1961 - Dr. Sanchez was told by his wife-to-be that she had Jewish roots on her mother’s side. He didn’t believe her because he had no knowledge of the descendants of Jews of Spain known as Sephardim or Sephardic Anusim.
1996 -Dr. Sanchez discovered that he had Jewish roots on both, his father’s as well as his mother’s side.
2000 - In an effort to help educate the Anusim in the Americas about their Jewish history, Dr. Sanchez founded the Aliyah Sephardic Center in the State of Texas as a non-profit organization.
2001 -After leading several groups to the Negev, Dr. Sanchez began to establish long lasting ties with government officials in the Negev in order to pave the way for the return of the Anusim to the Land of Israel.
2003 - Dr. Sanchez and his wife, Helen, devoted an entire month in the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute in the Negev, investigating David Ben Gurion’s perspective on Sephardic Anusim in the Americas.
2004 -During the International Jewish Genealogical Convention in Jerusalem, a recurring theme was: “The phenomenal awakening of Sephardic (Anusim) Jews” around the world.
2011 -Dr. Sanchez experienced a positive affirmation that they were on the perfect track when they witnessed a major ground breaking event entitled: “The worldwide awakening of the descendants of Secret Jews/Anusim” at the Netanya Academic College in Israel.
2014 - Dr. Sanchez had the honor of making a presentation on the history of Sephardic Anusim before the Harvard Club in New York City.
2015 - Dr. Sanchez was again honored to speak at the Anusim Conference of the Netanya Academic College in Israel. The title of his paper was: “Legacy of secrecy among Anusim (Crypto Jews) in America.”
"Since that day in the spring of 1996, I have been on a never ending journey. My journey includes millions of people just like me that are Hispanic or Latino but happen to be the descendants of secret Jews of Spain. Our forefathers endured a very bloody history as well as an expulsion out of the very land our own ancestors founded during the times of King David and King Solomon."
Our Mission Statement is to restore Sephardic Anusim to its true history and to collaborate in fulfilling ancient prophecies regarding their Negev homeland.
Our Vision is Obadiah’s prophecy: The exiles of Jerusalem that are (were) in Sepharad (which is Spain) shall occupy the Negev, (verse 20b).
Our Long-Term Goal is to build a community in the Negev for American Anusim that’s compatible to their culture and lifestyle.