10 November 2007

Boston: American Sephardic Communities, Nov. 11

Readers in the Boston area who are researching Sephardic genealogy will find Sunday's meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston interesting. Rabbi Moshe Tessone will speak on "Contemporary Sephardic Communities in America: History and Overview."

The program will begin at 1.30pm, Sunday, November 11, at Temple Emanuel, Newton Centre.

Rabbi Tessone will clarify the term "Sephardic" and distinguish among contemporary American Sephardic communities of Spanish, Portuguese and Middle Eastern origin. While focusing on cultural, social, and religious aspects of the various communities, he will provide historical background. The origins and meanings of family surnames will be covered.

Tessone is director of the Sephardic Community Program and a faculty member of Yeshiva University's Belz School of Jewish Music (New York). A hazzan (cantor) at the Ahi Ezer Congregation (Brooklyn, NY), his album of original Jewish Sephardic pop music - "Haskshiva" - was released in 2006.

For maps and detailed directions, click here. Admission, free for members, $5 for others. For more information on the JGS of Greater Boston, click here.

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