Sefarad: A Journey Through Time and Space
Jewish tradition dates the genesis of Jewish presence on the Iberian Peninsula to the time of King Solomon, though active communal life in Iberia likely originated during the Roman Empire. Under Muslim rule, prosperous, flourishing, and well-integrated Jewish communities achieved a remarkable degree of success during the Golden Age when Spain became the epicenter of the Jewish world in Europe. However, in the Late Middle Ages, life markedly changed as increased persecution, discrimination, and forced conversions ensued due to political, cultural, and social developments. These actions culminated with the royal decree to expel Spanish Jewry en masse in 1492, which irrevocably changed the course of history and led to the creation of the Sefardic Diaspora as Iberian Jewry sought new worlds and havens for themselves and their descendants. Yet, more than five centuries later, the ancestral legacy of Sefarad lives on around the globe.
Dr. Isaac Amon, an attorney and counselor at law, is the Director of Research & Project Development at Jewish Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encapsulate and promote the story of Sefarad, a sweeping segment of Jewish and world history. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where his senior thesis on the Spanish Inquisition was awarded “Highest Honors” by the Department of History. He served as the Class Speaker for his Law School Class before earning his J.S.D. (Ph.D. in Law) in comparative criminal procedure. In his career, he has visited sites of the Inquisition and Nazi death camps and ghettos throughout Europe. He has also met with survivors of 20th-century genocides (Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and the Holocaust) as well as Benjamin Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg Prosecutor. Dr. Amon, whose paternal ancestors lived in 15th century Spain, has a keen interest in law, history, and the extraordinary saga of Sefarad.
Sunday, September 26th, 8 pm Israel time / 6 pm London time / 1 pm EST
Sunday September 26th 20 Tishrei 08:00 - 09:15
Dr. Isaac Amon
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