Magicians, mystics, mischief-makers, and messiahs take center stage in the CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture series, a program which brings CU Boulder humanities scholars to communites around Colorado to share innovative perspectives of historical figures, events and enduring questions. It is offered through the Program in Jewish Studies in partnership with the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement Arts and Humanities Initiative. 

Rebecca Wartell to Speak in Ridgway

Forced Conversion and Spanish Jewry

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 7:30 PM
The Sherbino Theater | 604 Clinton St, Ridgway, CO 81432

Entry by donation to The Sherbino, or purchase tickets in advance online.


The forced conversion of half of Spain’s Jews to Christianity during the Inquisition period (1391-1492) left a legacy of Crypto-Jewry that continues to impact families in modern times. This workshop will consider rabbinic texts that address the challenges of conversion in the early modern period, as well as contemporary approaches to the issue of conversos reclaiming their Jewish identities. 

Rebecca Wartell, Instructor in Jewish Studies. [Black and white photo of Rebecca smiling at camera.]Rebecca Wartell is an instructor in the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Colorado native. She researches Sephardic Jews in the early modern period, with a particular interest in issues of refugees and migration after the Spanish Expulsion. Wartell has a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University and will receive her PhD in early modern history this year from Monash University. 

This event is brought to you by the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado in partnership with the CU Boulder Program in Jewish Studies and the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.

Refugees, Jewish philosophy, and Crypto Jews take center stage in the 2018-2019 CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture series, a partnership between CU’s Program in Jewish Studies and Office for Outreach and Engagement. Peak to Peak sends Jewish Studies faculty to communities around Colorado to share innovative perspectives on historical figures, events, and enduring questions.