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23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
Hilton Anatole
Dallas , TX
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Please join us for the 23rd annual conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies that will be held Sunday, July 28, through Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The conference will help launch SCJS's official affiliation with UCCS as well as the establishment the first-ever Program in Sephardic and Crypto-Jewish Studies.

Our keynote speakers are Dr. Jane Gerber (CUNY-Graduate Center), author of "The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience", and Dr. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (U. of Kentucky), author of "In the Shadow of the Virgin: Inquisitors, Friars, and Conversos in Guadalupe, Spain."

In addition to offering these stimulating speakers, the conference will include presentations by members of the crypto-Jewish community, arts displays, music performances, and scholarly presentations. A pre-conference genealogy workshop will be offered by José Antonio Esquibel, historian and Hispano genealogist

The arts presentations include Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians, the featured performers for the annual Judy Frankel Memorial Concert on Sunday evening, July 29.  Dr. Trujillo, an ethnomusicologist, and his group are renowned in New Mexico and Colorado for their folk songs and dances, many of which have Spanish, medieval roots.  Tickets to the Judy Frankel Memorial Concert are included in registration fees. Those only wishing to attend the concert can purchase $10 tickets at the door.

Gallery of Contemporary Arts (GOCA), unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, July 28th

9:00-11:30 am
Pre-Conference Board Meeting (University Center 126)

12:00-4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Genealogy Institute (Centennial 188)
Speaker: José Antonio Esquibel, Historian and Hispano Genealogist

4:00-6:30 pm
Conference Registration (GOCA)

5:00-5:30 pm
Welcoming Remarks by SCJS President Dolores Sloan

5:30-7:00 pm
Panel 1: Crypto Judaism through a Comparative Lens
Panel Chair: Chana Cohen

Speaker: Irwin Berg, New York, NY.  "Greece, the Oldest Jewish
Community on European Soil"

Speaker: Abraham D. Lavender, Florida International University.  "How
Much Did Baruch Spinoza's Crypto-Jewish Heritage Influence His

Speaker: Andrew Roome, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
"Crypto Jews and Hasidic Jews: Similar or Different?

7:00-8:15 pm
Buffet dinner

8:15-9:30 pm
Keynote Address by Dr. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, University of Kentucky.
"Accusers and Accused: Crypto-Jewish Women before the Inquisition"
(funded by a grant from the Stratton-Petit Foundation)

Monday, July 29th

7:30-8:45 am
Breakfast buffet

8:45-9:00 am
Monday Morning Welcome by Matthew Warshawsky

9:00-10:30 am
Panel 2: Remnants of Jewish and Crypto-Jewish Communities and the
Crypto-Jewish Phenomenon Today
Panel Chair: Debbie Isard

Speaker: Kate Regan, University of Portland. "Labor of Love: The
Discovery, Recovery, and Restoration of the Medieval Synagogue in
Úbeda, Spain"

Speaker: Evelyn Dean-Olmsted, Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville. "¡Jaram! Arabic Heritage Words in the Jewish Mexican
Linguistic Repertoire"

Speaker: Schelly Talalay Dardashti. "Cervera, Catalunya: A Medieval
Archive Offers Hope for Today's Sephardic Genealogists"  

10:30-10:45 am

10:45 a-12:15 p
Panel 3: Personal Narratives about Crypto Judaism
Panel Chair: Seth Ward

Speaker: Yliana Miller Garza, Asheville, NC. "Revelations en Route to a
Jewish Wedding"

Speaker: Daniel Díaz-Huerta, Albuquerque, NM. "Crypto-Jewish Ritual
Innovation: A Study of Liturgical Expression and Transmission in New

Speaker: Frances Salas, Shiprock, NM. "The Descendants of King David
in New Mexico"

12:15-1:30 pm
Box lunch served on the patio outside GOCA

1:30-2:45 pm
Second Annual Martin Sosin Address to Advance Scholarship about the
Crypto-Judaic Arts. Jane Gerber, City University of New York. "Crypto
Jews, 'New Jews', and the Art of Hebrew Printing in the Sixteenth

3:00-4:30 pm
Panel 4: Crypto Judaism and the Arts
(funded by a grant from the Martin Sosin-Stratton-Pettit Foundation)
Panel Chair: Dolores Sloan

Speaker: Lorenzo A. Trujillo, Southwest Musicians. "The Secret in Our
Music and What I Just Don't Understand"

Speaker: Mercedes Gail Gutiérrez / Nitzah Avigayil. "The Want of
Knowing: A Crypto Jew's Dilemma"

4:30-4:45 pm
Afternoon break
(Please note: For those persons staying at our off-site
conference hotel, we will offer a shuttle service to your hotel leaving at
4:30 pm. It will allow you to forgo Panel 5 so that you might have a
more extended break. The shuttle service will return you to campus at
6:15 pm.)

4:45-6:15 pm
Panel 5: Crypto Judaism Today: Identity and Representation on and off
Panel Chair: Kathleen Alcalá

Speaker: Seth Ward, University of Wyoming. "Crypto Judaism Comes of
Age: Acceptance, Authority, and Authenticity"

Speaker: Roger Martinez, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. "A
UCCS-SCJS Initiative: Framing the New Mexico History Museum
Exhibition on Sephardic and Crypto Jews"

Speaker: Genie Milgrom, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami.
"When the Walls Speak: The Latest Findings on Crypto- Jewish Etchings
and Architecture in the North of Spain and Portugal"

6:15-6:30 pm
Pre-dinner break

6:30-7:45 pmBuffet dinner, annual membership meeting, and community

7:45-9:00 pm
¡FIESTA! Featured artists for the annual Judy Frankel Memorial Concert:
Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians and Dancers in the star-
spangled Colorado evening.(funded by a grant from the Martin Sosin-
Stratton-Pettit Foundation)

Tuesday, July 30th

7:30-8:45 am
Breakfast buffet (GOCA)

8:45-9:00 am
Tuesday Morning Welcome by Corinne Brown

9:00-10:30 am
Panel 6: Language and Literature
Panel Chair: Matthew Warshawsky

Speaker: Angelita Correa Surage. "The Presence of Arab/Berbers
(Andalus) in the Material Culture of the American Southwest:  
Acequias, Agriculture, Foodways, and Adobe Architecture"

Speaker: Dolores Sloan, SCJS President and independent scholar.
"Evaluating Works of Crypto-Judaic Fiction: Has the Genre Moved into
the Mainstream of American Literature?"

Speaker:Rachel Bortnick, Dallas, TX.  "Ladino: Is it a marker of Crypto-Jewish

10:30-10:45 am

10:45 a-12:35 p
Panel 7: Historical Perspectives

Panel Chair: Rachel Bortnick

Speaker: Tawnie Mizer, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. "The
Road to Spanish Expulsion: Evaluating Forced Jewish Conversion in
13th-century Spain"

Speaker: Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland.  "Survival of a
Hidden Minority: Crypto Jews and Inquisitorial Prosecution in Colonial
Latin America"

Speaker: Sonia Bloomfield, University of Maryland University College.
"Crypto Jews and Toponyms in Brazil"

Speaker: Kimberley A. Sweetwood, University of Colorado-Colorado
Springs. "The Extremaduran Sephardic Genealogy Database: An

12:35 pm
Conference Adjournment

All meals provided by UCCS will avoid foods such as pork, shellfish, and improper mixing of foods. However, these meals are not certified as Kosher. If you require Kosher meals please inform us so that we can make provisions to provide you with those meals. Kosher meals will incur a small surcharge (payable at the conference) as they are more expensive speciality meals. Thank you for your understanding.


As our conference is an intensive event, we offer complete meals and beverage services with your full registration fees. Those persons who register for the full conference event will enjoy a Sunday dinner event; Monday breakfast buffet, box lunch, and dinner event; and a Tuesday buffet breakfast. Partial registration is available for those that cannot attend all days of the conference. Vendors who wish to sell art, jewelry, and other items may reserve a sales table with their registration.

Prior to the opening of the conference, a SCJS-sponsored Genealogy Workshop will be held on Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. The workshop is included for free in your conference registration fees, however, those that do not wish to attend the conference can register for the workshop separately for $20.

You may register for this event below.

Full Registration - Early - Before June 1, 2013 - $180 per person

Full Registration - After June 1, 2013 - $195 per person

Partial Registration - Only Sunday (dinner) or Only Tuesday (breakfast) - $45 per person

Partial Registration - Monday (all meals) and Tuesday (breakfast) - $175 per person

Partial Registration - Only Monday dinner - $45 per person

Vendor Sales Registration (includes 1 sales table) - $75

Pre-Conference Genealogy Workshop - $20 per person. (The workshop is included at no additional cost with full registration or any partial registration.)

Those persons who would rather register by paying with a personal check and via USPS mail may do so by mailing their conference registration information and check payment to: SCJS, 333 Washington Blvd. #336, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292


We are pleased to offer our traveling guests three loding options: upgraded private rooms at UCCS' Summit Village, upgraded 2-room shared suites at UCCS' Summit Village, and traditional hotel accommodations. Act quickly as there is limited space for on campus lodging. Pricing (not included in your registration fees) for lodging: $58 per night UCCS private room, $43 per night UCCS shared suite, and hotel lodging. Those seeking lodging at UCCS should contact and make reservations with Ms. Andreanna Romero at or (719) 255-4445. (After your register for the conference you will receive an email with more lodging information at UCCS or at our close by conference hotel.)


In addition to registering for the conference, you may also become a member or renew your membership with the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. Simply select and add the desired membership level to your order.

Annual membership dues are as follows:

Student- $10
Individual- $45 (Standard membership)
Senior Citizen- $40
Institutional- $50
Sustaining- $100
Patron- $1,000

Membership includes "HaLapid", our quarterly publication, and the annual edition of the "Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto Jews".
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Hilton Anatole (View)
2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas , TX 75207
United States



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