Shavei Israel Chairman Michael Freund spent several days in Portugal last week. The organization helps "lost Jews", meaning people with Jewish roots who have become assimilated over the years. One special focus is on Bnei Anousim, decedents of Jewish victims of the Spanish Inquisition.
In Lisbon, Freund met with Portuguese Bnei Anousim who are studying with Rabbi Elisha Salas, Shavei Israel's emissary to Portugal. He also met with Portugal's Secretary of State for Culture, Francisco Jose Viegas, to discuss ways to revitalize Jewish culture in the country.