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Crypto-Jews will gather in Denver next week

Some Hispanic families in Colorado have a secret – their Jewish heritage. These so-called “Crypto-Jews” are descendants of Conversos, Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago. That’s when Judaism became a matter of life … Continue reading

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The hidden history of Crypto-Jews in Colorado and the West

There are Hispanic Catholics in the American West who have Jewish ancestry. Yet their families hid, and sometimes forgot, their Jewish roots. These are descendants of Jews who converted to Catholicism five hundred years ago to escape torture during the Spanish Inquisition.  They … Continue reading

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How Major General Maurice Rose Became Known As The ‘Immaculate Killer Of Nazis’ And Redefined WWII Tank Warfare

Most Denverites are familiar with Rose Medical Center, but they probably don’t know the hospital was named after the highest ranking Jewish officer who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Major General Maurice Rose. Denver author Marshall Fogel … Continue reading

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Trinidad, Colorado’s Temple Aaron Closes After 127 Years

For the first time in 127 years there will be no Rosh Hashanah celebration at Temple Aaron in Trinidad. Colorado’s oldest continuously operating synagogue has held its last service, just before the Jewish New Year. And it’s for sale. In 1889 … Continue reading

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Bounty Offered For Historical Documents From 1880s Cotopaxi Jewish Colony

A reward is being offered for history sleuths. Back in the 1880s Jewish immigrants nearly starved trying to farm in Cotopaxi, a mountainous area  75 miles west of Pueblo. A wealthy Jewish businessman, Emmanuel Saltiel, is often held responsible for the failure of … Continue reading

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Before Israel, there were other Jewish promised lands, says Colorado professor

Today is Purim (March 4-5. 2015), the Jewish holiday that commemorates the time 2,500 years ago, when Jews were threatened with annihilation in ancient Persia. That threat has echoed around the world since then. When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu … Continue reading

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