Sephardi Jews left Spain and Portugal to find refuge in the Ottoman Empire. They lived in the countries we now know as Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Greece as well as the former Yugoslavia, North Africa, Yemen and in India. Most of them absorbed the local culture and lived with a double heritage.
Part of the excitement of our journey is learning about how these different waves of displacement influenced English life over the centuries and also today. This includes the experience of Jews who came from Arab countries where many lived peacefully alongside Muslims. As well as examining the Cromwellian and post Republican English history, the project will look at new immigrants – Jews arriving with elements of Arabic cultures in their histories.
We are looking for volunteers to help us document Sephardi oral histories and to participate in One Lost Stone.
Julia Pascal, Artistic Director
Exploring & documenting of the often hidden history of Sephardi Jews who came to England during C17th & stayed to enrich our culture & communities.