the spring of 1996, my (Dell F. Sanchez’) father
told me of the family secret that had been kept from
him until his 77th birthday. This well-kept secret was
that my Dad’s father had told his family that
he had been given up for adoption by a high-ranking
officer in the Mexican Military in the mid-late 1800’s.
After Dad inquired of his older cousins he discovered
that this secret had been preserved by the Sanchez daughters
and passed on to their eldest daughters who knew portions
of the family secret all along. This launched my wife,
Helen and me into a lifetime of impassioned research.
In fact, prior to our marriage, Helen declared to me
that she had Jewish roots on her mother’s side.
However, I had never heard of people with Spanish surnames
having any kind of Jewish heritage and I certainly had
no concept of what it meant to be Sephardic either.
Her mother’s maiden name is Martinez and her father’s
surname is Ancira. Now, had it been Martinestein and
Anciraberg, maybe I would have believed it because I
was only familiar with Ashkenazic surnames not Sephardic.
Immediately, we began to visit libraries all across
the Southwest of the USA in search of truth that might
support this Sephardic secret among our people. Among
the institutions we probed were libraries and archive
centers in Texas, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah,
Mexico, Spain and Israel. We also checked out the special
archive collection in the University of Arizona at Tucson
and the LDS genealogy center in Salt Lake City.
Within the first year of our discovery, I traveled to
Israel armed with a professional cameraman as we crisscrossed
Israel in search for answers to our roots. We have continued
traveling to Israel at least twice each year, particularly
during the High Holy Days every fall. During our visits
to Israel, we have gone where few Americans dare not
go with the single question, Hablas Español,
("Do you speak Spanish?”); and interviewing
as many Israelis as possible in this quest for truth.
We figured that if we could find Spanish-speaking Jews
in the Promised Land, it would be very likely that they
were Sephardic or of Spanish descent, and they were.
As a result, we have produced over sixty teaching videos
on the history, prophecy and destiny of Sephardic Anusim.
The overarching question is why and how Jews got to
Spain from Israel and from Spain all the way to the
Americas. We have also published four books on this
subject both in English, Spanish, and one in German.
My first book is a classic, one-of-a kind titled, –
“The Last Exodus” with its Spanish counterpart,
“El Ultimo Exodo.” The second book is the
sequel titled, “Aliyah! The Exodus Continues”
and its Spanish companion, “Aliá! El Exodo
Continua.” My third book was published with the
thought, “Now that we think that we know who we
are—where to from here?” This book’s
title is, “Sephardic Destiny” and in Spanish,
“Destino del Sefardim.” The fourth book
is a historical novel titled, “Obadiah-the despised
prophet of Sephardim” and in Spanish, “Abdias-el
profeta despreciado del Sefardim.” The first three
books are historical and the fourth one is a historical
novel based on the true text of the Bible’s book
For the last decade, Helen and I have enjoyed doing
conferences and seminars all across America, Mexico,
parts of Europe and also Israel. These presentations
are the synthesis of all my books, television broadcasts
and DVDs. The amazing thing is that I have discovered
that these presentations stir up the soul of my fellow
Sephardic Hispanic/Latinos so deeply that they are moved
to undergo a major change in their lives. I have been
interviewed on numerous radio and TV programs that are
syndicated nationally and internationally. Meantime,
I have also published a host of articles for various
magazines and a column that’s published in La
Prensa, a local bilingual newspaper with an international
During the last few years Helen and I have been feverishly
involved in establishing a community in the Negev of
Israel for the Aliyah of Sephardic Anusim among Hispanic/Latinos
of the Americas. We have made incredible progress in
every facet of this huge endeavor. One of many positive
results is that we now have an office in the Ramat Ha-Negev
Regional Council which is in the heart of the Negev.
If you want to pioneer with us in building this incredible
community for my people, please click on the following
link for more details and information. It’s Time
& Build Now!
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