The Sephardic-Israel Centre presents, in collaboration with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid the summer course ‘Judaism: contributions and presence in the contemporary world’, which will take place from 7 to 11 July at the Escorial and at which university credit will be awarded to those students who request it.
The main objective of the course is to provide the students with a panoramic vision of Judaism and how it relates to the contemporary world. It will analyse, as a part of this relationship, the reencounter between Spain and the Jewish World in light of the recent initiatives that our country has developed in support of creating more bridges towards a collective that is essential to our history. It will also highlight the role played by the creation of the State of Israel in the cultural and political development of the Jewish people, with its problems, but also with its example of dynamism and modernity, underscoring the role that many Jews have played in political thought, in many artistic areas or even in the growth of an international financial system. Finally, there will be a particular mention of the Shoah as the darkest side of a historical development that peaked in the West with the extermination of millions of Jews and the impact this had on our history and the history of the Jewish people in particular.