Join Us for Temple’s Annual Keller Family Lecture

Featuring Dr. Devin Naar, Sephardic Studies Program Chair, Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, University of Washington

Facing Deportation:

Sephardic Jews & America’s Legacy of Immigration Restriction

Wednesday, May 16 |  7:00 PM Lecture | 8:15 Dessert Reception/Book Signing | Seattle

Originally established through the vision and generosity of the late Frances and the late Howard Keller, the Keller Family Lecture Series continues to draw the best and the brightest national luminaries from the fields of art, culture, literature and Jewish life to the Greater Seattle Community for this annual speakers’ series. Previous speakers have included renowned lawyer, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times columnist and writer Frank Rich, Harvard Professor and author Michael Sandel, Holocaust historian and author Deborah Lipstadt, and New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks.

This year’s acclaimed lecturer is Dr. Devin Naar – the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington – discussing the U.S. History of immigration restriction as illustrated by the history of Sephardic Jews in America. The current refugee crisis stemming from the Middle East forms part of a century-long process of transformation and turmoil in the region. During World War I, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire – which stretched from Greece to North Africa, Syria, and Iraq – initiated one of the greatest population movements in human history. Among those first migrants from the region who sought refuge in the United States were Jews, identified by the U. S. government as “Turks of the Hebrew Race.” But due to immigration restrictions, antisemitism, and Islamophobia, these Sephardic Jews from the Muslim world faced steep obstacles along the way. This lecture tells their little-known story: their attempts to evade deportation and their efforts to establish new lives in America — including right here in Seattle.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.
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