First Friday – Dr. Rebecca Wartell – Conversos in the American Southwest: An Early History


Date(s) - March 06 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Did you know that the first Jews in the New World came as Spanish and Portuguese colonialists in 1492? Forcibly baptized during the Inquisition, many conversos and their descendants sought opportunity and freedom from religious oppression by settling in some of the most remote parts of the Spanish territories. This talk will explore some examples of early Sephardic Jewish settlement in the American Southwest and the implications of this history for the modern Sephardic diaspora.

Dr. Rebecca Wartell is an Instructor in the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is primarily on the early modern Mediterranean and the migration of Iberian refugees after the Spanish Expulsion. Since returning to Colorado, where she is a fourth-generation native, her focus has turned to early Sephardic communities in the Americas. Rebecca has a PhD in History from Monash University and a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University, and also 3 kids and 2 cats.

Services at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:15 pm, and talk at 8:00 pm.  BYOB Kosher wine or beer. $18.00 per member, $21.00 per non-member, and $54.00 max per family; please RSVP by 3/4/2020 at


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