Lecture: The Jews of Bordeaux

Mayer & Ethel Lerner Sanctuary

"From New Christians to French Citizens: The Jews of the Bordeaux Region" with Geradine Gudefin, Adjunct faculty in history, American University 

Bordeaux, as most Americans know, is one of the most important wine regions of France. Less known is the fact that for several centuries, Bordeaux and its region hosted a vibrant Jewish community which made numerous contributions to the history of France. Join us to retrace the history of this unique Jewish community across four centuries. In this talk, Dr. Gudefin will present both a local and a global story - an exploration of a French Jewish community that developed unique traditions, rooted in the culture and the landscape of Southern France, while remaining connected to the Jewish Diaspora spanning several continents.

Geraldine Gudefin is a modern Jewish historian from France. She holds a BA from Sorbonne-Paris IV, an MA in History from Yale and a Ph.D. in History from Brandeis University. Her research interests include French and American Jewish history; Jewish migration history; gender history; law and religion; and legal pluralism in comparative perspective.

Light refreshments will be served in the Lobby following the conclusion of the lecture.

Co-sponsored by the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies. Please register at:


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