Golden Age, Silver Age:

Jews of Spain yesterday and today

Sunday, August 16

USA (10:30 am Pacific Time Zone / 1:30 pm Eastern Time Zone)

UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm

All talks will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Jewish History of Spain is one of the most glorious and most tragic passages in the history of Jewish People. For an hour and a half we'll be able to traipse together along those thrilling events and times: from the very beginning (historical and legendary) of Jewish presence and life in the Iberian peninsula, its flourishing, through its tragic interruption and into its recent revival (barely over a century ago) as part of the beginning of the New history of the kingdom of Spain and into the convulsed XXth century Europe. We'll talk of Spain's most powerful Jewish courtiers, its last built medieval synagogue and its first one to have been built after a lapse of over 600 years. We'll learn about the magic of the unique heritage of those Jewish wise men, poets and courtiers who not only formed part of the social, cultural, political and economical texture of Spanish kingdoms, but also educated and cured Spanish kings. We'll also get acquainted with the modern Jewish life in Madrid, Seville or Barcelona. See you going places and (hi)stories with us.

About Victoria

Victoria Atlas holds a PhD in medieval Spanish culture and history from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain) and M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has imparted lectures at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Complutense Universities of Madrid, and the National University of Mexico (UNAM), among others. She's also the official guide of the Historical Synagogue of Madrid, the only official guide licensed to guide in Hebrew in Spain, and a lecturer on Bible in Art in the Institute of Biblical and Ancient East Studies.

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