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Map of Portuguese Jewish Sights Around the World

An interactive map which lists the locations and basic information for important Portuguese Jewish sights. This map is maintained by the Museum of Portuguese Jewish History.

The Register of Inquisition in Portugal and Goa India

The Register of Inquisition lists assembled in 1784 and entitled “A Collecção das Noticias” was once in the Library of the Dukes of Palmela and is now in the Jewish Theological Seminary Library in New York, who have kindly agreed to its publication.  The great majority of persons sentenced by the Inquisition were New Christians - descendants of the Jews of Portugal baptized in 1497, by order of Manuel I. This book gives an unrivaled picture of the whole range of the Inquisition's activities and is a primary source of the first importance for Jewish, Portuguese and Brazilian history and genealogy.


S&P Central Information Hub for Spanish & Portuguese Jewish Communities

A volunteer effort by S&P Central devoted to sharing information, interest and a sense of connection among Spanish & Portuguese Jewish communities around the world -- also known as Western Sephardim. With their special history, minhag, melodies, and cuisine, it is hoped that S&P and related communities will know more of one another and be able to share their knowledge and love of our mutual traditions.

Rede de Judiarias de Portugal- Network of Jewish Quarters of Portugal

The Network of Jewish Quarters in Portugal was established in April 2011 to encourage the rehabilitation of historic city centers and promote cultural tourism history.

Centre for Sephardic Studies and Culture at the University of Lisbon

Sephardic Studies in a scientific institution under the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon, which aims at boosting the historical research around the Sephardic communities of Portuguese origin.


Rufina Bernardetti Silva Mausenbaum has created a breathtaking website dedicated to Portuguese Sephardic history, and culture, that took knowledge to 3/4 of the world; making Portugal the first great modern civilization. Rufina is a lecturer and descendant of secret Jews from Portugal. She returned to orthodox Judaism and has devoted much of her time in educating/writing and speaking on the subject world-wide.

Early Modern Jewish Workshops

Workshops and conferences with the aim of defining the characteristics of Jewish development in the early modern period. As an outcome of this activity, a series of sources and papers dealing with different aspects of Jewish early modernity will be published, and added to the database.

The Society for Sefardic Studies

A central point for research and interests mainly concerned with the history and culture of the Jews of Sefarad and their descendants in the east and in the west, in all fields and disciplines, including history, philosophy, mysticism, literature, languages, art, music, folklore, education, archeology, liturgy, halakhah, Biblical and Talmudic studies etc. The purpose of the Society is to promote and coordinate research, organize conferences and workshops, offer information on research, publications and academic activities in the field of Sefardic studies.

Isaac Cardoso Center for Interpretation of Jewish Culture inTrancoso

Named after the doctor Isaac Cardoso, who lived in the 17th century in Trancoso, this Centre pays tribute to his work of preservation of the Jewish past. There is a small synagogue, Beit Mayim Hayim, a temporary exhibition space and the small garden in the ruins of the former building with sculpted cruciform and Hebrew marks in the stone. Visitors of Isaac Cardoso Interpretation Centre can access the archives of the 700 Jews who were born and lived in Trancoso, persecuted by the Inquisition.

Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture

Dedicated to preserving and promoting the complex and centuries-old culture of the Sephardic communities of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Europe and the U.S.

The Society for Crypto–Judaic Studies (SCJS)

Fosters the research of the historical and contemporary development of crypto–Jews of Iberian origin. Additionally, it provides a venue for the descendants of crypto–Jews, scholars, and other interested parties to network and discuss pertinent issues.

Judaica Europeana

One of a series of initiatives supported by the European Commission to establish Europeana, the European digital library. Europeana draws on rich content from libraries, archives and museums and will be launched in summer 2010.

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