Date(s) - Friday, September 4, 2015 - Sunday, September 6, 2015
Gershon Baskin will share his insights at Limmud Keshet Bulgaria.
Over 10 percent of Bulgaria’s Jewish community participates in Limmud Keshet Bulgaria, which burst onto the scene in 2006.
Bulgaria’s oldest Jewish settlements date back to Roman times (and these Jews are known as Romaniot). Starting in the 1300s, Ashkenazi Jews began settling in the area. But the major turning point in Bulgaria’s Jewish history occurred after the 1492 Spanish Expulsion, when large numbers of Sephardi Jews arrived to the Ottoman Empire and founded communities throughout the Balkans. Over the next centuries, the Romaniot and Ashkenazim gradually assimilated into the Sephardi majority, and Sephardic culture – songs, cuisine, Ladino, customs, and folklore – has defined the Jewish community over the last 500 years.