Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas

2nd semester 2020


ISSN: 1645-1910

Maria de Fátima Reis – Editorial

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 7-8


Part I: Articles

Aitor García Moreno (ILC-CSIC / IUMP)– The Spanish Civil War and the Sephardic printing press: the case of the journal Acción de Salónica

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 11-46


Sephardic Studies; Spanish Civil War; Judeo-Spanish Press; news; propaganda


All the works on the reception of the political and social news of contemporary Spain in the Sephardic press carried out to date show very little interest in our country. However, the beginning of the Spanish Civil War marks a drastic change in trend, as evidenced by the more than 800 texts published between 1936 and 1939, taken from the Thessalonian newspaper Acción, written in aljamiado Judeo-Spanish, which we present and study in this work. From the analysis of their content, and of the sources of information and posture of the newspaper, it is concluded that the “sudden” interest of the Sephardim in Spain is far from being due to some kind of sentimental or identity connection, but is determined by the relevance of the Spanish war conflict in the European geopolitical context of the moment.

Armin Langer (Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin; Reconstructionist Rabbinical College) – Adapting to Protestant Norms and American Republicanism: Jewish Integration in the Late Colonial and Early United States Periods on the Example of New York Congregation Shearith Israel

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 47-68


New York; Sephardic Jews; acculturation; Protestantism; secularization


The history of New York City’s Sephardic Jewish community Shearith Israel dates back to the year of 1654. For decades, the community lived in legal separation within a framework of the traditional Jewish kahal structure. This changed after the 1777 disestablishment of the Church of England as New York’s state church. In the revolutionary era, American lawmakers introduced a series of acts and constitutions which regulated the structures of religious communities. This paper will present the development of Shearith Israel before its 1784 incorporation and in its aftermath, the conflicts that arose from the community’s incorporation and the benefits as well. The article will also look into the biography and sermons of the community’s spiritual leader, Gershom Mendes Seixas whose life changed dramatically after the 1784 incorporation. All of these events will be evaluated from a perspective of integration research. The article will show how Shearith Israel and Gershom Mendes Seixas acculturated to post-disestablishment Protestant norms and American Republicanism.

Part II: Chronicles

Angelo Adriano Faria de Assis (Universidade Federal de Viçosa) – Simpósio Virtual Internacional de História Moderna

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 71-76


Ignacio Chuecas Saldías (Universidad Finis Terrae) e Susana Bastos Mateus (CESAB-FLUL; CIDEHUS-UÉvora; CEHR-UCP) – Praying to the God of Israel according to the Portuguese Tradition (16th-18th centuries)

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 77-78


Carla Vieira (CHAM-NOVA FCSH; CESAB-FLUL) – Western Sephardic Diaspora Roadmap: mapping a documentary diaspora

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 79-81


Part III: Reviews

Susana Bastos Mateus (CESAB-FLUL; CIDEHUS-UÉvora; CEHR-UCP) – Mercedes García-Arenal & Gerard Wiegers, Polemical Encounters. Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Iberia and Beyond, Iberian Encounters and Exchange, 475-1755 (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019)

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 85-88


Carla Vieira (CHAM-NOVA FCSH; CESAB-FLUL) – Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019)

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 23 (2020): 88-92