Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: Dr. Sarina Roffe
Title: "Branching Out >from Sepharad - Solving a Converso Mystery"
Date and Time: Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Please join us on Sunday, October 28, 2018, to hear Dr. Sarina Roffe
present "Branching Out >from Sepharad - Solving a Converso Mystery."
Sarina Roffe, author of Branching Out >from Sepharad, outlines the
history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 expulsion, their history in Syria,
and their immigration to the Americas. She will discuss the ancestry
and significance of the Kassin rabbinic dynasty, which dates to the
12th century, and the 50-year leadership of Chief Rabbi Jacob S.
Kassin, who led the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. At the same
time, she solves a Converso mystery. Rabbi Kassin's ancestors arrived
in Aleppo in 1540. Sarina solves the mystery of the time gap >from 1492
Sarina Roffe is a professional genealogist, editor of DOROT, and
founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She is also the author of
Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, a cooking app called Sarina'?s
Sephardic Cuisine, available in the Apple Store, as well as hundreds
of articles. She is responsible for the translation and databasing of
marriage and brit milah records on JewishGen. While on the Board of
Governors of JewishGen, she acquired several databases of Sephardic
records, including cemetery records >from Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and
Argentina. Sarina presents often at IAJGS conferences and has
completed over a dozen genealogies, through her genealogy consulting
business, Sephardic Genealogical Journeys. She is Co-chair of the
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative, the first organization to
document Brooklyn's Jewish past.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
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