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Saturday, February 14 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Sephardic Vignettes from the Balkans

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How was a Sephardi rabbi able to save his town—and possibly the whole region—from a cholera epidemic? And how did another rabbi save the Bulgarian capital from arson? Why did Austrian Emperor Joseph II banish the notable Arieh family, which then went on to establish one of the most successful and influential Jewish dynasties in the Balkans? Come hear about these and other notable moments in the rich history of Jewish life in Ottoman Salonica, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.


Joseph Benatov

Joseph Benatov holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays which were staged to wide acclaim in Bulgaria. Benatov lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in the Balkans and the fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust. His article on the topic appears in the anthology Bringing the Dark Past to Light. Every... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm

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