Adriana M. Brodsky, associate professor of history and history department chair, has had her book published, titled “Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine: Community and National Identity, 1880-1960” (Indiana Univ. Press, 2016). At the turn of the 20th century, Jews from North Africa and the Middle East were called Turcos (“Turks”); they were seen as distinct from Ashkenazim and not even identified as Jews. In her book, Brodsky follows the history of Sephardim as they arrived in Argentina, created immigrant organizations, founded synagogues and cemeteries, and built strong ties with coreligionists around the country.
“By focusing on the lives of Sephardic Jews, male and female alike, both in Buenos Aires and the interior provinces, Adriana M. Brodsky is able to challenge many commonly held assumptions about Jewish lives in Argentina, home to the biggest Jewish community in Latin America,” Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University.
Brodsky is also editor (with Raanan Rein) of “The New Jewish Argentina: Facets of Jewish Experiences in the Southern Cone” (Brill, 2013),winner of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association Best Book Award in 2013.