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 In this Issue:
Program Panels and Events
Philadelphia, PA Conference
November 5-7, 2017
 

September 19, 2017
 
 
 
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Robyn Helzner Trio
From Beijing to Biloxi, and from Moscow to Miami, the Robyn Helzner Trio radiates a passion for Jewish music that captivates listeners. The Trio’s compelling arrangements of both new and traditional songs have made them leading interpreters of World Jewish Music. Robyn brings a life-long appreciation of the power of folk music to resonate across cultural boundaries.

Performing at the SCJS Conference on Sunday
November 5, 2017

Fleeing religious persecution, Sephardic and Crypto-Jews journeyed worldwide seeking safe haven, including to the New World. While the clandestine nature of the Crypto-Jewish communities precluded them from establishing new Jewish music traditions, they were influenced by the musical and religious roots of their ancestors. The Robyn Helzner Trio will highlight music of the Sephardic Jews and link the Crypto-Judaic experience to the broader legacy of the Jewish people through a rich repertoire of World Jewish Music.
 
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The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies is honored to
share with you the fascinating speakers and additional
events on our conference program, November 5-7, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.
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SUNDAY
November 5

 
GENEALOGY/DNA WORKSHOP
Genealogists Adam Brown and Schelly Talalay Dardashti

 
INTRODUCTION                  
The First Crypto-Jews: The World of Western Sephardim
Joshua de Sola Mendes

 
PANEL 1 - ARTISTS

The Making of "Traces of Sepharad, Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs"
Mark Shanker

From Out of the Shadows - Bringing the Crypto-Jewish Experience
to the Stage
Deborah Baer Mozes

The Historical Context of Sephardi Music
Jack Kessler
 
TOUR: MIKVEH ISRAEL HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE (1740)
History and Spanish & Portuguese Traditions
Albert E. Gabbai
 
ANNUAL JUDY FRANKEL MEMORIAL CONCERT

The Robyn Helzner Trio will highlight music of the Sephardic Jews and link the Crypto-Judaic experience to the broader legacy of the Jewish people through a rich repertoire of world Jewish music.

 
MONDAY
November 6

 
PANEL 2 - EXPLORING IBERIAN ORIGINS

Towards a Reconstruction of Catalan Nuscha’ot
Neil M. Frau-Cortes

Academic Power and False Converts  in the Hispanic University
in the 16th-century               
Ignacio Ruiz Rodríguez

The Hidden Jewish Culinary Heritage of the Iberian Peninsula
through a 13th-century Manuscript
Hélène Jawhara-Piñer

 
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Family and Faith: Converso Networks and Crypto-Jewish Spirituality
Ronnie Perelis
 
PANEL 3 - THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY

Advanced YDNA Discovers a Lineage of Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Suspected Crypto-Jewish Men
Rachel Unkefer

Portuguese Archives for Genealogy
Dolce Pinheiro Vieira

From New Jersey to El Paso, a Rabbi’s Journey to Crypto-Jewry                
Stephen Leon

Transmitting Identity: Conclusions and Perspectives
from the 2016 SCJS Conference Survey
Seth Ward
 
 
PANEL 4 - PERSONAL NARRATIVES

Cohen of Georgetown SC: A Family History of Low Country Secret Jews
Sadie Pasha

African Crypto-Jewish History and the Journey of the Respes Family
in the Americas             
Gamaliel Respes

The Indigo Route - The Judeo Conversos of Trifinio:
Were they connected to the Atlantic Sephardim?
Rosa Marina Siegel
PANEL 5 - BRAZIL AND THE CARIBBEAN

Conversos and Sephardic Jews in the 17th-century Sugar Trade
in Brazil and the Caribbean
Yda Schreuder

The Crypto Jews of Brazil    
Arthur Benveniste

An Island Within an Island: The Jewish Experience Against
the Background of Cuban History             
Irene Shaland
 
FILM SCREENING

"Challah Rising in the Desert,"with producer Paula Amar Schwartz
and director Isaac Artenstein

 
 
TUESDAY
November 7

 
PANEL 6 - CRYPTO-JEWISH LOCALES

The Exploration of the Diversity of Crypto-Jewish Practices
in the Spectrum of Religious Frameworks in Texas
Irina Tsukerman

Remembering the Hidden Jews of Mexico City (17th- and 18th-centuries)
Jose Ovadiah Navarro

Lesser-Known Routes of Crypto-Jews to North America
Yitzchak Kerem    

 
NOTED SPEAKER

The First Practicing Crypto-Jewish Family in Mexico
David Gitlitz
 
SIXTH ANNUAL MARTIN SOSIN ARTS ADDRESS TO ADVANCE SCHOLARSHIP IN THE CRYPTO-JUDAIC ARTS

The Effect on Musical Choices and the Role of Music in Shifting
and Consolidating Identities
Judith Cohen


PANEL 7 - CRYPTO-JUDAISM AND LITERATURE

Diaspora and Hybridity, Jewish and Crypto-Jewish Women
Write the Caribbean
Linda Weinhouse

Jewish Spain in American Tongue: The Sephardic Return
of Emma Lazarus             
Leonard Stein

The Hiddden Maccabean Fight for Freedom in Luis de Carvajal
and in Miguel de Silveira
Shari Goldman Gottlieb

               
PANEL 8 - EXPANDING CRYPTO-JEWISH STUDIES

Hebrew Calendar as adjunct to Crypto-Judaic Studies
Merrill Shapiro

The Organization of "The Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto-Jews" (JOSPIC-J)            
Abe Lavender

Ladino Elements in American Hispanic Dialects
Rachel Amado Bortnik
 
CLOSING REMARKS/ADJOURNMENT
 

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Debbie Wohl Isard                              
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La Granada’s  readership includes scholars and researchers within various academic disciplines from the American Southwest, all around the country and the world; talented artists, musicians, and writers; descendants of crypto-Jews who "return" and want to share their voyage of discovery with others; descendants of crypto-Jews who are interested in the historical but not necessarily religious implications of their discoveries; genealogists; geneticists; speakers of English, Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, Turkish, Aramaic, Hebrew and other languages and dialects; and lay people with and without Iberian, Sephardic, or crypto-Jewish ancestors

 

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