Mr. Shelomo Alfassá
Alfassá is a well known international advocate for the
Sephardic Jews. To
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several other news agencies. He has appeared on Fox
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Alfassá is a well known international
advocate for Sephardic Jewry. Currently,
he is Director of Special Projects
for a national American Jewish organization.
Mr. Alfassá has worked on
four Sephardic cultural exhibitions,
this includes developing and curating
two of his own exhibitions, at the
Center for Jewish History
(an affiliate of the Smithsonian
Institution) in New York City:
and the Jews of Spain: Longing and
Reality [in 2009] and Looking
Back: Jewish Life in Morocco
[in 2010]. Both of these exhibitions
received the support of the New
York Council for the Humanities
and opened to a reception of several
hundred persons respectively.
Alfassá is a consultant to
the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic
Culture Research Center in Istanbul
and was the former Executive Director
of the International Sephardic
Leadership Council in New York.
He served as former Director of
Research and Development for Sephardic
House in New York City and for
four years he served as a vice-president
of the Foundation for the Advancement
of Sephardic Studies and Culture.
He was a staff consultant to both
the Sephardic Educational Center
and the Shehebar Sephardic Center
(Midrash Sefaradi) in Jerusalem.
He is a member of Scholars for
Peace in the Middle East.
2003, Mr. Alfassá traveled
to Poland representing Sephardic
Jews in the United States as part
of Judéo-Espagnol A Auschwitz,
a multi-national campaign that sought-and
received-recognition for Turkish/Greek
and Balkan Holocaust victims that
perished at Auschwitz. In 2006,
he successfully worked with the
U.S. Congress to bring about greater
representation for Sephardic victims
of the Holocaust at the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
2006-2009 he was U.S. Director of
Justice for Jews from Arab Countries
involved full-time in Track-II diplomacy.
successfully helped promote H.Res.185,
an historic resolution recognizing
rights of Jews displaced from Arab
countries which was unanimously
approved by the U.S. Congress. In
2010, Mr Alfassá (I-NY) announced
the formation of a Congressional
Exploratory Committee for New
York's 9th District, as a delegate
for the 2012 seat in the United
States House of Representatives.
Alfassá was the editor-in-chief
of the award winning International
Sephardic Journal and his essays
and papers on Jewish history and
politics have appeared in numerous
media outlets. His books
include Ethnic Sephardic Jews
in the Medical Literature, (2005);
Reference Guide to the Nazis
and Arabs During the Holocaust,
(2006); A Window Into Old Jerusalem,
(2007); History, Politics &
Loss, (2008); The Palm Tree
of Deborah, (2009) and The
Sephardic Anousim, (2010).
Alfassá's family is from
the Ottoman island of Rhodes and
Ottoman Edirne, Turkey.