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Saturday Night Learning!

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 9:15 PM

**The Portuguese Jewish Experience:

A Concise History and Current Pulse as Observed by Recent Travelers

Saturday, April 12

9:15 pm* near the UM Stadium

In the US, the dominant experience and traditions conveyed in most Jewish communities are that of Ashkenazic Jews. What is known of other communities, particularly those in the Iberian Peninsula, is limited to the Inquisition and Expulsion of 1492. And yet the Jews who lived in Portugal and Spain were some of the greatest influencers on modern history--they were key financial backers of explorations in the New World and developed technology instrumental in the success of these voyages. Furthermore, Portugal played a remarkable role in saving thousands of Jewish lives during World War II.

Based on recent travels to Portugal and laymen's research on its current and historic Jewish community, join Dalia and Andy (a University of Michigan MBA student and resident physician, respectively)** to sample typical Portuguese-Jewish desserts and to learn more about:

Portugal's rich Jewish history and Jews' integral role in the Age of Discovery, establishment of global trade, and the Crusades

Portugal's involvement in World War II and its recent repentance toward Jews

The modern-day Jewish community and the importance of the Cypto-Jew experience

The evening will also feature a brief Havdallah ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat. Delicious treats will be provided by the hosts.

Please note, this program is open to the community, but is specifically targeted to people under the age of 40. Furthermore, space for this event is limited, so be sure to RSVP soon. For more information and to sign up, please contact Rabbi Ilana Baden (



*Please note the later start time, which is due to the recent daylight savings time change.

**Dalia Naamani-Goldman is a second year MBA student at University of Michigan. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Dalia worked in business advising in Washington, DC, and Baltimore. She received her BS and MS from Northwestern University. In their free time, Dalia and her husband, Andy DuKatz, a University of Michigan resident physician, enjoy traveling to and learning about current and an ancient Jewish communities around the world.

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