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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. email@example.com or 904.940.8582.
Transportation: Samantha Smith with East Coast Transportation, is available to discuss any transportation needs. firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.394-9904
For overall information on our resort please visit www.worldgolfrenaissance.com
Meeting Services App: . Visit www.meetingservicesapp.com 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.