Program Details

The Jewish Diaspora:  Morocco, Spain, Cuba, and Argentina

Helene Herman
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This series, enhanced with visuals, explores the history and contemporary culture of four distinct yet interrelated global Jewish communities surviving and, in some cases, thriving. Two have ties to antiquity, the shores of the Mediterranean and Muslim rule; two have ties to expulsion, refuge, and the New World, but all are connected to the continuing story of the Jewish Diaspora.


  1. Morocco: A “Mecca” for Jews
  2. Spain: Home of the Sepharad
  3. Cuba: From Columbus to Castro
  4. Argentina: Conversos, Gauchos, Rabbis & More

About the Instructor

  • Helene Herman retired as President of a 400-member lifelong learning club in Florida that evolved from Brandeis Women. She lectures on a variety of historical and cultural topics. Herman has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in global marketing for a variety of American manufacturers in diverse product areas. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from NYU; her background in cultural anthropology was instrumental in putting her on the path to her marketing career and her career as a Lifelong Learning lecturer.