews from Spain, through Mexico to New Mexico.
Fractured Faiths New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe,
Opening May, 2016