JTS to Hold Context Study Tour of Spain in May 2014

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: bemora@jtsa.edu

January 28, 2014, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a Context Study Tour of Spain from May 15 to 26, 2014. The event is the first program to be given by JTS's Context adult learning program abroad. The inaugural Context Study Tour of Spain will explore sites of singular importance in Jewish history as well as the rich cultural heritage of Spain. The itinerary has been crafted to provide a deep understanding of the Spanish Jewish community during the medieval period. For complete details and registration, go to www.jtsa.edu/Spain.

The Context Study Tour of Spain will be guided by a scholar trained at JTS. Dr. Jonathan Ray, Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the theology department at Georgetown University, received a PhD in Jewish History from JTS. Professor Ray specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, particularly the convivencia (coexistence) among Christian, Muslim, and Jewish societies in Iberia and throughout the broader Mediterranean world. A senior JTS representative, full-time study tour concierge, and licensed tour guides will ensure an educational experience of the highest quality.  

Sites include Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, Madrid, Seville, and Toledo, among others. Shabbat in Madrid, which will be hosted by Bet-El, a Masorti congregation founded in 1991, will be a highlight of the trip. It will feature Friday night services, a communal dinner, and a special discussion with leaders of the community on contemporary Jewish life in Spain.  

Moshe Margolin, senior director of Context: The Adult Learning Programs of JTS, comments, "Context Study Tours are for those who want to explore the vitality and diversity of Jewish culture and its interrelation with surrounding cultures. The faculty leading the Context Study Tours are truly experts in their fields, and will use the insights of modern scholarship to highlight the destination's place on the continuum of Jewish civilization. We hope this will be the first of many Study Tours."  

Context brings the educational excellence of The Jewish Theological Seminary to a growing number of Jewish communities through an array of programs conducted at synagogues, schools, and Jewish Community Centers. Its programs are designed to meet the diverse Jewish learning needs of adults.