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FILM and PANEL DISCUSSION: “Children of the Inquisition”

November 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

– Zoom Meeting

Join us for a special online showing of the film, “Children of the Inquisition,” followed on November 22 by a one-hour panel discussion and Q&A led by the film’s director, Joseph Lovett. The film will be available for registrants to view at their leisure for 48 hours before the ZOOM discussion with the panel on November 22nd.

Panel Participants:

  • Joseph Lovett, Executive Producer and Director of the film and event moderator
  • Adam Brown, Administrator, Avotaynu DNA Project
  • Jose “Akiba” Portuondo-Dember, member of the “conversos” community
  • Rabbi Allison Poirier ’19, Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Founding Director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious learning & Leadership at Hebrew College
  • Reyna Simnegar, author ad member of the “conversos” community
  • Keith Stokes, Vice President of the 1696 Heritage Group and a descendant of a founder of the historic Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island

“Children of the Inquisition” is a re-examination of history and identity in a 2-hour documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. The film looks at what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced roots. The film’s storytellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and their buried history.

This event is made possible thanks to a generous, anonymous donor, and is co-sponsored by Hebrew College, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and Temple Sholom of Framingham.

There is no charge for this program, but registration is necessary.


To register for the FILM SCREENING and PANEL DISCUSSION, go to:  https://hebrewcollege.edu/events/film-screening-of-children-of-the-inquisition-and-discussion-with-director-and-guests/


November 22
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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– Zoom Meeting
Virtual MA United States