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Resources

GENERAL RESOURCES

Current Exhibitions

The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World

Books

Historical Atlas of the Jewish People – Eli Barnavi

Jews under Islam: A Culture in Perspective – Julie Marthe Cohen

Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe – Benito Rial Costas

Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames – Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares and Anna Rosa Campagnan (Sao Paolo, Fraiha) (English/Portuguese)

Drizzle of Honey – David M. Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson – Gitlitz & Davidson have drawn a fascinating, award-winning picture of this precarious sense of Jewish identity and have re-created these recipes, which combine Christian & Islamic traditions in cooking lamb, beef, eggplant, chickpeas, and greens and use seasonings such as saffron, ginger, and cinnamon.

Boundaries of Jewish Identity – Susan A. Glenn, Naomi B. Sokoloff

Jews: The Essence and Character of a People – Arthur Hertzberg

A History of Business in Medieval Europe 1200 – 1550 – Edwin S. Hunt, James M. Murray

The Haggadah Transcending Time – Marilyn Lande

I See Jews Everywhere, Photomontage of the Story of Jews in Ireland – Marilyn Lande

I want More, Photomontage and prose of Jews in Croatia, Montenegro, Venice, Rome, Florence, etc. – Marilyn Lande

Jewish History in Miniature, photos of my miniature Jewish historical rooms – Marilyn Lande

Montage Mysteries, photomontage/prose of the story of Jews in the Baltic region, including Copenhagen, Finland, Sweden, Berlin, Tallinn and St. Petersberg – Marilyn Lande

Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World, 2nd Edition – Jeffrey Malka (Avotaynu)

The Story of the Jews – Simon Schama

Guidebook for Sephardic and Mizrahi Genealogical Resources in Israel – Mathilde Tagger and Yitzchak Kerem (Avotaynu)

Juifs du Maghreb : Noms de famille et societe (Jews of the Maghreb; Surnames and Society) – Jacques Taieb

Sefer ner hamaarav (Book of the Candle of the West) – Yaakov Toledano

Het Beth Haim van Ouderkerk – L.A. Vega

Sefer shem hagdolim he-hadash, (The New Book: Names of the Renowned Ones) – Aaron Walden

 

JEWS AND CONVERSOS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Books

Sangre Judia (vols. 1 and 2) – Pere Bonnin (Flor del Viento) (Spanish)

The Woman who Defied Kings – Andrée Aelion Brooks

The Forgetting River – A novel by Doreen Carvajal in which she explores her Catholic family’s hidden Sephardic Jewish ancestry in Spain.

The Blind Eye, A Sephardic Journey – Marcia Fine

Sephardim; History of the Jews in Spain and Portugal – James Finn

The Jews of Spain – Jane S. Gerber

Women in the Inquisition – Mary E. Gilles

The Lost Minyan – David M. Gitlitz

Secrecy of Deceit – David M. Gitlitz

Room of Knowledge: A 21st Century Marrano – Edward Mudd Gordon

The Last Jew – Noah Gordon

Sephardim: The Spirit That Has Withstood the Times – Piet Huisman

Spain 1469 – 1714: A Society of Conflict – Henry Kamen

Spain and the Jews – Elie Kedourie

The Jews in the Crown of Aragon: Regesta of the Cartas Reales in the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon – Maria Cinta Mane and Gemma Escriba

Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain – Vivian B. Mann

The Ornament of the World – María Rosa Menocal

The Jews of the Kingdom of Valencia; from Prosecution to Expulsion, 1391-1492 – Jose Hinojosa Montalvo

The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain – B. Netanyahu

Three Jewish Communities in Medieval Valencia – J. Donate Sebastia and R.R. Magdalena Nom de Deu

The End of Days – Erna Paris

Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad)- Mark Shanker

Judios de Toledo, (Jews of Toledo) – Pilar Leon Tello

The Spanish Jews – Felipe Quirós, Bernaldo De. Torroba

Faith of Remembrance – Nathan Wachtel

Characters of the Inquisition – Wlm. Thomas Walsh

Don Quixote: Interdisciplinary Connections – Matthew Warshawsky

 

Films 

https://vimeo.com/105039122

Goya’s Ghost – Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem star in Milos Forman’s romantic drama. When his beautiful muse (Portman) is accused of being a heretic, renowned painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard) must convince his old friend Lorenzo (Bardem), a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life.

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Sahar Hassamain Synagogue Restoration

Articles

The New York Times

Articles by Doreen Carvajal, a reporter for The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times who is interviewed in the film.

A Tepid ‘Welcome Back’ for Spanish Jews

In Spain, a Family Reunion Centuries Later

And Now, via Google Time Travel Through the Streets of Segovia

Other articles:

Trip Will Mark the Anniversary of Azores Synagogue’s Rebirth

 

JEWS AND CONVERSOS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Books

The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories – Marc D. Angel

Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire  – Marc D. Angel

The Long Journey of Gracia Mendes – Marianna D. Birnbaum

The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi – Andrée Aelion Brooks

Les noms des Juifs de Grece (Names of the Jews of Greece) – Jean and Elie Carasso

Les Juifs de Salonique 1492-1943 (The Jews of Thessaloniki) – Elie Carosso

Salonica: City of Ghosts – Mark Mazower

L’Histoire des Israelites de Salonique (The History of the Jews of Thessaloniki) – Joseph Nehama

The Sephardic Onomasticon – Baruh Pinto

 

JEWS AND CONVERSOS IN THE NEW WORLD

Books

BRAZIL

The Inquisitions and the Jews in the New World – Seymour B. Liebman

“Golden Bracelets, Common Threads” – Steve Vajda

MEXICO

The Desert Remembers my Name, On Family and Writing – Kathleen Alcalá

The Portal of Light – Anthony Garcia

THE CARIBBEAN

The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean: The Spanish-Portuguese Jewish Settlements in the Caribbean and the Guianas – Mordechai Arbell (Gefen)

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean – Edward Kritzler

USA

The Grandees: America’s Sephardic Elite – Stephen Birmingham

Paper Children, An Immigrant’s Legacy – Marcia Fine

Remnants of Crypto-Jews Among Hispanic Americans – Gloria Golden

To The End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico – Stanley Hordes

Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among the Crypto-Jews – Seth D. Kunin

My 15 Grandmothers – Genie Milgrom

Mis 15 Abuelas – Genie Milgrom

How I found My 15 Grandmothers – Genie Milgrom

Films 

BRAZIL

A Estrela Oculta do Sertao (The Hidden Star of Sertão) – For 300 years, rural Catholic communities in Northeastern regions of Brazil have been practicing unique customs in their homes. The documentary follows a young doctor, Luciano Oliveira, a descendant of the “New Christians” and his journey to reclaim a Jewish identity.

http://www.sefer.com.br/details/8280/dvd-a-estrela-oculta-do-sertao

Esse Viver Ninguém Me Tira (That No One Takes My Life) – The documentary tells the story about Aracy de Carvalho Guimarães Rosa, Brazilian married to the writer Guimarães Rosa, who facilitated the entry of many Jews in Brazil during the Second World War . Directed by Caco Ciocler

https://vimeo.com/105039122

Articles

COLUMBIA

SHULAMIT COMES OUT OF ‘HIDING’ TO FINALLY EMBRACE HER JEWISH ROOTS – An article by Doreen Wachmann.

 

JEWS AND CONVERSOS IN NORTHERN AFRICA

Les Commercants du roi: Tujjar al-sultan, (The Merchants of the Sultan) – Michel Abitbol

Malkhei Rabanan, (Biographical Dictionary of the Rabbis of Morocco) – Yosef Benaim

Les Juifs d’Afrique du Nord : demographie et onomastique (The Jews of North Africa: Demography and Onomastics) – Maurice Eisenbeth

Les noms des Juifs du Maroc : essai d’onomastique Judeo-marocaine, (The Surnames of Moroccan Jews: Essay on Judeo-Moroccan Onomastics) – Abraham Laredo

Histoire de familles ; les noms de famille juifs d ‘Afrique du Nord (History of Families; the Jewish Surnames of North Africa) – Joseph Toledano

 

WEBSITES

Avotaynu

American Sephardi Federation

Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum

Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People

The Ben Nahman Home Page

Center for Latino-Jewish Relations and Crypto Jewish Studies 

Geni.com Jewish Projects Portal

Gerard Edery: “A Master of Sephardic Song”

Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project

JewishGen.org: Sephardic Research

Kole Sefardim Features

Les Fleurs d’Orient Project

Mongo Vision

Montefiore Census

MyHeritage.com

Museu Judaico de São Paulo

The Network of Spanish Jewish Quarters (Red de Juderias de Espana)

Reed Digital Archives – Jewish Atlantic World

S and P Central: An Information Hub for Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Communities

Saudades – Portuguese Jewish History

Seattle Sephardic Treasures Initiative of the Jewish Studies Program (University of Washington)

Sephardic Genealogy

SephardicGen.com

Sephardic Studies

Sephardim.com

Society for Crypto Judaic Studies

Sources for Sephardic Studies

Southern Jewish Historical Society

Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority

Journals & Other Publications

The Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto Jews – Florida International University

Blogs

Sephardic Food blog by Janet Amateau