Margalit Bejarano

Margalit Bejarano received her Ph.D. on the history of the Jewish Community of Cuba from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1993). She teaches in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hebrew University and is the Academic Director of the Oral History Division at the university’s Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Her academic interests include Sephardic Jews in Latin America, history of Cuba and of Cuban Jews, and oral history.

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The history of Jewish women in Colonial Cuba is still wrapped in mystery. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia (1903): “Jewish women, forcibly baptized, and sent to the West Indies by the Spanish authorities, seem to have been among the early settlers [of Cuba].” The term “Jewish women” in this context needs explanation: In 1492, King Ferdinand (1452–1516) and Queen Isabella (1451–1504) of Spain signed the infamous edict that ordered the expulsion of all professed Jews from their kingdoms.

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