Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews of the Southeast US-A one-day conference

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Presented by St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society at World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, St. Augustine FL

Dec 09
Telling the Story of Crypto-Jews of the Southeast US-A one-day conference

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) & the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) invite you to attend this unique conference exploring the challenges faced by Jews in North America under the thumb of the Spanish Inquisition

Focusing on those Jews who converted to Christianity or hid their religious heritage, the conference will discuss the lives of these Crypto-Jews or Conversos who settled in America in the early years of the country, specifically in the Southeast.


Presentations by scholars and historians will discuss the history of Spanish and Portuguese communities in the colonial period, operation of the Inquisition in the New World and research into crypto-Judaism especially as it pertains to what today is called the Southeastern United States

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Conference registration including conference attendance, a lunch and keynote speaker and coffee and pastry service in the morning hours is $50.00. Registration after October 29th will be $65.00. Registration, which will commence August 15th, should be directed to the Pay Pal account listed below or sent to Post Office Box 174,  SAJHS Conference, 701 Market Street, Suite 111, St Augustine, FL 32095.


Payment should be directed either to:

SAJHS Conference, Box 174, 701 Market Street, Suite 111, St.

Contact: 8049144460


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Additional time info:

A performance of “The Secret” by Lee Weaver – a compelling tale of the experience of a crypto-Jew in 16th century St, Augustine. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the hotel. Tickets for the performance are $20.00.


A 1.5 mile, 2 hour walking tour of sites of Jewish historic significance in St. Augustine led by Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, SAJHS president, will take place on Monday morning December 10th at 10 a.m.  Participants will meet in the lobby of the hotel to arrange transportation to the initial site. At the conclusion of the tour, the group will adjourn to the historic Columbia restaurant for lunch which is included in the $35.00 fee for the program.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


  • World Golf Village Resort


World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092

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