History of Portuguese Jews: Medieval Period – From Sefarad to the Exile with Tiago Neiva

History of Portuguese Jews: Medieval Period – From Sefarad to the Exile with Tiago Neiva


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Trace Portugal’s Jewish history over centuries with a local Portuguese expert, from the settlement of Sephardic Jews to the expulsion of Jews from Portugal.

In this conversation, we will discuss the history of Jews in Portugal, a compelling and fascinating story spanning nearly 1000 years of history. We’ll begin by discussing the first arrival of Jews in Portugal with the settlement of Sephardic Jews. We’ll focus on the narrative of these earlier years and the historical narrative from the 12th to 16th centuries. We’ll concentrate on their cultural, economic, and social dimensions during this first section of our conversation.

We’ll move onto discussing Jewish Communities and Judiarias (Jewish quarters), using Medieval Lisbon as a first-hand example to demonstrate this particular topic. We’ll conclude our online conversation by learning about the tragedies of the Iberian kingdoms, with a focus in Portugal. We’ll learn about pogroms, expulsions, and even forced conversions into Christianity. We’ll finish with learning about the legacy of this important community in contemporary Lisbon today.

This seminar leaves you with a profound understanding of what it was, and is, to be Jewish in Portugal. There is time at the end to ask further questions on the subject.

For more on this topic we invite you to explore: History of Portuguese Jews: Modern Period – From Exile to their Safe Return with Tiago Neiva

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
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Celia McAuliffe (Toronto, CA)
Exceptional speaker

A concise and interesting presentation of the subject, with outstanding visual material. Tiago Neiva's talk is smooth and enthusiastic (no hesitations, ums or ahs) -- you feel like he is talking with you rather than dry lecturing. He piqued my interest to learn more on the subject, especially interesting to me as my paternal ancestry is of Sephardic origins, via Portugal. Neiva is an engaging speaker with good knowledge of his subject, entertaining and informative.

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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
A deeper look into European/Portuguese history

Tiago's lectures are always intelligent, highly-researched, and absolutely compelling -- even when he takes on subjects as tragic as the expulsion of Jews.

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Julio Casoy (New York, US)

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Wilma Vega Hernandez (El Paso, US)
Jewish in Portugal 🇵🇹 part 1

Excellent presentation through history, architectural elements, culture, society, tradition and legacy !

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Natascha Davis (Southbury, US)
A peek at my heritage

Tiago gave context to my continuing search for my roots. Now I know a bit more of the environment if my ancestors.

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
72%
(21)
14%
(4)
7%
(2)
3%
(1)
3%
(1)
C
Celia McAuliffe (Toronto, CA)
Exceptional speaker

A concise and interesting presentation of the subject, with outstanding visual material. Tiago Neiva's talk is smooth and enthusiastic (no hesitations, ums or ahs) -- you feel like he is talking with you rather than dry lecturing. He piqued my interest to learn more on the subject, especially interesting to me as my paternal ancestry is of Sephardic origins, via Portugal. Neiva is an engaging speaker with good knowledge of his subject, entertaining and informative.

N
Nancy Stout (New York, US)
A deeper look into European/Portuguese history

Tiago's lectures are always intelligent, highly-researched, and absolutely compelling -- even when he takes on subjects as tragic as the expulsion of Jews.

J
Julio Casoy (New York, US)

Guest did not leave comment

W
Wilma Vega Hernandez (El Paso, US)
Jewish in Portugal 🇵🇹 part 1

Excellent presentation through history, architectural elements, culture, society, tradition and legacy !

N
Natascha Davis (Southbury, US)
A peek at my heritage

Tiago gave context to my continuing search for my roots. Now I know a bit more of the environment if my ancestors.