A story from my friend Juan Mejia, who works tirelessly on behalf of other anusim:
A rabbi friend is taking a cruise off the coast of South Africa with his wife.
On board he meets two Colombian Jews.
He has the article of the Jerusalem Report (“Out of Fear/Bnai Anousim Report to Judaism”) with him so he shows them. (The article is a remarkable piece on the obstacles facing anusim as they try to reintegrate themselves into the Jewish community.)
They say, with the South African coast in sight, “Why the hell would I want those shvartzes in my shul?”
Was Juan surprised to hear this story? No. After all, he’d been called an s-word himself in Columbia more than once or twice.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking…but Juan’s not black, he’s Columbian! But you know, all of us look the same to some people.