We will begin our walk through the Old Jewish Quarter of Palma by visiting its small Interpretation Center where we will learn about the island's secret Jewish history. We will then walk the narrow windy streets leading us through its labyrinth as we hear stories of the Spanish Inquisition and its effects on the community that are still being felt today. We will learn about the Chuetas (or Marranos) - a group of Mallorcan locals who are descendants of the Crypto-Judios from the 16th and 17th centuries. We will visit the statue of Jafuda Cresques - the most famous Jewish cartographer from Palma whose maps helped Christopher Columbus find the New World. We will see the sites where two old synagogues used to be. I will tell you which famous Mallorca foods have pork in it and why. We will learn about the exciting revival of the Jewish community today where many descendants are returning back to their Jewish roots after 500 years of hibernation and discrimination.
I am a TV commercial line producer that left NYC to live & work in Mallorca. Upon arrival, I learned of the secret Crypto Judio history of the island. I have also become a leader of the current Jewish community both in the synagogue as well as co-founder of Limud Mallorca - an organization that promotes Jewish history and culture. I am passionate about inclusivity, connections, and telling stories that are otherwise left untold. I love sharing my discoveries with others.
We can also provide a short video like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwweQ-h1o_c
Most of Jewish Mallorca is no longer visible due to reconstruction. We will visit the Plaza Major where the Inquisition house used to be. We will see the Parliament building where the names of the Mallorcan Conversos used to be displayed. We will walk the streets of the Silver-makers and Kosher Butchers where the descendants of the Mallorca Jews were forced to live and work. I will then recommend where to find the best falafel.