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Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews: From 1492 to the 20th Century

Thank you so much for your interest in Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study!


Delve Deeper: “Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews – 1492 to the 20 th Century”
Thank you so much for your interest in Delve Deeper: A Program of Intensive Jewish Study!
Join us this Fall as explore the history of Arab/Middle Eastern and Sephardi Jews in this
Delve Deeper adult education course taught by Yaron Ayalon, Ph.D., Director of the
Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program and Associate Professor of Jewish and Middle
Eastern Studies, College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Mondays, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 19 – December 12, 2022, on Zoom
This class will explore the history of Arab/Middle Eastern and Sephardic Jews (the Jews
from Iberia) from the expulsions from Spain in the late 15 th  century to their lives in Israel
today. We will start with Jewish life in Spain/Portugal before the expulsion and the
persecution of Jews there, as well as in the Arab world (present day Syria, Iraq, Israel, and
Egypt). We will continue with the dispersal of Sephardi communities and the establishment
of Sephardi centers in Western Europe and, mostly, the Ottoman Empire from the
sixteenth century on. In the latter, Jewish life thrived in the 16 th -18 th  centuries. Then, due to
social and political changes in the 19 th  century, the Jewish experience in Greece, Turkey,
Syria, Iraq, and Egypt transformed considerably. We will explore those changes and why
Zionism appealed less to Sephardic Jews in the Middle East than to their eastern European
counterparts. Finally, we will discuss the second Sephardic/Mizrahi crisis, the mass
migration of Sephardi-Mizrahi Jews from Arab countries in the 1940s and 50s, the
destruction of many Diaspora communities, and those Jews’ experience in Israel and
elsewhere in the second half of the 20 th  century.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Morty Miller at
Thank you, and we look forward to learning with you soon!


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