Juan Mejia

Bechol Lashon

Telephone: 405-245-8138

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Juan Mejía was born in Bogotá, Colombia. After discovering the anousim (converso) roots of his family, he embarked on a spiritual journey that led him back to the religion and the people of his ancestors. Since his ordination from JTS, he teaches Torah through his website (www.koltuvsefarad.com) and through the non-profit, Bechol Lashon, where he serves as their Southwestern coordinator.

Out of the Basement: B'nei Anousim Today

Contemporary Jewish Life, Lecture

Many Bnei Anousim (descendants of Sephardic Jews forced to convert during the Inquisition) all through Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the American Southwest are choosing to reconnect with their Jewish roots. Who are they? Why are they doing this? What challenges do they face? What does this mean for the future of the Jewish People? Rabbi Juan Mejia will address these questions based on his own experience of return and his outreach work among these communities.