By SCJS Staff

The Society for Crypto Judaic Studies has just completed its 22nd Annual Conference, held at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 22-24, 2012.
The program included many important presentations including

  • Developments in Crypto-Judaic Studies, presented by scholars and researchers
  • Personal stories and reflections from the Crypto-Jewish experience
  • Keynote speaker David Gitlitz PhD, professor emeritus and author, “Secrecy
    and Deceit: the Religion of the Crypto-Jews” and “A Drizzle of Honey”,
    on Portuguish and Spaniolese? The Where of the Mexican Conversos 
  • Exhibits and presentations by painters, filmmakers, poets, writers and
    artisans influenced by Crypto Judaism, such as Anita Rodriquez, Diana
    Bryer, Howard Woolf, Miriam Herrera and Jo Roybal Izay
  • Sephardic Songs of the Diaspora, concert and workshop by the renowned Daniel Elias Sephardic Ensemble

And new features this year:

  • Exploring Hispano Family History, a genealogy workshop, with a special message from historian and genealogist José Antonio Esquibel and hands-on pointers from Robert Martinez, Henrietta Martinez Christmas, Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Mona Hernandez
  • Creating Credible Crypto-Jewish Literature, first annual Martin Sosin Address on scholarship in the Crypto-Judaic Arts, by writer, poet and educator Isabelle Medina Sandoval

See the article about the SCJS conference in

For details see the following links:

Conference Program
Abstracts of Presentations at Conference 2012

 Genealogy Workshop

For more information see The President’s Message on Conference 2012

See article from JTA: For Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, art is a window into secret life

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