A Virtual Sephardic Journey
Sunday, April 25
USA 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET
UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm
The talk will last approximately 90 minutes
About this talk
us for a dynamic interactive trip through Bulgaria's rich Jewish heritage. Our
virtual tour will make stops in Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria's largest cities,
and will take us inside the sumptuous Neo-Moorish Sofia synagogue. Other
highlights along the way include the medieval capital, the grand Rila
Monastery, and the mountain town of Samokov, home to the affluent Arie dynasty.
You will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of the Bulgarian
We will discuss the historical details surrounding the survival of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust, and we will note some of the most prominent politicians, clergymen, and intellectuals who stood up for their Jewish neighbours. Our final destination will be Jaffa, Israel, where large numbers of Bulgarian Jews settled between 1948 and 1952. Joseph will also share with participants personal family stories of growing up in Bulgaria and being part of the country's vibrant Jewish community.
Joseph Benatov holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He is originally from Bulgaria and a member of Sofia's Jewish community. Joseph has over 15 years of experience leading travelers across the Balkans, including UNESCO representatives, 92nd Street Y visitors, JDC board members, and Anti-Defamation League officials. He lectures regularly on the history of Jewish life in Bulgaria and on Balkan Sephardic culture. Every summer Joseph leads Sephardic trips to the Balkans. You can find out more at https://sephardicbalkans.com/
This event is live and interactive and spots are limited
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With your contribution you will also be donating to the Bulgarian translation of Saul Mezan's book Les Juifs espagnols en Bulgarie, (Sofia, 1925) currently only availabe in French.
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