A recent JTA article highlights the Jewish community of Nicaragua, which just doubled in size thanks to the conversion to Judaism of a group of families there.
The converts trace their ancestry to Sephardi Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition.
According to the JTA article, “following the conversions conducted at the Managua home of a community leader, 22 couples wed according to Jewish tradition in a Managua social hall rented for the occasion.”
“This is a new trend in Jewish history,” she said. “In the last 100 years we have seen the Holocaust, the destruction of all Jewish communities in Arab lands and the rebuilding of a Jewish homeland. We are now entering an era of rebuilding the Jewish people.
Bonita Sussman, vice president of Kulanu, a New York-based nonprofit group that supports communities around the world seeking to learn about Judaism, said, “In general, while there may be some hot spots of interest in Judaism in the Western countries, for the most part serious interest in religion is a thing of the past. Today, however, the interest lies in Africa, South America and India. As Jews we must be part of this exciting new development.”