To highlight the significance of Sephardic life in Portland, OJM, in collaboration with Congregation Ahavath Achim, presents the exhibit, Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland.
Professor Laura Leibman, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College guided the catalog content development. Ivonne Saed, a communications specialist is overseeing catalog production and work of the documentary firm Gravitational Creations. Sura Rubenstein is the exhibit’s guest curator.
Sephardic Jews descend from Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Many settled in Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire & along the Mediterranean Sea. They lived there, until the lure of better lives lead some of them to the US. The exhibit explores the traditions of this small, gripping community & as a part of the larger Jewish & general communities.
Vida Sefaradi runs through October 19, 2014. An exhibit catalog, documentary film and website accompany the exhibit.