Dolores Sloan will speak on The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal: Resourceful, Resilient, Resurgent, at a salon of Congregation Avahat Torah in West Los Angeles, CA, Sunday, March 21, 1-3 p.m.
RSVP and Info: Rena, 310–450-5225
The event is open to the public and there is no charge.
Ms. Sloan is the author of The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal: Survival of an Imperiled Culture in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Editor of the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto Jews.
For further information see www.doloressloan.com, click on Events.
In 1996, Sloan traveled through Spain and Portugal for five weeks, by train, bus and by foot, always looking for the footprints left by the remarkable Jews who had created a golden age of learning and discovery in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. When she returned from her trip, hungry to learn more, she searched library and bookstore shelves for works for the general reader. There were historical overviews, but no details on the stellar notables Sloan had learned of or on the everyday lives of the Sephardim—how the families educated their children and the place of the synagogue in their lives; how they maintained themselves economically; what travel was like and the role of poetry and the arts; how they cared for the sick and buried the dying, provided for the impoverished widow and assured the poor girl’s dowry.
The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal: Survival of an Imperiled Culture in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries is the result of research in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and the United States to fill this information gap.
Sloan brings one half-century of expertise as writer, journalist, editor, speaker and professor to her diverse publications and presentations. She is Editor of the Journal of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto Jews and former Editor of HaLapid, journal of The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. A knowledgeable and skillful speaker, she has addressed audiences at museums and cultural centers, religious and community organizations, on the subject of her book and related topics. She teaches public speaking and English at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, where she also offers “Women in Jewish History and Culture.”