Mainstream Jewry has encountered communities spanning Asia, Africa, and the Americas claiming to belong to the Jewish people or to be descendants of lost Israelite tribes for centuries. Who are these groups, how did they get “lost” or become isolated from the rest of known Jewry, and why have their claims been accepted or rejected?
Session I will explore communities whose connection to the Jewish people was recognized pre-WWI
(e.g., Samaritans, Beta Israel, Bene Israel).
Session II will explore communities that have sought recognition post-WWI (e.g., Bene Menashe, Abayudaya, Bnei Anousim). Click here to register for Session II
Students may register for one or both 4-week sessions.