Michal Rose Friedman // The Legacy of Sepharad: New and Old Encounters between Spain and the Jews


Sepharad—the world of Spanish Jewry before the mass expulsion of 1492—possesses an ongoing allure among both Jews and Spaniards, as a long-lost golden age of rich cosmopolitanism, cultural prominence, and convivencia. Since the abolition of the Inquisition in the nineteenth century, Spain has made increasing efforts to recover and lay claim to the Sephardi legacy, through commemoration of historical figures, restoration of synagogues, and support of academic research in Sephardi studies. Most recently, in 2014, the Spanish government extended citizenship to descendants of expelled Sephardi Jews. This lecture will discuss the complexities of the modern reencounter between Jews and Spaniards after centuries of separation.


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Michal Rose Friedman teaches courses in Jewish, Iberian, and European history in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Friedman received her doctorate in history from Columbia University where she studied at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. She is the author of several articles on modern Spain’s relationship to its Jewish past and Spanish historiography on Sepharad. Professor Friedman’s work at the Katz Center focuses on the recovery and institutionalization of Sepharad in modern Spain.


Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Congregation Mikveh Israel

44 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Free and open to the public.  No registration required.

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Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, PA

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April 20, 2015 7:30pm
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