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December 17, 2023 Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy: “A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century”

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  • Date
  • time Eastern Time
  • location Zoom
  • cost Free (registration required for JGSGB non-members)
  • organizer Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College
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Please join us online for the 17th Annual Heidi Urich Annual Lecture co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College. Rabbi Justin David, Dean of the Rabbinical School, will offer welcoming remarks on behalf of Hebrew College.

This year’s topic, “A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century,” will be delivered by Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Viterbi Family Endowed Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies, & Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director, Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA.

For centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. When 20th century wars changed the borders around them, the Levys were transformed from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members spread out from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. Whole branches were nearly eradicated in the Holocaust. Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe.

Our Speaker

Prize-winning historian of Sephardic Jewry, Sarah Abrevaya Stein serves as Director of the Leve Center for Jewish Studies, the Viterbi Family Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies, and Professor of History at UCLA. She is the author and editor of ten award-winning books including Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (2019) and Wartime North Africa: A Documentary History, 1934-1950 (2022).


This year’s lecture will be on Zoom and is free.

JGSGB Members
Members of the JGSGB need not register. They will receive the Zoom link automatically on the morning of the program.

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