Multidisciplinary essays examinig the historical and cultural history of the Sephardic experience in the Americas, from pre-expulsion Spain to the modern era, as recounted by some of the most outstanding interpreters of the field.
Introduction: Sephardim in the Americas
Part I. Families and Futures: The Early Sephardic Phenomenon
The Sephardic Phenomenon: A Reappraisal - Martin A. Cohen
Stones of Memory: Revelations From a Cemetery in Curaçao - Rochelle Weinstein
Portuguese Sephardim in the Americas - Malcolm H. Stern
The Fidanques: Symbols of the Continuity of the Sephardic Tradition in America - Emma Fidanque Levy
Part II. The Sephardic Experience in Latin America
"Those of the Hebrew Nation...": The Sephardic Experience in Colonial Latin America - Allan Metz
Sephardim in Latin America after Independence - Victor A. Mirelman
Part III. Hidden Roots: Sephardic Culture in North America
The Sephardim in North America in the Twentieth Century - Joseph M. Papo
Language of the Sephardim In Anglo-America - Denah Lida
The Sacred and Secular Musical Traditions of the Sephardic Jews in the United States - Israel J. Katz
Judeo-Spanish Traditional Poetry in the United States - Samuel G. Armistead
Tradition and History: Sephardic Contributions to American Literature - Diane Matza
The Secret Jews of the Southwest - Frances Hernández
Notes on the Contributors
"A timely book [that] reminds us that the scattered remnants of the Jewish Diaspora of 1492 settled not only along the Mediterranean seaboard, or in Amsterdam and London, but made their way quite early to the New World . . . There is much to praise in this volume, [which] makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Sephardic phenomenon.”—Bulletin of Hispanics Studies
"Includes important essays on the meaning of Sephardism in history and culture."
—Latin American Research Review
"Contemporary trends have reawakened interest in this multi-faceted branch of Judaism. With its extensive leads on Sephardic history, language, liturgy, literature and music . . . this volume should assist academic, theological and personal quests to this rich domain."
—Academic Library Book Review