Associate Professor of History Adriana M. Brodsky, gave the keynote address at the 7th Annual ucLADINO Judeo-Spanish Symposium titled “New Directions, Old Roots.” In the talk, “Translating” Israel: Sephardi Zionist Youth in Argentina, 1948-1970,” Brodsky discussed the artistic events that young Zionist Sephardim in Argentina organized in order to explain to the older generations why they were choosing to leave their country to settle in Israel. The presentation also highlighted the use of Hebrew among these young Sephardim, as they prepared for a life in the new country.
ucLADINO is a student-run organization at the University of California, Los Angeles, dedicated to promoting the study and awareness of the Judeo-Spanish language and culture of Sephardic Jews.
The presentation was part of the larger project Brodsky will continue to pursue while at Tel Aviv University as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.
Brodsky’s book, “Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine: Community and National Identity, 1880-1960,” (Indiana University Press, 2016),examining Sephardi immigrants in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Argentina is available for sale on Amazon: http://newbooksnetwork.com/adriana-m-brodsky-sephardi-jewish-argentine-community-and-national-identity-1880-1960-indiana-up-2016/