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Ocasio-Cortez Reveals Her Family Has Jewish Roots

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By    |   Monday, 10 December 2018 09:18 AM

Incoming Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced at a Hanukkah get-together in Queens that part of her family is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

Ocasio-Cortez said at the event, organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice that “One of the things that we discovered about ourselves is that a very long time ago, generations and generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews,” according to JTA.

“During the Spanish Inquisition... so many people were forced to convert on the exterior to Catholicism, but on the interior continued to practice their faith,” she explained, describing to the crowd some of the difficulties these people faced in trying to retain their identity.

 “The culture in Puerto Rico was that people would open their closets, there would be this small menorah inside. And as they had children, and their children had children and their children had children, these cultures started to kind of mix and blend in a way that many people in those subsequent generations didn’t understand: to practice Catholicism on the exterior, but then when you’re at home, to practice Judaism.”

Ocasio-Cortez added that “I think what it goes to show is that so many of our destinies are tied beyond our understanding, beyond even what we know.” 

The progressive Ocasio-Cortez burst on to the national scene when she defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in an upset primary victory earlier this year at age 29, according to The Hill.

She then easily won the general election in the liberal 14th Congressional District in New York and has remained in the public spotlight.

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Incoming Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced at a Hanukkah get-together in Queens that part of her family is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.
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