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Portugal’s Expulsion of the Jews

Hosted By: Jewish Study Center

The end of the Jewish presence in the Iberian Peninsula began with the Expulsion from Spain in 1492. At this point the Portuguese Golden Age and its vast maritime trade empire across Africa and Asia was just starting. But for the Jews of Portugal this was a turbulent and tragic period and by 1497 organized Jewish presence in Portugal, and by extension in the Iberian Peninsula, came to an abrupt end. The ancestral Jewish presence in the Iberian Peninsula was to become a distant and nostalgic memory.

This class will explore the following questions:
• Just what was the 1496-97 Expulsion from Portugal
• Why was this expulsion so different from all of the others?
• What were the ripple effects in Portugal itself?
• How did these events affect Jewish life in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire including the Land of Israel?
• What does this all have to do with the Jews of America?

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Jewish Study Center

The Jewish Study Center offers a wide array of classes and programs of Jewish content and invites anyone, regardless of background, to learn, grow and socialize with our community of learners. Our classes include text study in Bible, Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash, as well as courses in Jewish arts and culture, ethics, history, and philosophy. Courses regularly apply Jewish tradition to issues of social action, politics, interpersonal relationships, and work.
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