Marranos: The Crypto-Jewish Experience


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Wednesdays, May 22 & 29; June 5, 12 & 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ken Blady, M.A., Educational Psychology, CSUEB, lecturer in history
Location: Concord Campus

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Pogroms swept across Spain in 1391, and thousands of Jews were forcibly converted to Christianity. The pogroms were followed by expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and many, wishing to remain in their homeland, joined the ranks of those forcibly converted.  A large number of these conversos, also known as Marranos, publicly professed Catholicism but continued to practice Judaism. They soon came to the attention of the Inquisition. Thousands were subjected to torture and the stake. Ultimately, many fled or were driven into exile, a wide-spread diaspora which was to affect Jewish history in important ways. Join Mr. Blady for a look at this intriguing chapter in the history of European Jewry. Here’s another striking example of Jewish adaptation to time, place, and hostilities.


Event Details

Date: 2019-05-22

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


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