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Baruch College Hosts Sephardic American Jewry Conference: Communities and Contributions

Sephardic Jewry Conference
Jeffrey Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, introduces panelists during the Sephardic American Jewry Conference presented on May 15 at Baruch College.

NEW YORK, NY- May 15, 2012 The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College hosted the Sephardic American Jewry Conference: Communities and Contributions on May 15. The free event offered an opportunity to learn about the Jewish community from a global perspective through dialogue and food.

The conference featured a panel discussion “From There to Here: Voices from the Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Spanish and Syrian Jewish Communities,” and audio-visual presentation by the Baruch College Sephardic Student Club and a panel discussion entitled, “The Taste of Home: The Influence of Traditional Cuisine in a New World,” which was followed by a reception featuring Sephardic food. The conference concluded with a keynote address by Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years; and journalist for The Wall Street Journal.

Other guest speakers were Rabbi Marc Angel (Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel), Dr. Ari Ariel (New York University), Doreen Carvajal (author of The Forgetting River), Stella Cohen (author of Stella’s Sephardic Table), Poopa Dwek (author of Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews), Professor Jane Gerber (CUNY Graduate Center), Dr. Nina Lichtenstein (University of Connecticut, Storrs), Dr. Houman Sarshar (author of Esther’s Children), and Lior Lev Sercarz (spicemaker and owner of La Boite in New York City).




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