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Captive Maidens and Gallant Knights: The Sephardi Ballad Tradition

Hosted By: Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook, IL)

The most popular form of poetry in fifteenth-century Spain was the ballad (romansa), enjoyed by court and masses alike. After their Expulsion from Spain, Sephardi Jews took these narrative songs into exile in Morocco and the Ottoman Empire. Many of those medieval Spanish romansas survived into the twentieth century.

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Teacher

Dr. Hilary Pomeroy

Dr. Pomeroy was awarded her PhD in the Department of Hispanic studies, Queen Mary, University of London and taught the history and culture of Sephardi Jews in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. She chaired the foremost international conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies for twenty-five years, the last three conferences in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and the Consejo Cientifico de Investigaciones Superiores, Madrid. She has published numerous articles and a book on the Moroccan ballad tradition.
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Host

Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook, IL)

Congregation Beth Shalom, the spiritual home to more than 1,150 member families, is the largest Conservative synagogue in Chicago’s northern suburbs. We are a strong and diverse congregation and think of ourselves as a large family and a place people comfortably call their “home away from home.”
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