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The Portuguese Jewish Legacy

In collaboration with Portuguese National Tourist Office and Centro de Portugal Tourism Agency

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00PM

Explore the historical and cultural Jewish heritage of Portugal with Professor Jane Gerber, Director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the City University of NY, and Professor Paulo Mendes Pinto, from Lisbon University and Coordinator of the Alberto Benveniste Sephardic Studies Department.


An invite-only pre-reception with Portuguese wine and food will be held at 6:00 pm, followed by evening services at 6:45 pm.  All are welcome to services. A historical tour of our synagogue will directly precede the event. 


RSVP required through the link on the right.


Co-sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation, Le Maraís Restaurant and Aveleda Wines.








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