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Saturday, February 14

3:45pm EST

Sephardic Vignettes from the Balkans
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... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Sunday, February 15

12:00pm EST

The Displaced Persons
Over 140,000 bedraggled and penniless Holocaust survivors came to America after World War II, shorn of families and hometowns. Yet they built remarkably successful lives for themselves and their children. How did they do it? What was the subculture they established here? How were their children affected by having parents who were so unfamiliar with American ways and still in mourning for overwhelming losses? Joseph Berger wrote a 2001 memoir about growing up as a son of survivors.


Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger has been a reporter with the New York Times for thirty years, writing about religion, education, neighborhoods and issues in the Jewish world. He won the 2011 Peter Kihss Award for a career’s work. He is the author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Monday, February 16

10:00am EST

The Taboo History of Jews in Arab Countries
After 1948, the Arab League drove out 900,000 indigenous Jews from their countries. The Jews, whose history is not widely known, left after ethnic cleansing, torture, suppression of religion and vandalism. Carole Basri will present a historical overview, along with her own family’s story.


Carole Basri

Carole Basri is a filmmaker and lawyer of Iraqi Jewish descent. Her films provide a historical and personal view of the persecution, torture, escape and flight of over 160,000 Jews from Iraq between 1940- 2003. A graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, Carole is an... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST

10:00am EST

What's the Use of Jewish History?
Ever wonder where Jews come from and how Judaism came about? Come learn the basics of Jewish history—all 3,000 years of it! At the same time, consider the deeper meaning of history for Jews today. In one session we will survey the entirety of the Jewish historical experience, from its beginnings in ancient Israel to the diverse and multicultural Jewish world we currently inhabit. The overarching question—what is the use of Jewish history to us today?—will be addressed throughout.


David Kaufman

David Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator, with an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Jewish history from Brandeis. He has taught at the Hebrew Union College and Hofstra University and is the author of Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST