ALI: Shortcuts to a Good Book

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J)
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA

Contact: Sheila Budoff


An Exodus of Hope: Sephardic Roots of the Sarajevo Haggadah
Tuesday, March 7–21 (3 weeks)
(snow make-up date Tuesday, Apr. 4)
Instructors: Lauren Granite, Ph.D., Director of Education, North America for Centropa, the Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation and Les Bergen, M.B.A., retired engineer and federal financial professional; treasurer, Southern Jewish Historical Society; lecturer and guide, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

The Sarajevo Haggadah, written in Spain in the 14th century, is perhaps one of the most famous Jewish books in the world. A religious and cultural icon, its history is replete with mystery and intrigue. Its survival is nothing short of remarkable — from the expulsion of Spanish Jews in the Inquisition, resurfacing in Italy and later Sarajevo, hidden from the Nazis during World War II, and then surviving war in the Balkans in the 1990s. This three-session course will explore the travels of the Sarajevo Haggadah, why it is so unique and valuable, what it tells us about Sephardic Jewish life, and how it has become a symbol of interreligious respect and cooperation. The course will also include multi-media presentations featuring real-life stories of Sephardic Jews living in the Balkans.

Fee: $36/ $24 J member
Code: #8007


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