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Professional Judaic Exhibitions
Developed and Curated by Shelomo Alfassa

Shelomo Alfassa is past Director of Special Projects for the American Sephardi Federartion. Mr. Alfassa has worked on several Jewish cultural exhibitions, this includes developing and curating three of his own exhibitions, at the Center for Jewish History (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution). Two of these exhibitions received the support of the New York Council for the Humanities and opened to a reception of several hundred persons respectively.

 Selected Letters of Reverend Dr. David de Sola Pool (1885-1970) [2012-2013]
 Looking Back: Jewish Life in Morocco [2011-2013]
 Jerusalem and the Jews of Spain: Longing and Reality [2009-2010]
 

Mr. Alfassa 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.

In 2003, Mr. Alfassa traveled to Poland representing American 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).

From 2006-2009 he was U.S. Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) and was involved full-time in Track-II diplomacy. There, he 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.

Mr. Alfassa 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); The Sephardic Anousim, (2010); Eclectic Miscellany (2011); and Shameful Behavior: Bulgaria and the Holocaust. (2011). His book The Sephardic Anousim is the first book ever written on the history of forcibly converted Jews of Iberia--from a Jewish religious law perspective.

Mr. Alfassa lives in Brooklyn, NY, home to the largest religious Sephardic community outside of Jerusalem. There, some 75,000 Syrian, Egyptian, and Lebanese Jews live among smaller pockets of Moroccan, Turkish, Iraqi and other Jews.