Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland

June 11, 2014-October 19, 2014
| Past Exhibit

Vida Sefaradi:  A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland

Opening Reception-Wednesday, June 11, 5:30-7:30pm

To highlight the significance of Sephardic life in Portland, the Oregon Jewish Museum, in collaboration with Congregation Ahavath Achim, proudly presents the exhibit, Vida Sefaradi: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland.

Sephardic Jews descend from Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Many of them settled in Jewish communities throughout the Ottoman Empire and along the Mediterranean Sea. They lived peaceably there for centuries, until the lure of better opportunities brought some Sephardic Jews to the United States. Portland's Sephardic community traces its origins to a small group of young men who immigrated first to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes and Turkey and came to Portland around 1910. The stories of these first arrivals form a backdrop in which to explore the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry as it relates to Portland’s Jewish community. The exhibit explores the historical, cultural, social and spiritual traditions of this small but fascinating community and examines its place as an integral part of the larger Jewish and general communities. 

Vida Sefaradi will run from June 11 to October 19, 2014 at the Oregon Jewish Museum. An exhibit catalog, documentary film and website accompany the exhibit.  Professor Laura Leibman, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College has guided the content development for the catalog. Ivonne Saed, a communications specialist is overseeing the production of the catalog and the work of the documentary firm Gravitational Creations. Sura Rubenstein is the exhibit's guest curator.