How the Sephardim “Worlded”

Sephardim worldedSunday, March 24, 2019, 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El — Andrew Gow and Francis Landy will delight us with tales of How the Sephardim “Worlded”. This is the fourth presentation in the Exploring the Sephardic Legacy series sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El’s Education Team. Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

Pre-Isabellan medieval Spain lived on in the post 1492 Sephardic diaspora: in the 1920s a Spanish envoy remarked on the “purity” of the “Castillian” (Ladino) he encountered at Thessalonika in the 1920s. The Sephardim “worlded” an alternate or parallel Spanish empire, an empire consisting not of military conquest and oppression, but of a shared language and culture—a largely urban constellation characterized by commercial and intellectual vigour, an urbane and relatively relaxed religiosity (if not downright, apikorsut), and a simultaneous openness and clannishness that preserved such communities in splendid separation, whether in Salonika, Amsterdam, London, or New York, until well into the 20th century.

About the presenters:

AGOWAndrew Gow is a historian who has followed his family to Victoria to retire after a career of research and teaching about pre-modern European culture and religion at the University of Alberta (and elsewhere). He has written all the books and articles he cares to publish, and continues to edit both a series of scholarly monographs in his field and an 18-volume scholarly reference work on pre-modern Europe.

Francis LandyFrancis Landy is a biblical scholar who has recently made his home in Victoria, after a career of over thirty years at the University of Alberta. He is a member of Congregation Emanu-El. He has published a number of books and many articles, and is in particular a specialist in the poetry of the Hebrew Bible.  He has written on the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Hosea and other books, as well as the theory of the study of religion.

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Harry talk at “Religions of the World” series

Thursday, January 19, 12–1pm

Rabbi Harry opens the second series of lunch time lectures
(noon to 1:00 pm) on Religions of the World on Thursday, January 19, at Christ
Church Cathedral
, Chapter Room, Quadra and Rockland. 

Christ Church Cathedral
and the Multi-Faith Society are the co-sponsors for this series of talks which
take place on Thursdays through to February 16 with a different speaker each
week. For more information call 250-383-2714 or go to website
www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

Other speakers are:

  • January 26 – Sri Ganti (Hindu)
  • February 2 – Wayne Codling (Buddhist)
  • February 9 – Parminder Virk (Sikh)
  • February 16 – TBA (Aboriginal Neighbours – The
    Blanket Exercise) 

Bring your lunch or just sit and listen. Coffee and tea will be
provided.