Children gather outside the El Transito synagogue and Sephardic Museum in Toledo, Spain. Founded in 1357, the synagogue was converted into a church following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Spain is now preparing to pass a law that would allow the descendants of the expelled Jews receive Spanish citizenship.
Mexican Sephardic Jews RETURN TO CENTRO HISTORICO, A Mexican Jew Looks at His Roots Author Ilan Stavans visited Mexico City, and rather than go to the neighborhood where he grew up he went to the historical district downtown. It was there that conversos, the Crypto-Jews found out by the Inquisition were burned at the stake. Centuries later, in the same district, both Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazim and Sephardim from the Ottoman Empire made their homes as peddlers.