Date(s) - May 15, 2014
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Genie Milgrom; MY 15 GRANDMOTHERS: REDISCOVERING SPANISH ROOTS FROM THE INQUISITION TO THE PRESENT
Join author Genie Milgrom on her journey back in time, crossing the planet in search of her Crypto Jewish or Marrano ancestors. Originally, she was able to find 15 grandmothers in an unbroken maternal lineage going back to the early 1500s and successfully proved that her family had been Converso Jews from before the Spanish Inquisition. This Jewish lineage was traced back to a small village called Fermoselle, in the province of Zamora, Spain right on the Duero River, across from Mogadouro, Portugal. Cuban-American Genie Milgrom’s book is a small one but with a giant story. She is the poster child for countless people, particularly in Spain and in the Americas, who would be able to, should they put their minds to it, trace their ancestry through an unbroken chain of Jewish mothers. Although the title of the book refers to only15 grandmothers, by July this year when she attended the Zamora Sephardi conference in the north of Spain, Milgrom had managed to tack on another 8 grandmothers, bringing the total to 23.
Genie Milgrom is president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, the executive vice president of the Society of Crypto Judaic Studies based in Colorado Springs, and is the president of Tarbut Sefarad Fermoselle in Barcelona, a group that disseminates information on cultural findings of Crypto Jewry.
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