Intermarriage, Conversion, and the Shifting Landscape of American Jewry

Date: Apr 02, 2017 - Apr 02, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Greater Washington, DC

Category: JTS in Your Community

Intermarriage, Conversion, and the Shifting Landscape of American Jewry

Lecture and discussion with Dr. Jonathan Ray, JTS Fellow.

Sunday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.

Beth Sholom Congregation
1011 North Market Street
Frederick, MD

The program is free and open to the community.


A prominent scholar, Dr. Ray is a frequent lecturer on Jewish history and interfaith relations at the Smithsonian Institution and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He has been involved in the Washington, DC–area programs of Context, the JTS adult education series, since Context’s inception. He teaches the semester on the medieval period as well as courses on Jews of the Middle East, American Jewish identity, and the Jews of Spain. Dr. Ray led a highly successful Context study tour of Spain. His research explores La Convivencia, or the coexistence, among medieval Christian, Muslim, and Jewish societies in Iberia and throughout the broader Mediterranean world. He is the author of After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (NYU Press, 2013) and The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2008), as well as several articles on Jewish history and culture.