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Ronnie Perelis


Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies
Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies
Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His research explores connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods. His essays on Sephardic history investigate the dynamics of religious transformation within the context of the crypto-Jewish experience. His forthcoming book, Blood and Faith (Indiana University Press), explores family and identity in the Sephardic Atlantic world. Perelis’ engages his students in critical thinking about the past and the nature of culture. He is energized by the passion, curiosity and intelligence of his students at Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and at the Revel Graduate School.
Jewish Culture and Society in Medieval Iberia; Post-Expulsion Sephardic Diasporas; Early Modern Jewish Autobiography and Travel Literature; Inquisition and Crypto-Judaism: Colonial Latin America; Atlantic Studies. Latin American Jewish Culture
Blood and Faith: Family and Identity in the Early Modern Sephardic Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2016)
Wilf campus - Belfer Hall

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Fall 2018
Jew Culture in Med Spain
JHI 6384
Fall 2018
The Jews of Medieval Spain
JHIS 1335
Fall 2018
The New World:Txtual Encountrs
INTC 1008H
Summer 2018
Honors Prog Senior Project II
JUDS 4920H
Summer 2018
Seph Reactions to Persecution
JHI 6388
Spring 2018
Honors Prog Senior Project II
JUDS 4920H
Spring 2018
Jewish Presence in Lat America
JHI 5580
Spring 2018
JHIS 4932
Spring 2018
JHIS 4931
Fall 2017
Honors Prog Senior Project I
JUDS 4910H