Sephardic World

Sephardic World brings world-class speakers to a global audience for free. Our first meeting was on 3 May 2020, during the pandemic. Below are links to recordings of Sephardic World meetings.

The Sephardic World lecture library


2020 Meetings


The Amsterdam Archives - Ton Tielen


The 1680 Madrid auto-da-fe - David Mendoza


The first Jewish citizen of New York - Daniela Weil


Jewish Genealogy in Morocco - Jacob Marrache Fischel


Jewish marriage in Livorno - Alain Nedjar


Family Nunes Vaz, a Journey of Western Sephardic genealogy - Jarrett Ross


Suriname: Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society - Aviva Ben-Ur


Sephardic DNA project - Adam Brown


Highlights from the Ets Haim collection - Heide Warncke


Muestro Yerusha: Jewish heritage and Identity in the Ottoman Empire - Michael Waas


Rabbis with Inky Fingers - Making 18th Century Hebrew Books - Noam Sienna


The Jews of Eighteenth Century Jamaica - Stanley Mirvis


Art of the Jewish Family - Laura Arnold Leibman


Geni.com, Good for the Sephardim? - Randy Schoenberg


The Amsterdam Notarial Archives - Harmen Snel


The Sephardic Poor of Amsterdam and London - Ton Tielen


The Jews of Italy - Luca Ascoli


Libyan Jews in the Maelstrom of Modern History - Sephardic Horizons


Syrian Jews from Aleppo to Brooklyn - Sarina Roffe


Menasseh ben Israel vs The Rabbi's - Steven Nadler


From Glory to Dispersion - the Sephardic Lisbona family from Damascus - David Lisbona


The De Sola Mendes Family and the Portuguese Inquisition - Florbela Veiga Frade


"My Heart is in the East..." Financial support for Eretz Israel from the farthest West - Ton Tielen


From Portugal to Jamaica - The Delgado Story - Steve Delgado Porter


Who owns the cemetery? Shearith Israel, New York - Zachary Edinger


Sir Moses Montefiore - Abigail Green


2021 Meetings


David Baruch Louzada 1640-1699 - Julian Land


The Dutch Pimentel Family - History and Holocaust - Esther Shaya, Henk Dijkman and Fokko Weerstra


Sephardic Jews in Diplomatic and Consular Archives - Thierry Samama


Genetic Census of the Sephardim - Adam Brown


A Journey through Curacao's Jewish History - Ron Gomes Casseres


Jews in the Maghreb - Their Surnames and their Roots - Alexander Beider


Jewish Archives in the Ottoman Empire - Michael Waas


Alliance Israelite Universelle - Jean-Claude Kuperminc


Sephardim in the Atlantic World - Jessica Roitman


Amsterdam - Bookstore of the World - Emile Schrijver


The Farhi of the Levant - Alain Farhi


Data Mining the Deceased - Julia Creet


Sephardic Research, Past, Present and Future - Schelly Talalay Dardashti


DNA evidence of Jews in Portugal - Inês Pires Nogueiro


Vindos de Portugal - Carla Vieira


Spanish archives pre-1750 - Daniel Smith-Ramos


Genealogy of the Jews of Egypt - David Mendoza


Chasing Shadows - Bringing the Gomes da Costa family to life - Ali Erginsoy


Gibraltarian Jews in the 18th and 19th Centuries - Joshua Marrache


The Italiaender family (alias Levi Vitoria) of Amsterdam: Between Sephardi and Ashkenazi, with links to London and Copenhagen - Marius Heemstra


The Jews of Jamaica, an interview with Ainsley Cohen Henriques


The Need for a Sephardic Genealogical Society - David Mendoza and Ton Tielen


Balkan Sephardim in Early Modern Amsterdam - Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld


Trade and the Sephardic Diaspora - A Reappraisal - Daniel Strum


De Megorachim à Dhimmis aux citoyens français (From Megorashim to Dhimmis to French Citizens) - Sylviane Serruya


Esther the Queen and the Brothers Buzaglo - Ali Erginsoy


The Jews of Rhodes: Between Ottomans and Italians - Valerie McGuire


The Nação Portuguesa in Antwerp - Florbela Veiga Frade


Amsterdam Research: Ets Haim School, Library, and Charity - Ton Tielen


A Moroccan Jewish Genealogical Journey - Raquel Levy-Toledano


Sephardic Diplomatic Power - Hans Wallage


From Cobblers to Cosmopolitans: The Baruch Lousada Story - Julian Land


The Peculiar Case of Luis Méndez Chávez and the Cartagena Inquisition - Brian Hamm


The Jews of Egypt - Yves Fedida


Ashkenazim with Sephardic Ancestry? David Mendoza and Ton Tielen


15 resources every Sephardic genealogist should know - Ton Tielen and David Mendoza


Sephardic Genealogy in Livorno - Alain Nedjar


Jewish Cemeteries in Jamaica - Rachel Frankel and Joseph de Leon


The Jews of Bosnia - Francine Friedman

2022 Meetings

Why wasn't Spinoza excommunicated? - Yitzhak Melamed

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean? - Ton Tielen

Jews in Georgian Society - The Laras of London - Pearl Foster

Will the real Lousada duke please stand up?! - Julian Land

The Sephardic Diaspora - Our Online Community - David Mendoza, Jarrett Ross, Ton Tielen and Michael Waas

Trade and persecution: Three Merchants between Lisbon and London - Carla Vieira

The Sephardic Archives of Amsterdam - The Early Years - Ton Tielen

The Story of Sephardic Surnames: Fruit Trees, Catholic Themes and ‘Expert Lists’ - Michael Waas

The Sephardic Archives of Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden Age - Ton Tielen

Sephardic Traditions - What is different about Portuguese Jews? - Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota

Rabbis, Merchants and Consuls - The Marrache Family of Morocco - Jacob Marrache

Beginners Guide to Searching in the Archives of the Portuguese Inquisition - Ton Tielen and David Mendoza

The Holocaust in Yugoslavia - Esther Danon Gitman

Your Sephardic Problems Answered! Q&A session with Ton Tielen and David Mendoza

The Portuguese Jews of Hamburg. The History of a Mercantile Community in the Seventeenth Century - Hugo Martins

Dutch Sephardim: An Interview with Professor Bart Wallet

Finding Jews in Jamaican Archives - Toni Pitock and Marina Delfos Harris

To hear Judith Cohen's talk, Adeus Vila de Belmonte: Music in the lives of crypto-Jews in Portugal, please contact her directly. Members-only meetings are not shared, but Patreon supporters can see them on request. Unfortunately recordings of two meetings are lost. These are: Dotar - The Sephardic Marriage Market and The Nunes Carvalho Family, from Portugal to the Wild West.

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