New Group to Aid Restoration of Spanish-Jewish Cultural Works

A newly-established committee to foster Spanish-Jewish culture will seek financial backing for the publication of English translations of works by Sephardic scholars of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, it was announced today by Dr. Mair Jose Bernadete, retired professor of Spanish at Brooklyn College.

Prof. Bernadete, an expert on the history of Spanish Jewry, told a luncheon conference of American Sephardic leaders that many valuable works, translated into English during the 19th Century, have been lost, Sephardic Jewry in the United States, he declared, "must restore this intellectual treasure to the Jewish people."

Jose Fauer, assistant professor of Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will assist Dr. Bernadete in selecting books for publication. The committee will act on behalf of American museums and the Spanish Government in arranging for the shipment of Sephardic art works from Spain to the United States.

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