Sherb Talk: "Forced Conversion and Spanish Jewry”; a CU Peak to Peak Roundtable with Rebecca Wartell

The forced conversion of half of Spain’s Jews to Christianity during the Inquisition period (1391-1492) left a legacy of Crypto-Jewry that continues to impact families in modern times. This workshop will consider rabbinic texts that address the challenges of conversion in the early modern period, as well as contemporary approaches to the issue of conversos reclaiming their Jewish identities.


Refugees, Jewish philosophy, and Crypto Jews take center stage in the 2018-2019 CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture series, a partnership between the Program in Jewish Studies and CU’s Office for Outreach and Engagement. Peak to Peak sends Jewish Studies faculty to communities around Colorado to share innovative perspectives on historical figures, events, and enduring questions.

About Rebecca Wartell: Rebecca Wartell researches Sephardic Jews in the early modern period, with a particular interest in issues of refugees and migration after the Spanish Expulsion. She is an instructor in the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a Colorado native. Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University and will receive her PhD in early modern history this year from Monash University.

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