About Us

In 2005, Dr. Henry Green, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami, began the first comprehensive effort of preserving the Sephardi legacy of those displaced from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran. The result was the creation of Sephardi Voices. Similar to the Shoah Foundation (USA) and Yad Vashem (Israel,) Sephardi Voices is an audio-visual archive that documents and preserves life stories and photographs.

The Sephardi Voices archive holds recordings, documents and photographs from around the world. Interviews are conducted in three major languages, Hebrew, French and English, as well as Judeo-Arabic, Ladino and Haquetia. An international oral history advisory committee oversees the project. The archive will soon be available on an internet portal at the National Library of Israel.

 

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ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (AAC)

The academic arm of Sephardi Voices, the Academic Advisory Committee is comprised of prominent oral historians, scholars, filmmakers and IT specialists from around the world. They are responsible for setting the academic criteria, preparing the instruments for interview collection, setting the parameters for the preservation and archiving of all interviews and ensuring quality control of all phases of the process. The AAC also sets the goals for the production of educational outcomes, evaluates the results and serves as a resource for educational and other institutions.

AAC MEMBERS

Dr. Henry Green (USA)
Chair of the AAC and Founder of Sephardi Voices
Dr. Green is a professor of Judaic and Religious Studies at the University of Miami and the Founding Director of both the Jewish Museum of Florida and Sephardi Voices.

Dr. Margalit Bejarano (Israel)
Dr. Bejarano is a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the former Academic Director of the Oral History Division, at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry.

Dr. Georges Bensoussan (France)
Born in Morocco, Dr. Bensoussan serves as chief editor of the Shoah Memorial’s publication Revue d’Histoire de la Shoah. An expert on anti-Semitism, memory and history, he is the author of 12 books and one of France’s most notable intellectuals.

David Langer (Canada)
David Langer is a multi award winning producer and writer. He has directed documentaries for Discovery, PBS, CBC, Le Monde, National Geographic, Radio Canada, History and Smithsonian.

Dr. Michael Laskier (Israel)
Dr. Laskier holds the Menachem Begin Chair and is Professor of Modern History at Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Bea Lewkowicz (UK)
Vice-chair
Dr. Lewkowicz is a social anthropologist and oral historian. She co-directed the AJR Refugee Voices Audio-Visual Testimony Archive and has directed and produced many testimony-based films for projects and exhibitions.

Dr. Alessandro Portelli (Italy)
Dr. Portelli is Professor Emeritus of the University of Rome and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He was the Mayor of Rome’s advisor for historical memory and served on the City Council.