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13 shed 'crypto' tag in return rite

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 12:00 am

The men, women and boy who surrounded two rabbis at the front of the modestly appointed conference room smiled brightly for the cameras of their supporters. An observer entering at this culminating moment would never have known that this room in the Residence Inn Phoenix Airport Hotel had been just as full of tears during the Ceremony of Return held Nov. 4 by the Association of Crypto-Jews of the Americas.

From the stories that many of these 13 told, it was clear that the tears were of joy and relief because they had passed through much rejection and ridicule before finding the ACJA and a path to full participation in Judaism.

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