Welcome to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

Art Benveniste

May 4, 2014 program meeting

Art Benveniste:  Crypto-Jews and Growing Up Sephardic in Los Angeles

1:00PM (doors open at 12:30)
Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR

The presentation will cover the history, discovery, culture and current practices of Crypto-Jews (aka conversos, marranos and anusim).  Art will also talk of the experience being Sephardic amid the majority Ashkenazic American culture.  There will be plenty of time for your questions as well.

Arthur “Art” Benveniste’s parents were from Rhodes where ancestors had lived for 400 years.  He grew up in a community of Ladino speaking Jews from Rhodes.  He has studied the roots of Sephardic culture including visits to Jewish sites in Iberia, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Latin America and the American Southwest.  In 1992 King Juan Carlos of Spain invited him to participate in the first Jewish service in a Toledo synagogue since 1391.  He has served as president of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and has edited its publication. 


Please remember that there will be time at the meeting to tell us your good genealogy research news and to ask others for assistance with your own research.  Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists or to help set up for the program.


Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members.  You will be able to renew your membership at the meeting.  We request a $5 contribution from non-members.  That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting.

For more information about the program, please write to jgsoregon@gmail.com or call Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.

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Five slices of Jewish life in Portland.
All photos courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum.
Feel free to comment on these photos at JGSOregon@gmail.com.
(Click on each photo for larger image)

South Portland
 Football team 1915
OJM 5081 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Young men and women at a social gathering. c.1925Young men and women at a social gathering.  c.1925
Max Simon, Morton J. Goodman, Rabbi Alvin Fine, Sam Solomon, Hilda Simon, Leo Levinson, Irvin Goodman

OJM 01910 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Golden Age Club meeting at the Neighborhood House 1949
Mrs. Wendla Sand
OJM 163 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM02266t.jpgBoys studying Torah. n.d.
Teacher Asher Etinger
Copyright William Galen, OJM 2266 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM04052t.jpgNeighborhood House May Court for the Rose Festival 1928
Minnie Berg (or maybe Mona Pautel), Grace Rogoway, ? Leopold, Helen Wolfman, ? Goldstein
OJM 4052 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum

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