St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) and the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
SCJS-SAJHS One-day Conference, December 9 2018
St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society
Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, President, 804-914-4460,

Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

together with
St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society
“Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews
in the Southeast US”
December 9, 2018
St. Augustine, Florida
World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
500 S Legacy Trail, St Augustine, FL 32092
Scholars from around the world will gather for a day-long conference seeking to understand the presence of the descendants of Jews under the Spanish Inquisition who came to Florida’s First Coast in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The conference is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each ($65 after October 29th) and include a luncheon and all day coffee, baked goods and snacks.
Details and tickets are available
Overnight rooms are available at a special conference rate.
Contact the Marriott reservation office at 800-468-3571. Mention Jewish Historical Society Conference.
For further information contact 804-914-4460

2018 Florida Regional Conference on Crypto-Judaic History


The SCJS-SAJHS one-day conference will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, St Augustine, Florida. The one day conference, open to any and all who are interested, will focus on “Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews in the Southeast United States.” Scholars from many disciplines are expected to share research leading to a common understanding of the presence of the descendants of Jews in the continental southeast Colonial Spanish America under the Inquisition and in the years since.


Cost: $50 for registration before October 15, 2018  and $65 thereafter.  Registration fee includes coffee and refreshments mid-morning, full lunch, coffee and refreshments mid-afternoon.  (Meals prepared under Rabbinic supervision are available upon advance request.) A buffet lunch will offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, and lactose-free options. Hotel rooms have been reserved at the Resort at a conference rate of $159 per night. These arrangements are “self-pay,” entirely between the hotel and the attendees.


The conference begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome, followed by a series of presentations.  Following the official close of the conference at 5 p.m. guests will have an opportunity to enjoy dinner on their own at one of the Resorts’ restaurants or in town at one of the many fine eateries in St. Augustine.

At 7 p.m. attendees will enjoy a special presentation of “The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine,” a one-man play by Lee Weaver about an attorney in 16th century St. Augustine who seeks to find “Judaizers” among the local population. On Monday, December 10 at 10 a.m., guests are invited to a SAJHS Walking Tour, a two-hour, 1.4 mile stroll beginning at Mission Nombre de Dios where St. Augustine was founded on the day after Yom Kippur, 1565, and continuing past Tolomato Minorcan Cemetery, the U.S.’s oldest wooden schoolhouse and down St. George Street to the 1830 home of the Moroccan Moses Elias Levy, among many other interesting historical sites. The tour will finish at First Congregation Sons of Israel, Florida’s oldest synagogue in continuous use.


Room Reservations:

World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, St. Augustine, Florida
500 S Legacy Trail, 32092,
Phone: (904) 940-8000.

Contact Theresa Gouzos, Group Rooms Coordinator for all reservations needs. or 904.940.8582.

Transportation: Samantha Smith with East Coast Transportation, is available to discuss any transportation needs. or 904.394-9904

For overall information on our resort please visit

Meeting Services App: . Visit for a quick video introduction.


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 in the Americas and other hidden Jewish communities around the world.

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society promotes greater knowledge and understanding of the Jewish experience in the oldest European city in the United States, from the founding of St. Augustine in September 1565 to the present.  SAJHS actively recruits partners to help tell the story of the rich history and heritage found on Florida’s First Coast.