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New Date ~ New Place
First time in the Fall~ First time in Philadelphia

This conference in Philadelphia replaces and relocates a summer 2017 conference previously scheduled for Puerto Rico.
Leonard Stein,
Program Chair

27th Annual Conference
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
"The Crypto-Jewish Experience
in the Americas"
November 5-7, 2017
 Philadelphia, PA
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel
National Museum of American Jewish History
Mikveh Israel
(Historic Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue
of the American Revolution, est.1740)
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) cordially invites papers on the crypto-Jewish experience from any discipline (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology, genealogy, philosophy, literature, music, art, etc.). This year’s conference highlights the crypto-Jewish experience geographically located in the Americas, including North America, New Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Islands. The time period includes the Inquisition era, pre-Colonial days through contemporary times, especially early Colonial America. Topics should be relevant to the descendants of crypto-Jews, conversos, and the early colonial Sephardic experience.
SCJS welcomes scholarly papers on all aspects of the Sephardic experience and that of other communities exhibiting crypto-Judaic phenomena throughout the world. We are particularly interested this year in research on lesser-covered territories such as the American Northeast, the Caribbean Basin, and the Southern Cone. Papers breaking new ground in research on crypto-Jews in the American Southwest are also welcome. Interested scholars and professionals, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for presentations.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
American History of Spanish and Portuguese Communities
Transmission or Discovery of Family Traditions
Studies of Inquisitions in Peru and Mexico
Depictions of crypto-Jews in Latin American Art and Media
Crypto-Jews in Modern America
Latin American Nationalism and the Inquisition
Sephardic Culture in Contemporary Latin America
Biographies of Conversos in New Spain
Mercantilist History of Atlantic Sephardim
Emerging Communities in Latin America

Proposals are also welcome from individuals with personal stories or other anecdotal research relating to crypto-Judaic experiences for individual presentations or for specific panel discussions.
The event offers an exceptional opportunity to share your work and published books with peers and a target audience. Conference presentation proposals must include speaker contact details, a title, a 200-word abstract or summary, and a 100-word biography or CV. Indicate if the proposal represents completed research or work in-progress. Proposals must be received by May 30, 2017; accepted speakers will be notified shortly thereafter.

Send proposals or inquiries to: Leonard Stein, University of Toronto,

This CFP replaces one issued previously for a conference in Puerto Rico, now  rescheduled and relocated to Philadelphia. For more information about SCJS, this year’s conference, and past meetings 
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, an international academic and secular association, fosters research, networking of people and ideas, and the dissemination of information regarding the historical and contemporary developments involving crypto-Jews of Iberian origins and other hidden Jewish communities around the world. Membership dues fund the programs and publications of this non-profit organization [501(c)3], open to any and all individuals interested in learning more about this cultural phenomenon.
Hotel and Registration
Watch for details in April.
Welcome to New Members!
Every day, SCJS is pleased to receive new members from all around the world.  We are grateful for whatever led you to find our organization and our website.

The newest issue of the full color magazine HaLapid is automatically mailed to new members upon joining SCJS . Please let us know what you think about it and what you would like to see in future issues. 

This electronic newsletter La Granada is FREE and you are invited to share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Thank you for joining us in the exploration of the crypto-Judaic experience wherever, whenever, and however it is encountered.

Debbie Wohl Isard
editor, La Granada


La Granada’s  readership includes scholars and researchers within various academic disciplines from the American Southwest, all around the country and the world; talented artists, musicians, and writers; descendants of crypto-Jews who "return" and want to share their voyage of discovery with others; descendants of crypto-Jews who are interested in the historical but not necessarily religious implications of their discoveries; genealogists; geneticists; speakers of English, Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, Turkish, Aramaic, Hebrew and other languages and dialects; and lay people with and without Iberian, Sephardic, or crypto-Jewish ancestors


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Debbie Wohl Isard, editor 

La Granada

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The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies fosters research, networking of people and ideas, and the dissemination of information regarding the historical and contemporary developments involving crypto-Jews of Iberian origins. Membership in this not-for-profit organization is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about this cultural phenomenon. Annual membership dues include the semi-annual full color magazine HaLapid and scholarly peer-reviewed The Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto Jews annual edition.Complete dues information and more may be found at 


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