The Dona Gracia Project

Commemorating a Remarkable Jewish Woman

A modern interpretation of how Dona Gracia might have looked. The background shows her with her business partner and nephew, Don Joseph. Behind him is an arched window overlooking Venice. The artist was Arthur Szyk.

Contact us if you would like help in creating a program for adults or children based on the life of Dona Gracia Nasi: info@​donagraciaproject.org

Our Mission


The DGP (Dona Gracia Project) has as its goals:

• To bring global recognition and honor to the memory of a relatively unknown woman who is among the greatest women leaders of the Jewish world. Through multi-disciplinary activities, the DGP will promote the legacy of her leadership and business acumen, her commitment to her faith and her sense of responsibility to those in need.

• These activities will include: lectures, films, forums and panel discussions, music and theater that will focus upon, and promote, a greater cultural awareness of the Jewish experience on the Iberian Peninsula, issues of women’s empowerment, leadership and history.

• It will also include the contemporary issue of the b’nai anousim - descendants of forced converts who now seek to return to their Jewish roots. We support and will promote their efforts irrespective of which denomination of Judaism they wish to join.

• To create the Dona Gracia Nasi Scholarship Fund that will provide financial support to a young woman whose studies are in the fields of international business or politics - who could not otherwise further her education.



How to reach us?

Upcoming Events
July 5 - 11
A session on Dona Gracia will be part of a week-long program studying Jews in the Renaissance. Berkshire Hills Adult Vacation Center, Copake, N.Y.
August 3 - 5
Ninth annual conference of anousim/conversos. Congregation B'nai Zion, El Paso, TX. Details contact Sonya Loya, tav_22@yahoo.com
Numerous programs for Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, at the Hotel Elegante, Albuquerque, N.M. Contact Sonya for dates and details at: Email: tav_22@yahoo.com