Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Maria Apodaca – Jewish Ethnicity: History, Migration and DNA
June 11 @ 6:00 pm
Temple Emanuel and the JGSGB
VIRTUAL GENEALOGY PROGRAM
presented in generous cooperation with MyHeritage
Advance registration required – Free and Open to All
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Schelly Talalay Dardashti will build on her introduction to Sephardic research program with a deeper look into Jewish ethnicity as seen through historical events, migrations, and DNA evidence covering the post-1391 and post-1492 migrations from what is today’s Spain and Portugal around the Mediterranean, into the Balkans, North Africa, and the New World.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a pioneer Jewish genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post, “It’s All Relative,” 1999-2005) and founder and award-winning blogger of Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook, with 34,500 members.
Schelly is a founding member of Centro Sefarad New Mexico, the Sephardic Heritage program of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. Her articles have appeared in Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, and Hadassah, among others. She co-administers the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.com and is liaison with the Persian Jewish community for the Avotaynu Jewish Heritage DNA Project. Schelly is the US genealogy advisor for MyHeritage.
Maria Apodaca will offer her compelling personal story: “My Journey: It Only Took 500 Years,” covering her family’s history, genealogy, DNA, and her return to Judaism. She will demonstrate her genealogical research, the Converso history of northern New Mexico, traditions and customs preserved in families since 1598.
Maria Apodaca’s family was originally Jewish but forcibly converted to Catholicism before they came to New Mexico in 1598. Maria is the first person in her family to return to Judaism. She is active in the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and the Jewish Genealogy Society of New Mexico, is a leader of Centro Sefarad New Mexico, and coordinates events for the annual Festival Djudeo-Epanyol/Resiliencia Event.