Two-part Program: Joshua Mendes – From Spain to Amsterdam and Beyond: The World of Western Sephardim and Cary Aufseeser – Sephardic DNA Links Jews to Mexicans
May 6 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Mention the word “Sephardim” and the rich traditions of North Africa or the Mideast come to mind. But another group of Sephardim voyaged westward — to Amsterdam, England, France, and the New World, and played important roles in their new homelands. Learn about these fascinating people, their contributions and the communities that still exist today.
Joshua Mendes is a former journalist (with Fortune and CNN) and investment analyst, now engaged in developing his own website ideas. He is also a member of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York. He earned a graduate degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Spotlight Talk: Sephardic DNA Links Jews to Mexicans
Speaker: Cary Aufseeser
A recent DNA study found that Jews who have a Sephardic heritage are linked to Mexican Americans who have Jewish roots. This talk will describe the methodology used in this research. The study proposes a specific autosomal segment on chromosome 10 that is inherited by Jewish and Mexican descendants of a common Sephardic ancestor.
When Cary Aufseeser began researching his family in 2002 he didn’t know all his great-grandparents’ names. Through extensive internet research, he now traces his roots back to the Middle Ages. He can identify thousands of distant relatives worldwide, including possible cousins among Mexican Americans. Aufseeser is a former JGSGB board member and coordinates the society’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings
Pre-lecture: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Belarus, Bessarabia, and Ukraine SIGs
Post-lecture (approx. 4:00 pm)
Litvak and Poland SIGs
Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.