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Hidden Heritage: Legacy of the Crypto Jews with Dr. Janet Jacobs

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 8 Adar 5783

6:00 PM - 7:15 PMVirtual Event on Zoom

Hidden Heritage: Legacy of the Crypto Jews

In this presentation, we will explore the significance of crypto-Jewish identity among contemporary descendants of Iberian Jews who were forcibly converted to Christianity between the 15th and 17th centuries. Based on research with individuals and communities with crypto-Jewish ancestry, this talk will explore the transition of memory across generations and the importance of family narratives and ritual in the preservation of secret Jewish identities among descendant populations. In addition, the role of women will be addressed in the history and patterns of secrecy that characterized crypto-Jewish heritage and family life.


Janet Jacobs is Professor of Distinction of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author of 6 books, including Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews, for which she received the outstanding book award from the Society for the Society Scientific of Religion, and The Holocaust Across Generations: Trauma and Its Inheritance Among Descendants of Survivors which was awarded the Outstanding Book Award by the American Sociological Association section on War and Peace. She is also author of Memorializing the Holocaust: Gender, Genocide and Mass Trauma. 


All are warmly welcome ~ please feel free to invite family members and friends. 


A Zoom link will be emailed upon registration.


Hidden Heritage: Legacy of the Crypto Jews
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 6:00 - 7:15 pm MST (8:00 - 9:15 pm EST)
Virtual Event on Zoom

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