The New Sepharad: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Salonica

Jewish history professor Aron Rodrigue of Stanford University was the keynote speaker at an international conference held this week at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, dedicated to the Jewish history of Salonica. In the late 15th century, the then-Ottoman city (today the Greek city of Thessaloniki) welcomed large numbers of Sephardi Jews who had been expelled from Spain, making it very soon the largest Jewish city in Europe. A series of crises and disasters, culminating in the Nazi occupation in the 1940s, led to its ultimate destruction.


This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel. 

3 comments on “The New Sepharad: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Salonica

  1. jeff ezratty says:

    please send email to pertaining Salonica

  2. Meir Gover says:

    See my recent online book about the thessaloniki lost Jewish Cemetery:

  3. Demetrio says:

    You’re guest leaves a lot out for example Dhimmi which was a huge source of revenue to the Ottoman empire and so will you have Sultan saying while the king of Spain is getting rid of Jews he’s enriching me paraphrasing of course. Now I’m not anti-Islam but we have to face the facts which have been negated for a long time your gas for example said that like other Muslim lands as long as long as the peoples of the book knew their place nothing would happen that’s just simply not true take Maimonides for example on Spain when he had to deal with radical Islam he found refuge in Egypt. We have to take a truthful account of the Islamic empires in the caliphate as a whole other than that I don’t know how we can proceed as a Sirius group of people who are either historians professionally or amateur historians

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