Ronnie Perelis: Climbing God's Mountain A Convert's Tale from 17th Century Amsterdam

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Going against the current and bucking the fierce anti-Jewish prejudices of his time, a young Manoel Cardoso de Macedo, abandoned his comfortable life in the Azores and set off on a life-changing journey in search of the Divine truth. We will explore his journey of spiritual discovery and adventure as told in his gripping spiritual autobiography.

Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alea lay Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He loves exploring the complexity and dynamism of Sephardic history with his graduate and undergraduate students at Yeshiva University. His research investigates connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods. His essays on Sephardic history analyze the dynamics of religious transformation within the context of the crypto-Jewish experience. His new book, Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic: Blood and Faith (Indiana University Press) explores family and identity in the Sephardic Atlantic world. Perelis engages the past with an eye towards contemporary concerns in his numerous public talks for wider audiences at synagogues, community centers and museums across the country.

The event is free for FIU Students, Staff & Faculty JMOF-FIU members pay $5 and non-museum members pay $10 For information , please call 786-972-3175

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