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At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, Russian-Speaking Worlds


At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, Russian-Speaking Worlds

ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series presents: ‘At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: A Three-Part Learning and Cultural Series on the Greater Sephardic Communities of the Former Soviet Union’

Back by popular demand, the American Sephardi Federation, in partnership with its young professionals division ASF Young Leaders, is excited to have Ruben Shimonov teach a 3-part learning series on the Greater Sephardic communities of the Former Soviet Union. The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews are situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish life. This interactive, multimedia lecture series will provide a unique opportunity to explore the rich and dynamic stories of the three communities.

The dates of the series are:
2/19 (Kavkazi Jews)
3/26 (Bukharian Jews)
4/16 (Georgian Jews)

All sessions will begin at 6:30 PM in the Kovno Room at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, NY, NY 10011).

Traditional kosher Kavkazi, Georgian, and Bukharian Jewish food will be served.

Registration: $18 per session or $36 for all 3.

Please note: Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door. Once sold out, the event will be closed.

This program is being sponsored in partnership with JDC Entwine’s Community Representatives program, and was originally created as part of the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship, supported by COJECO and Genesis Philanthropy Group.


About the speaker:
Ruben Shimonov is a Jewish educator, community builder, and social innovator based in New York City. His hybrid identity as an immigrant, Bukharian, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jew continuously informs his commitment to the cultural and global diversity of the Jewish people. Ruben has previously brought this passion to his work at Queens College Hillel as Director of Cross-Community Engagement and Education, where he had the unique role of cultivating Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish student life on campus. Ruben is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sephardic-Mizrahi Q Network, a grassroots organization that works to build a vibrant and supportive community for LGBTQ Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. He also serves as Vice-President of Education and Community Engagement on the American Sephardic Federation's Young Leadership Board, as well as the Director of Educational Experiences and Programming for the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee of New York. Ruben was recently named among The Jewish Week's '36 Under 36' emerging Jewish communal leaders and social entrepreneurs. He is also a 2018 ASF Broome & Allen Fellow, as well as a 2018 COJECO Blueprint Fellow. Among his speaking engagements, Ruben was recently invited to present at Limmud Festival in the United Kingdom, one of the largest annual Jewish learning conferences in the world.

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