Historian and Researcher on Greek Jewry. Aristotle University,
Dept.of Modern Greek History, Thessaloniki, Greece,
and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept. of
Jewish Languages, and Lecturer for graduate-level Mekor
Program in Sephardic Studies. Founder and Director of the Institute
of Hellenic-Jewish Relations, University of Denver,
Denver, Colorado. Researcher on Greek Jewry
in the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Contributor to Pinkas
Kehilot Yavan (Greek Memorial Book) published at Yad Vashem in
1999. Past sub-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust
(section on the Balkans), Yad Vashem. Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary
Holocaust Project of Reseachers on Sephardic and Oriental Jewry in the
Holocaust, Summer Institute 1999, United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, Washington D.C., Contributor to Encyclopaedia Judaica
Yearbook(1986-7,1988-9, 1990-91, 1983-1992),
Encyclopedia of Zionism, Computerized Encyclopedia
of the Holocaust (Wiesenthal Center), New dictionary of National
Biography (Oxford University Press), Judaeo-Greek Studies Bulletin
(Cambridge University, Cambridge, England), Israel Studies Bulletin
(The Association for Israel Studies, and published under the auspices of
the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania), Journal of Modern
Greek Studies, Maguen, Aki Yerushalayim, Pinkas Kehilot Yavan
(Yad Vashem), Pe'amim (Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem), Tribune Juive,
The Jerusalem Post, Bamaaracha, Bashaar, Los Muestros, Lashon,
Sharsheret Hadorot, The Jewish Museum of Greece Newsletter, Avotaynu,
Revista de Oriente y Occidente, Ariel, The Casa Shalom Journal, Chronology
of World Slavery and Gesher (the Official Journal of The Council of Christians
& Jews), etc., ... .
Past academic guest lectures at Ohio State University, University of Minnesota,
Columbia University, NYU(Skirball Center for Judaic Studies and Onassis Chair
for Greek Studies), Harvard(Center for European Affairs), Princeton, Reed College,
Baltimore Hebrew University, University of Maryland, Kent State University,
University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), University of Arizona at Tucson,
Creighton University, Villanova University, YIVO, Gratz College, University of
Cambridge (England), University College (London), Oxford University (England),
University of London (England), London School of Economics, Wittenberg University,
University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of California (Berkeley),
University of Washington (Seattle), University of Denver, Universidad de Santiago
(Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Anatolia College (Thessaloniki), University of
Aalborg (Denmark), Cornell, Old Dominion, UCLA, Penn State University,
The University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Boise State University,
Boston University, University of Colorado (Boulder), University of
Wisconsin (Madison), University of Windsor (Canada),
Ripon College, Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College (New York City),
University of Humanist Studies (Utrecht, Holland), University of St. Thomas
(Saint Paul, Minnesota), University of Utah, University of Nevada at Las
Vegas, University of California at Davis, San Francisco State University,
University of New Orleans, Drew University, Yeshiva University, Berkeley
Theological Union, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Illinois at Champagne,
University of South Carolina, York University, McGill University, University
of Victoria, University of Nanjing (Nanjing, China), University of Heidelberg
(Germany), University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Flinders
University of South Australia, The Open University (Lisbon, Portugal),
Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha (Toledo, Spain), University of Haifa,
Dominican University, University of Craiova (Rumania), Freie Universitat
Berlin, Hofstra, Tel Aviv University, St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia),
University of Warsaw, Emory University, University of Hartford, John Hopkins
University, Kean University (Union, New Jersey), and St. John's University.
Past general lectures given at the Israeli Genealogy Society, Sephardic
Educational Center, First International Conference of the Second Generation of
Holocaust Survivors, Sephardic Educational Center (Jerusalem), Morit, Centre
Yair(Jerusalem), Yad Vashem, Second Annual Convention of the American Sephardic
Federation and Sephardic House (New York City), Jewish Genealogical Society of
Canada (Toronto), Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, and the Agnon
Planned exhibitions on Greek Jewry for Holocaust Museum of Kibbutz Lochamei
Getaot, American Sephardic Federation and Greek National Tourist Organization
(Oct. 23-13, 1991. Universal Sheraton Hotel, Los Angeles.), and photo
contributions from personal research collection to the U.S. National Holocaust
Museum(Wash. D.C.), The Smithsonian Museum(Wash. D.C.), Luis de Santangel 98
International Conference at Dominican University (Chicago), Capetown Holocaust
Museum, Simon Wiesenthal Museum(L.A.), & the Children in the Holocaust
Exhibit(Jewish Heritage Museum and the Center for Holocaust Studies, N.Y.C.).
Photos have also appeared in Encyclopedia of the Holocaust(Hebrew edition),
Encyclopaedia Judaica Yearbooks, Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Holocaust,
Tribune Juive, and Aki Yerushalayim. Currently on Board of Directors and
Treasurer of the newly developing Center for the Heritage of Sephardic Jewry,
which is being planned in Israel. Member of Board of Directors of Casa Shalom,
Institute for Marrano Studies, (Gan Yavneh, Israel).
Founded with Avraham Goldblatt in Jerusalem the Sephardic Electronic
Archive(SEA) - part of the New York - Israel Project of NYsernet(New York
State Educational Research Network), and also sponsored by the Shalom Hartman
Institute, the Yakar Educational Foundation, and the Judaic Studies Committee
at the University of Arizona at Tucson. Editor of the monthly Sepharad
Newsletter "Sefarad, the Sephardic Newsletter" of worldwide Sephardic academic
and cultural affairs. Founder and Director of the Institute of Hellenic-Judaic
Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Member of the Editorial Board
of the Jewish Studies Judaica eJournal. Consultant for the Hebrew Union
College project on the Lower East Side of New York and the Broome Street
Synagogue of the Jews of Ioanina, Greece. Jerusalem editor of the IVRI-NASAWI
literary magazine. Co-Editor of Ismi, International Sephardi/Mizrahi Index.
Member of the American Biographical Institute Board of Advisors. Listed in the
Dictionary of International Biography – 27th Edition, Cambridge, England.
Films: "Ioanina, Athens, Jerusalem", "David Benveniste: A Salonikan
Personality in Jerusalem", “Avraham Franco, Rhodes-Hebron-Jerusalem”,
“The Burla Family”and was advisor for "Salonika-Auschwitz". Also:
"Early Sephardic Settlement in Israel"(Filmed my lecture). Jewish Audio
Visions. Jerusalem, Israel. and "The Bulgarian Deportation of 1943: The Fate of
Jews from Bulgarian Occupied territories of Thrace, Macedonia, and East
Serbia"(Film of my lecture and slide show of rare photographs from the
Deportation.) The Holocaust Center of Northern California. San Francisco,
California. Interviewed in film, "My Father" (about the Salonikan folklorist
and Politician Baruch Uziel).
Lecture participation in academic association conferences: Modern Greek Studies
Association, Association for Jewish Studies, CIEPO(Ottoman and pre-Ottoman
studies), LAJSA(Latin American Jewish Studies Association), AIS(Association of
Israel Studies), ISSEI (the International Society for the Study of European
Ideas), Beresit II - Cofradia Internacional De Investigadores, Group for Early
Modern Culture Studies (GEMCS), Northern Great Plains Historical Conference,
Society for Social Studies in Science, East-Central/American Society for
Eighteenth Century Studies, Carolinas Symposium on British Studies, Northeast
PLA/ACA Annual Meeting, Modern Language Association of America, Northwest
Eighteenth Century Studies (NECS), Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast Councils
for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS & PCCLAS), Mid-east Council for Latin
American Studies (MACLAS), International Society for
Classical Tradition, Institute for the Study of Islamic-Jewish Relations
(University of Denver), International Congress on the Economic and Social
History of the Ottoman Empire, North Central Council of Latin Americanists
(NCCLA), Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies(CSECS), Interface -
Society for Humanities and Technology (Southern College of Technology,
Atlanta, Georgia), Annual Scholar's Conference on the Holocaust and the
Churches, African Studies Association (ASA), Popular Culture Association,
Congress of the International Federation of Latin American and Caribbean
Studies (FIEALC), The Society for the Economic and Social History of the Ottoman
Empire Empire, Western Jewish Studies Association, European Association
of Jewish Studies (EAJS) and the World Union of Jewish Studies.
Guest lecture participation for academic associations: Israeli Association for
the Advancement of Research on Latin American Jewry (Amilat).
Keynote address "Relations between Jews, Greeks, and Turks in Salonika" at an
International Conference on Relations between Greeks and Jews entitled
"Between Athens and Jerusalem, Reason and Faith in Conflict". Sponsored by the
Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest and Reed College.
Portland, Oregon. March 11, 1990. Keynote panel lecture, "1992, Year of
Sephardic Renaissance", at the Seventh International Research Conference of
the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 7, 1993.
Nominated over 800 Righteous Gentiles for Yad Vashem (from Greece,
Yugoslavia, Albania, Italy, France, Holland, Poland, and Turkey; including the
Turkish Consul in Rhodes in 1944 Salahattin Ulkumen, and Greek Princess Alice,
the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip of England).
Radio Program "Land and People". Thurs. Jan. 9, 1992. 17:00-18:00. Radio One.
Jerusalem. Interviewed as historian on the Jews of Salonika by Haim Zur.
Research and background for Israel TV program "Shabbat in the Air" of Elazar
Strum of 31.1.92 featuring the rescue efforts of local Rhodian Jews by the
Turkish Consul Salahattin Ulkumen in Rhodes in 1944. Interviewed on Ethnic
Radio EB1/FM of Adelaide, Australia, by Pamela Mendels of the "Jewish Half
Hour" on Sunday morning, July 30, 1994 at 11:00 a.m. Interviewed on
radio broadcast on Greek Jewry in the Holocaust, Radio Yerushahalyim,
101 FM, Yom Hashoa (Holocaust Commemoration Day) on May 5, 1997,
13:00-15:00, [Hebrew]; Also interviewed on same day (May 5, 1997) on
radio broadcast by commentator Meir Gross on Salonikan Jewry in the
Holocaust, Arutz 7, 22:00-23:00. [Hebrew] Interviewed in Craiova, Rumania
On October 8, 1998 for Rumanian National Television, and weekly Israel
program of Rumanian National Radio.
Past Research Grants
- Doctoral Research Grant. Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece.
- Research Grant. Holocaust Museum and Research Institute of Kibbutz Lochamei
- Research Grant for the Study of Greek Zionism, the Jewish National Fund, and
Greek-Jewish Agricultural Settlement in Eretz-Israel. Historical Research
Institute of the Jewish National Fund, Jerusalem, Israel.
- Led group research grant, U.S. National Museum of the Holocaust, Washington D.C. Team of seven academic researchers in multi-disciplinarian study on history and culture of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry in the Holocaust. Summer 1999.
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FUTURE FILMS OF YITZCHAK KEREM CURRENTLY IN PROCESS
1) Righteous Gentiles in Europe in the Holocaust (13 part series). Orion and
Ziva Film Studios, Jerusalem.
2) The Iberian Expulsion of the Jews to Salonika. (Prepared for the 500th
anniversary in 1992 of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal.)
Co-produced with the noted Israeli film producer Adir Zik under the
auspices of the Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest.
Jerusalem and Portland, Oregon.
3) Sephardic Personalities in Jerusalem. (8 part series) Co-production with
Shimon Aplatony under the auspices of SEFARAD - Society for the
Preservation and Promotion of Judeo-Spanish Culture. Jerusalem.
4) The Star and the Crescent. Feature fiction dramatic film based on
contemporary and historical Turkey centering on 500 years of Jewish
settlement in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, the Armenian and
Kurdish questions, the GAP water and energy resource project, and
the archeological site of Haran - the Biblical city where Jacob met
Rebecca and birthplace of Rachel and Leah.
5) The History of the Sefardim in the USA. Co-production with Alan Rosenthal.
6) The Life of Avraham Franco and his Rhodian Roots. Independent production.
Filmed by Ziva film company Jerusalem.
7) The Burla family, Greece to Israel. Independent production with Shlomo
Burla showing how he discovered his Sephardic roots.