Announcement of DENVER 2019 Conference
Conference attendees, presenters, vendors

Join us for the 28th annual meeting and conference
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
Sunday, June 30 -Tuesday, July 2, 2019

At the luxurious Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
located in the Denver Tech Center,
7801 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village.

Note: This charming hotel is located in southeast Denver, minutes off Interstate-25,away from the congestion of downtown. Entertainment, shopping and spiritual facilities all nearby. The A-Line, Denver’s mass transit train, provides easy access from Denver International Airport.

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This year’s theme, “Place & Identity: Redefining the Crypto-Judaic Experience in the New World”,

invites presenters to share research on all aspects of crypto-Judaic history and experience in the Western Hemisphere, as well as new projects and personal narratives.

During the conference

enjoy a stimulating menu of themed panels and entertainment. Beginning Sunday afternoon, a genealogy workshop led by national experts starts the day, followed by the opening arts panel. After a short break, a festive cocktail reception with live entertainment by Lorenzo Trujillo, a 14th generation descendant, and members of the Southwest Musicians precedes the kick-off dinner. We welcome special guest, the Honorary Consul of Spain, Jose Luis Parrado.

Sunday evening


following a sumptuous plated dinner by the hotel’s celebrated chefs, attendees will view the acclaimed drama “Conviction, “an-award winning play based on an original Spanish Inquisition file which sheds light on the struggle to maintain faith and identity under extreme oppression. The tale, adapted from the book “Confession” by Yonatan Ben Nachum, is a dramatic blending of a profound history lesson and a no-less profound love story, rooted in true events. Featuring Ami Dayan, renowned producer/director and actor from Boulder, Colorado.

“Conviction” Synopsis: In Franco’s 1960s Madrid, an Israeli scholar is detained and questioned by a Spanish official for stealing a confidential Inquisition file. Together, the interrogator and interrogated become drawn to the file’s wrinkled yellow pages and unravel the ill-fated love affair between the converted Spanish priest, Andres Gonzales (1446-1485), and his Jewish wife, Isabel.

Monday daytime panels

are highlighted by the mid-day Annual Martin Sosin Address to Advance Scholarship in the Crypto-Judaic Arts. This year features noted composer David Wohl’s original work focusing on “Hiddenness and revelation, intersecting music and poetry,” along with violinist Lorenzo Trujillo and poetess Miriam Herrera.

Monday evening, the rafters will rock

to the sounds of the Lost Tribe, whose new direction might be called “klezmer without borders”, Jewish world music that’s rich and deep, thanks to its ability over millennia to absorb influences, not only from the outside, non-Jewish world, but across Jewish cultural spheres. Music director Hal Aqua points out that “Sephardi music, for example, overlapped with Mizrahi culture when Sephardim migrated to north Africa and the Middle East; Eastern European klezmer absorbed Turkish and Balkan music from the Ottoman Empire.” Sung in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Ladino and Spanish, this year’s Judy Frankel Memorial Concert promises to be an unforgettable evening.

Tuesday presenters and panels

cover the gamut of experience, research and expression in crypto-Judaic studies. Box-lunches at noon will expedite the progression of speakers up to our mid-afternoon close.

The SCJS Denver conference is open
to any and all persons interested in this timely subject.
Costs and registration details online now. Please spread the word!

Hotel Reservations Must be Made Directly by Registrant

Booking Link:

Deadline to make reservations: 6/9/19

Guest Rooms: Sleeping room rates include pre-and post-conference nights: 6/24/19 – 7/4/19

King-size rooms with sleep sofa and double queen rooms same price $124.00 + tax

All attendees will pay hotel individually.

Transportation to Hotel from DIA is easy. Inquire at the airport for directions to the A-Line. Cost- $10.50. One transfer is required before getting off at the Belleview Station. Hotel is less than one block from drop-off point. Pickup service from the hotel at this drop-off station Monday thru Friday. Call 303-779-6161.