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  • Jefferson was Jewish? Who knew?

    By Lloyd Garver

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 28, The New York Times reported that Thomas Jefferson possibly had some Jewish ancestors.

    Geneticists reporting in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology concluded that this Founding Father may have had a Sephardic Jew on one of the limbs of his family tree in the...

  • What’s Portuguese for Cohen?

    By Marcus Moraes

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A major new tool can help Brazilians learn about their possible Iberian Jewish origins: the "Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames," a 528-page tome featuring some 17,000 surnames of Sephardic Jewish families from Portugal, Spain and Italy and their descendants.

    Written in Portuguese and...