HaLapid Winter 2003

A Walking Tour of Jewish San Diego

A Walking Tour of Jewish San Diego

As part of the SCJS conference held in San Diego last August, we conducted a walking tour of Jewish Old Town San Diego. The tour, which included both Ohr Shalom Synagogue members and conference attendees, started at Old Temple Beth Israel. Completed in 1889, it is one of the oldest existing synagogue structures in the […]

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DNA and the Sephardic Diaspora: Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Europe

DNA and the Sephardic Diaspora: Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Europe

The study of genetics, and especially the concept of DNA testing, has gained much interest in recent years in the medical and forensic areas. This interest also is beginning to increase in the area of genealogy and in several areas of academia. Since the mid-1990s, I have introduced my classes in ethnicity to the research […]

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Belmonte: A Reporter Revisits an Anusim Community

Belmonte: A Reporter Revisits an Anusim Community

More than a decade ago, I set out to write an article about the “secret Jews” of the South West on assignment from The New York Times. I had been warned by Dr. Stanley Hordes it would not be easy to interview these descendents of Spanish and Portuguese families who fled from the Inquisition 500 […]

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