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SEFARDIM AND MIZRAHIM (ONLINE)
Two names have historically divided the Jewish world into two groups that have both a geographic association and liturgical association – Ashkenazi and Sephardi. But when did this split happen? And where are the geographical borders between Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardi Jews? And why and when do we use “Mizrahi?” Is Israeli culture “Sephardi?”
In this course we will look at how the Jews of Spain and Portugal (Sepharad in Hebrew) immigrated and settled throughout North Africa, the Northern Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Eastern Asia bringing their traditions with them and fusing with the many of the pre-existing Jewish communities of these regions. This course will take a historical approach looking at the development of Sephardi Judaism in Spain/Portugal, and how these traditions evolved after the 1492 Expulsion of Jews from Spain/Portugal in Islamic countries.
The course is given in English, in collaboration with Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.
A general knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history.
To apply for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers Zoom manuals and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
Course material is included in the course cost.
About the teacher
Maor Oz is an educator and community organiser born and raised in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the University of Toronto (Linguistics and Jewish Studies) and Uppsala University (Cultural Anthropology), Maor’s academic work has focused on Mizrahi and Arab-Jewish cultural visibility and identity in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. Maor worked for 7 years as the Mizrahi and LGBTQ+ programming specialist for the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation, prior to moving to Stockholm in 2019. Maor has been involved in various local projects that seek to increase the visibility of the diversity of the Jewish community in Sweden.
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