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A Wonderful Audience in Laguna Woods

January 31, 2010 by  
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I have always found the expe­ri­ence of speak­ing about the sub­ject of the book, Sephardic Jews and related top­ics (i.e. Crypto Jews, Jews and the Age of Dis­cov­ery, Notable Sephardic Women, etc.), always reaf­firm­ing. This past Fri­day, 1/29, was par­tic­u­larly ener­giz­ing as I shared the evening with over 100 per­sons, all but a few chronologically […]

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Another play, this time in Albuquerque

January 11, 2010 by  
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Back in 1007, I arranged for Robert Benjamin’s PARTED WATERS to have a staged read­ing by the Ari­zona Jew­ish The­ater Com­pany at the annual con­fer­ence of The Soci­ety for Crypto-Judaic Stud­ies in Phoenix. To my knowl­edge, that was the first pre­sen­ta­tion of the play in any form. Last March, the Ari­zona Jew­ish The­ater Com­pany offered the […]

Palestine, New Mexico”: Crypto Judaism and More

January 8, 2010 by  
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Crypto Judaism, one’s own or oth­ers’, has inspired works in lit­er­a­ture, film, music and lit­er­a­ture. I saw and was delighted by a work of the­ater this week that grew out of Play­wright Richard Montoya’s explo­ration of his family’s poten­tial Sephardic Jew­ish roots, “Pales­tine, New Mex­ico,” at Los Ange­les’ Mark Taper Forum. My delight came from the […]

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