“The Secret Jews of Majorca Island"


Danforth Jewish Circle

This is a free event for DJC members, but we are asking those who are able to make a donation to the DJC (suggested donation $10-$36 per household; non-members $36)

Explore the hidden Jewish history of Majorca in this unique virtual tour series

Dani Rotstein is a film producer, history-teller, Rikud-aholic, and community organizer living in the Balearic Islands of Spain. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to Majorca Island in 2014 where he learned of the taboo history of the Conversos or Chuetas native to the island. Since then, he has made it his life’s passion to continue exploring, uncovering and sharing this interesting piece of little-known Jewish history. He believes  that the revival of modern Jewish life in Spain can be a shining light to the rest of the world.

PART 1: Sunday, March 7, at 11am EST

(recommended program for families)


PART 2: Monday, March 8, at 7:30pm EST

(recommended program for adults)


Sign up is free! Space is limited.





Part 1

Medieval Majorca – The Golden Age

We will visit the inside of the permanent exhibit in the Jewish Quarter Interpretation Center inaugurated in 2015 as we trace the footsteps of the Medieval Jews who walked the narrow alleyways of the casco antiguo – or old town. We will learn about famous Mallorquin rabbis, philosophers, and cartographers such as Jafuda ben Cresques. We will also learn about the terrible attacks on the Jewish quarters of the island in 1391 that would later set the stage for the forced general mass conversion of 1435. Come and look for clues and hints that suggest a robust Jewish community that was extinguished over centuries in the fires of the Inquisition.

Part 2

Crypto-Judaism – Keeping the Faith During the Inquisition

We will learn about the famous failed boat escape of 1688 when 40 Crypto-Jews tried to flee the Inquisition of the island unsuccessfully. This interactive route challenges the viewers to imagine how secret Jews kept their Jewish traditions behind closed doors. What were some of their customs? How did they pass on through the generations this “illegal” religion? In his new and cutting-edge virtual tour, Dani Rotstein brings his wealth of Jewish informal education straight to your living room, pulling back the curtain on the Spanish island’s secret Crypto-Judio and Converso history. Don’t miss your chance to discover a unique 600 year-old community, one that the global Jewish world is helping bring back to life!


Love this initiative and would like to help promote educational and cultural tourism on Majorca island? Please make a donation to Jewish Majorca.