The Jews of the Caribbean - Part II
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This four-week series starts at the turn of the century with the Spanish-American War and arrivals of Jews to Cuba and Panama and its Canal. This lecture series covers mobsters and gangsters in Cuba, the golden years before the Cuban Revolution as well as the ongoing after effects of that revolution. The Caribbean’s front line and rarely talked about role in World War II will be unearthed as well as the untold stories about which countries refused fleeing Jews sanctuary - as well as those who helped. In the final presentation, Dana Cohen-Sprott will discuss the role and contribution Jews have made to Caribbean development and profile the Caribbean Jewish communities today.
1. Spanish-American War and the Jews of Cuba - How a 10-week war changed America
2. World War II and the Caribbean, Part I - Hitler's gateway to the Americas
3. World War II and the Caribbean, Part II - Untold stories of refuge and refusal
4. Shalom Mon! Jewish Caribbean in the 20th-century
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dana Cohen-Sprott has spent the last 25 years living and working in the Caribbean. While working in Jamaica on the Prime Minister’s staff, she learned of the 500 year old Jewish community that was an integral part of island history and the Caribbean. Her work for American Eagle – Latitudes took her throughout the region, where she learned firsthand about regional Jewish history: the pirates, planters, and revolutionaries, as well as about the havens for Jews during World War II and their involvement in Caribbean development. The Caribbean region and the ever-evolving Jewish community have been a backdrop for all of America’s wars. Cohen-Sprott has a BS in Economics from Russell Sage College and holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University. She is a published writer, author, lecturer and researcher, and led the international team that pinpointed the location of a synagogue and burial ground on the Island of St. Maarten.
||9:00 am - 10:45 am
||Fridays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member