Kulanu is delighted to announce our first Crypto-Jewish SpeakingTour! Building on years of successful speaking tours, we are excited to introduce you to Jonatas Chimen, who will be speaking across North America from October, 2017 to June, 2019. Jonatas is a Brazilian-American Jewish artist who expresses his experiences as a descendant of the crypto-Jewish community through his creations, especially the Jewish experience of being a refugee or immigrant in exile. He engages with his identity through painting, sculpture, performance art, and writing.
Jonatas’ family come from the crypto-Jewish tradition in Spain/Portugal, and he is descended from victims of the Inquisition who were forced to convert from Judaism to Christianity. You can learn more about Jonatas here
Bring Jonatas to your communityJonatas’ tour will include a presentation of some of his original artworks in a format to suit your needs and wants. He will discuss the story behind each piece’s creation and how it relates to his personal and community experiences of Judaism and Bnei Anousim. Expect to learn plenty about this special Jewish community, to think deeply with Jonatas about what it means to be an immigrant, and to experience beautiful and moving works of art. Get in touch to start the process.