Shabbat Learning at Olam Tikvah

Date: Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Greater Washington, DC

Category: JTS in Your Community Scholar Series

Shabbat Lecture and Discussion

Dr. Jonathan Ray, JTS fellow and Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University, will spend Friday night and Shabbat day at Congregation Olam Tikvah, Fairfax. 

February 24–25, 2017

Friday, February 24
Kabbalat Shabbat, dinner, and study session
The “Golden Age” of the Jews of Spain: Fact or Fantasy?

Saturday, February 25
During Shabbat morning services 
Diaspora within a Diaspora: The Making of Sephardic Culture

Study session following kiddush lunch
Still in Galut? Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in Israel

Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Road
Fairfax, Virginia
(703) 425-1880

Advance reservations are required for the Friday night dinner.


For more information, please contact Leona at

About the Scholar

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.

Save the Date: Jonathan Ray will be teaching again on April 8, 2017, at Agudas Achim Congregation,
Alexandria, Virginia.