Registration is open for the SCJS annual conference, “Place and Identity: Redefining the Crypto-Judaic Experience in the Western Hemisphere” to be held June 30 to July 2 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 7801 East Orchard Road, in southeast Denver.
Panels will feature independent researchers, writers, historians, genealogists, authors and descendants of Iberian Jews. This year marks the inauguration of the Stanley M. Hordes Distinguished Scholar Lecture, recipient Dr. David Gitlitz, an honor bestowed upon a scholar whose contribution to advancing the field of crypto-Judaic studies has been exemplary.
SCJS welcomes keynote speaker, former Life magazine journalist Jeff Wheelwright, who, in 2008, wrote the pivotal article for the Smithsonian magazine, Secret of the San Luis Valley, followed by his book, The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess. His work focused on the discovery of the BRCA gene found in women in southwestern Colorado, exploring the ancestry of this secluded community.
Following a genealogy workshop Sunday, a cocktail reception will feature the talents of Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians. The opening dinner honors special guest Jose Luis Parrado, Consul of Spain for Colorado, among others. Sunday night’s prize-winning play, Conviction, stars Ami Dayan, a master dramatist from Boulder in a compelling story about a Spanish priest and the questions of faith, love and persecution. Monday’s midday Martin-Sosin Address for Advancement in Crypto-Judaic Arts features a multi-artist, original presentation with composer David Wohl dedicated to the Iberian expulsion. Monday night enjoy The Lost Tribe performing Sephardi, Mizrachi and Ladino music.
The conference concludes Tuesday afternoon. Registration includes four meals, the reception, snacks and all events. Kosher meals and day rates available. Hotel group rates extended before and after the conference duration. For more information and to register, go to www.cryptojews.com or write to scjsconference.Denver@gmail.com.
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