Did your Abuelita…? Seeking Jewish Heritage

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Sep 10, 2021
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This covers customs and traditions often observed, without knowing why, in Hispanic families with Jewish ancestry (whether known, unknown, or denied). The results of a DNA test are the first indications of this heritage for many individuals, and this presentation gathers these observances and explains them to those who have long forgotten why they are still done and what they mean.

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About the speaker

Native New Yorker Schelly Talalay Dardashti has lived in Teheran, Tel Aviv, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and now New Mexico. A journalist and genealogist, she is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage, and has traced her Ashkenazi, Sephardi and
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    Anna Hopkins-Arnold
    3 years ago

    Thank you, Shelly, for another fascinating talk about the traditions preserved by Sephardic Conversos in northern New Mexico. I was amused to hear about the lard-olive oil line and the how adjustments to the Converso families made their own adjustments to community holiday traditions of biscochito and luminarias. Your talks are always fascinating.


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