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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Students Gain Insights to Sephardic Past at Baruch College

Students with Baruch College dean, Jeffrey Peck
On Tuesday May 15, some of our students attended the Sephardic American Jewry Communities and Contributions panel and exposition, facilitated and presented by the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College Performing Arts Center.  Our forty attendees enjoyed a panel of impressive speakers, among them Rabbi Marc Angel, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel and author and editor of over 30 books, Dr. Jane Gerber, professor of Jewish History, noted author and director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the Graduate Center of CUNY and keynote speaker, Lucette Lagnado, award winning writer and reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years.  Jeffrey Peck, Dean of Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences spoke of his commitment to establishing a Sephardic Studies department. The program offered a tremendous insight into the Sephardic past and an opportunity to see our ancestors through a critical lens and an academic view.