Society For Crypto Judaic Studies

SCJS 15th Annual Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, August 7-9, 2005

Program (Subject to Change)

Sunday, August 7:


5:00 - 6:00 pm           Registration

6:00 pm                      Dinner; Welcome and Keynote Address, Seth Kunin, University of Durham,

“Why do Academics and Non-Academics Have a Problem with Crypto-Judaism?”


Monday, August 8:

8:00 - 8:45 am           Shaul Regev, Bar Ilan University, “The Conversos in 15th-16th Century Jewish Thought”

8:45 - 9:30 am           Charles Meyers, Ft. Myers, FL, “Alien Aspirations in Elizabethan England”

9:30 - 9:45 am           Break

9:45 - 10:30 am         Adam Savran, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand , “Infiltration of the Persecutors: How Secret Religious

                                  Groups in Latin America and Asia Infiltrated the Very Clergies that Persecuted Them”

10:30 - 11:15 am       Norman Simms, Waikato University, New Zealand, “Hiding in the Morada: Marrano Deception and the


11:15 - noon              Rabbi Dana Kaplan, Temple B'nai Israel, Albany, Georgia, “Fidel Castro the Jew?”

12:00 - 1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 pm           Amy Aaronson-Friedman, Valdosta State University, Traces of a Converso Voice: The Poetry of Juan Álvarez Gato

1:30 - 2:00 pm           Elaine Wertheimer, New York City, “Rodrigo de Cota, Anguished Converso Poet”

2:00 - 2:15 pm           Break

2:15 - 3:00 pm           Valdivia Beauchamp, New York City, “Turning History into Fiction: Stigma: Saga for a New World”

3:00 - 3:45 pm           Gad Nassi, MD, Herzlia, Israel, Linking the ‘Sabbatean Spring Festival’ with Tekufoth’”

3:45 - 4:30 pm           RuthAnne Tarletz, Los Angeles, CA, “Formation of a New Cultural Identity: An Anthropological Perspective”

4:30 - 5:00 pm           Annette Fromm, The Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, “Tangible Supports of the Intangible:  Expressions of

                                  Crypto-Judaism in Material Culture

7:00 pm                      Dinner; Presentation of Award in Honor of Professor Seymour B. Liebman


Tuesday, August 9:

8:00 - 8:30 am           Remy Ilona, Nigeria, “Crypto-Judaism Among the Igbos of Nigeria” (read by Ehav Eliahu)

8:30 - 9:15 am           Rabbi Brian Thau,  The Joel Braverman High School of the Yeshiva of Flatbush. “Reuniting Jewish Souls to the

                 Jewish People:  The Readmittance of Conversos back to Judaism after the Inquisitions and Beyond”

9:15 - 9:30 am           Break

9:30 - 10:15 am         Judy Privin, Bethesda, MD,  “Finding the Faith”

10:15 - 11:45 am       Genetics/DNA Panel:

Shoshana Tell,  Pine Crest Preparatory High School, Ft. Lauderdale,History and Genetics of the Chuetas (Mallorcan Crypto-Jews): A Survey of Past Research as well as my Novel Genetic Research”

Abraham D. Lavender, Florida International University, “Using the Cohen DNA for Geographic Genetic Patterns of Jews”

Stanley M. Hordes, University of New Mexico, “‘Genetic Diseases Among Hispanics in the Southwest,’ Interdisciplinary Workshops Sponsored by the University of New Mexico and the SCJS”

11:45 - 1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 pm           Norma Libman, Albuquerque, NM, “Teaching the Converso and Crypto-Jewish Story: Classroom Experience”

1:45 - 2:30  pm          Panel Discussion:  "Analyzing the Crypto-Jewish Situation in Miami, Florida”

Abraham D. Lavender, Florida International University

Rabbi Manuel Armon, Temple Beth Tov

Roberto González, Co-President, Temple Beth Tov

2:30 - 3:15 pm           Panel Discussion: “Report of B’nai Anusim of Portugal”

Yaakov Gladstone, Florida and New York

Fernando da Costa, Artist, Lisbon, Portugal

3:15 - 4:30 pm           Business Meeting