The Society for Crypto Judaic Studies is proud to have many active members who have contributed to the society and to the field of crypto-Jewish studies.
In order to recognize their valuable work each issue of HaLapid includes a close up of one of the members of the SCJS. Here are the reviews that we have published so far.
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Vice-President for Programing, Professor Seth Ward, brings a wealth of education and experience to his position. Serving as Program Chair for the 21st Annual Conference, to take place in San Diego this August 7-9, Professor Ward has been on the faculty of the University of Wyoming (UW) since January 2003, where [...]
Introducing Albert Plotkin: The Best Rabbi Notre Dame Ever Produced! With added comments by Gloria Trujilo (see below) Allow me to introduce one of my very favorite people in all the world, Rabbi Albert L. Plotkin. .The rabbi was one of the first people I met when I moved to the Greater Phoenix area in [...]
Portions of this come from the award presentation speech I gave at the 2007 Albuquerque conference when I presented on behalf of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies an award to Cary Herz for her many contributions in the field of Crypto Judaism. Cary came up to the podium to accept her award, hugged me [...]
Yaakov Gladstone has devoted much effort over many years in support of Crypto Jews. He has been active both in SCJS, where he served on the board, and in Kulanu. Recently Kulanu honored Yaakov for his efforts on their behalf. He has traveled to Portugal many times and was instrumental in organizing a movement to [...]
In 1962 Judy Frankel attended a Theodore Bikel concert in Cambridge , Mass. Bikel sang a song in Spanish, but, as Judy recalls, “It didn’t sound like Spanish.” After the concert she asked Bikel about the song. He told her that it was in Ladino. The song was “Los Bilbilikos” (The Nightingales). This was her [...]
Any writer of nonfiction would jump at the chance to ask questions of an interesting, intelligent and talented artist. I first met SCJS member and award-winning professional photographer Cary Herz and viewed her work at the 1999 SCJS Conference, held in Los Angeles. As the “click, click” sound of the slide machine projected these intriguing, [...]
In 1998 a friend of Walter’s showed him a flyer from SCJS announcing our upcoming conference in El Paso. Walter thought, “This is right up my alley.” Walter then contacted his friend about attending the conference. The friend’s medical practice precluded him from attending, but Walter decided that he would go. “I had a wonderful [...]