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Sephardic Topics to Dominate International Genealogy Conference in Seattle This Summer

Seattle Sephardic Jews interested in genealogy are in for a fantastic treat this summer as Seattle becomes host to the 36th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

The conference takes place Aug. 7-12 at the downtown Seattle Sheraton. Everyone is invited to sign up to attend! Go to the website for registration details. To pique your interest, we've looked into the vast program schedule to highlight events of interest to the Sephardic community. Take your time looking through everything the conference has to offer. Then, please, sign up for what promises to be an amazing event!

Sunday, Aug. 7

1:30 to 3 p.m. - FILM - Song of the Sephardi

3 to 3:30 p.m. FILM - Sephardic Jews and the Pike Place Market

4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Hidden From History: How to Research Early Multiracial Jewish Families (dealing in part with Caribbean Sephardic Jews) by Laura Liebman

7 to 9:30 p.m. - Keynote address - Sephardic Family History as Jewish Family History by Prof. Devin Naar, University of Washington Isaac Alhadeff professor in Sephardic Studies

8:30 p.m. FILM - Flory’s Flame (Flory Jagoda)

Monday, Aug. 8

Various talks of interest to the Sephardic community include:

7:30 to 8:45 a.m. - The Western Sephardim, a Minority in a Minority in a Minority by Harold Zvi Rabbie

9 to 10:15 am - The `Other' Side of Jewish Genealogy: Sephardic Research by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. SephardicGen and its Resources by Jeffrey Malka

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. -  Re-igniting the Spark:The Genealogical Research Unit at the Institute for Sefardi and Anousim Studies – by Yael Cohen


12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Hidden Ones: Sephardim and Trauma by Marci Fine

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. -  Migration from Allepo between 19 - 20 century: Background, Reasons and Destinations by Avraham Sfadia 


1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - The Sephardic Genealogy and History of Romania by Ytzchak Kerem

3 to 6 p.m. - FILM: 2,000 Years of Freedom and Honor: The Cochin Jews of India   and Sephardic

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm  Sephardic SIG Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 9

1:30 to 2:45 p.m.  - Sephardic Surnames Through the Millenia by Jeffrey Malka

3 to 4:15 p.m.  - Dona Gracia Nasi of the House of Mendes: Sephardic Resistance to the Spanish Inquisition by Rosalinda Gonzalez

4:30 to 5:45 p.m.  - Following the Greek Orthodox to the Americas, Migrations of Sephardic Jews to Seattle by Yitzhak Kerem


4:30 to 5:45 p.m. -  From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A search for Jewish Roots by Genie Milgrom

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. -  Converso Genealogy Project; Tracking the Diaspora of the Iberian Forced Converts  with Brooke Ganz, Genie Milgrom, Abraham Gross

Wednesday, Aug. 10

7:30 to 8:45 a.m. - Working by the book (literally) in Sephardic research

9 to 10:15 a.m. - Records About the Holocaust and the Sephardic Community by Megan Lewis

9 to 10:15 a.m. Estrella, My Savante: On Shifting Languages and Landscapes (about her Rhodesli roots) by Hannah Pressman

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Jewish Portugal: The Past and the Present by Genie Milgrom

3 to 4:15 p.m. - Crypto-Judaic Studies Panel with Genie Milgrom, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Bennett Greenspan

Thursday, Aug. 11

9 to 10:15 a.m. - Different Traditions Even In Death: Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi Tombstones by Madeleine Isenberg

10 to 11 a.m. FILM: An Evolving Jewish Presence in Ancient Sephardic Communities with Linda Levi, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives

11 to 11:30 a.m. - FILM: Sepharad: Music of Sephardic Jews, Director: Asher Tlalim 

11:30 a.m.  to 12 p.m. - FILM: Morocco: Music of Moroccan Jews, Director: Asher Tlalim 

12 to 1:30 p.m. - FILM: Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey, Director: Eugene Rosow 

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. - From Scraps of Paper- a Sephardic-Mizrahi Archive by Ron Laby

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Worldwide DNA Survey of Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews with  Adam Brown Bennett Greenspan, Schelly Talalay Dardashti

5 to 5:30 p.m. - FILM: In the Footsteps of Marrano Families/Living Moments in Jewish Spain, Director: Yossi Turisky 

5:30 to 6 p.m. - FILM: The Jewish communities of Fez and Salonica


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