It is my pleasure to welcome you to our first ever Sephardic Summer Institute. In the Old City of Jerusalem -- the heart of the Jewish world, and the headquarter campus of the SEC -- we will spend one week exploring the philosophy of Classic Sephardic Judaism. Our distinguished faculty of speakers, ranking from the leading academic and educational institutions in Israel, will challenge us to look beyond the traditional regional and ethnic definitions of the word "Sephardic." These scholars will enlighten us to the unique worldview of Classic Sephardic Judaism, demonstrating that the word "Sephardic" indeed transcends birthplace and ethnicity. The ultimate goal of our week of studies, excursions and discussions is to articulate a renewed Mission Statement for the Sephardic Educational Center, positioning the SEC as an organization whose program offerings reflect a unique philosophy that can appeal to Jews of all backgrounds. We are sorry you can't be with us this year, but we invite you to log onto this blogspot and follow our daily postings. Below you will find our full itinerary. We welcome your comments, reflections and ideas. Looking forward to having you join us on this site this year, and, next year, Summer 2011 --- looking forward to having you join us in person, for our Second Sephardic Summer Institute. To paraphrase the Passover Haggadah: "This year -- the blog, and next year -- IN JERUSALEM!
Rabbi Daniel Bouskila
SEC Director of Special Projects
Director, Sephardic Summer Institute