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The Sephardic Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943. A web companion to a new history.

For nearly 40 years the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture (FASSAC) has been dedicated to preserving and promoting the centuries-old culture of the Sephardim of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Europe and the U.S.

Origins of the Foundation

The FASSAC was founded in 1965 to renew and preserve Sephardic culture, and its founding members included some of the leading figures of the Sephardic community. Chief among these were David N. Barocas, Louis N. Levy, and the renowned scholar Prof. Maír José Benardete.

The Foundation´s first pulication was Studies in Honor of M. J. Benardete, which was presented to Benardete at a dinner held in his honor at New York´s Plaza Hotel in 1965.

Commitment to publication

From that beginning until today, the Foundation´s main focus has been to document through resesarch and publication the history and culture of the Sephardic Jews.

In 1967, the Foundation raised funds to have the acclaimed photographer Victor Laredo photograph Spain´s Juderías, or old Jewish quarters. Laredo's work was featured in the 1967 photographic exhibition 'Sephardic Spain,' which was held at the Jewish Museum in New York City. The exhibition was also featured on the CBS television program, 'Look Up and Live.'

During the 1970s, the Foundation co-sponsored events and publications in the New York area, assisting Yeshiva University with their Sephardic Community Activities Program and co-sponsoring some early publications of their Sephardic Studies Program. In 1980, the Foundation was co-publisher of Studies in Sephardic Culture: The David N. Barocas Memorial Volume.

Recent publications and activities

As we enter a new era, the Foundation continues to vigorously renew and preserve the rich heritage, culture and legacy of our ancestors. With extensive archives gathered over the decades from numerous sources, the Foundation has been able to produce, support, and enrich numerous research projects and published works.

Publications include "Ladino Reveries: Tales of the Sephardic Experience in America and An Introduction to Literature on the Holocaust in Greece. Our newest issue is Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943. Other important projects, such as a new history of the Jews of Kastoria, are under development.

These publications, presentations and exhibitions attest to the Foundation´s efforts to enrich Spanish Jewish culture in our times.

<i>Last Century</i> of a Sephardic Community - The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943.

Last Century of a Sephardic Community - The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943.
by Mark Cohen

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