It feels wonderful to be writing from the helm of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies. Just a few weeks ago, we were in the midst of a whirlwind at the 24th Annual Conference in Dallas and before I could even turn around, I had emerged from the Conference as the new President! I am very proud to be a part of the illustrious Board of Directors of this organization.
The Conference in Dallas surprised all of us with the depth and breadth of the work that was presented, as well as the musical and artistic talent that was represented. The city of Dallas warmly embraced us, and not only did our regulars come to the Conference, but we attracted many locals with interest in crypto Jewish lineages.
To acquaint you with my own background, please be aware you that I was born into a Roman Catholic family in Havana, Cuba and embraced Judaism on my own at a young age. Years afterwards, I suspected that I might have descended from a crypto Jewish lineage and started a journey that spanned several continents. I have since been able to prove an unbroken maternal line going back 22 generations to Pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. I not only understand the study of the phenomenon of crypto Judaism; I also live and breathe it in my own life. I understand the difficulties and I understand the triumphs that we face as a group.
Crypto Judaism is not new, as proven by the fact that our Society is 24 years-old, yet in the last ten years or so there seems to be a global awakening to the fact that the descendants of the crypto Jews are still here to tell the tales of their ancestors. It is this very fact that excites me the most as I take over the leadership of this organization.
We will continue to study, and listen to the wise words of scholars and descendants as we move towards the future.
I look forward to hosting our 25th anniversary conference in my own home town of Miami next year in July ! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at my website at www.geniemilgrom.com! Keep in touch and looking forward to connect with all of you! Genie Milgrom SCJS President