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‎20 Tishri 5784 | ‎04/10/2023

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Fun Things to Do this Summer: Courses, Fairs, Exhibits

Fun Things to Do this Summer: Courses, Fairs, Exhibits

ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What is the “Red de Casas” created by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation?

This week we are going to tell you about some Jewish-related activities you can participate in this summer. Most of them are taking place in or near Madrid, but there is one exciting online course you can take from anywhere in the world.

CURSOS DE VERANO DE LA UCM—Every year since 1988 the Complutense University has offered a wide selection of summer courses to students and the general public. These courses take place in El Escorial, a town about 54 kilometers or 34 miles north of Madrid. This year, Centro Sefarad-Israel is organizing two of these courses: Diásporas e interculturalidad en el siglo XXI (Diasporas and Interculturality in the 21st Century) and Israel Start-up Nation: un modelo de innovación tecnológica y científica (a Model of Technological and Scientific Innovation). We spoke with Sonia Sánchez Díaz, the Director of the courses.


BOOK FAIR. Madrid’s annual Book Fair is taking place in the Retiro Park from May 27 through June 12. Centro Sefarad-Israel and the Network of Jewish Quarters will be present in Stand number 2, which will be shared by two Jewish publishers: Editorial Certeza (May 27-June 4) and Libros de Sefarad (June 5-12). More information

ART EXHIBIT: There is still time to visit “Vínculos”, a group exhibit of the work of 12 contemporary Jewish painters and sculptors, members of the Asociación Judía de Artistas Plásticos de España. At Centro Sefarad-Israel through June 6.

RECONQUISTARTE ART AND CRAFT FAIR. Paseo de Recoletos, every day from May 24-June 29, 11:00-3:00 and 5:00-9:00. Claudia Tijman, Jewish artist and jewelry designer is in stand 7. Ask to see her Jewish-themed work, which is not always on display.

FREE ONLINE COURSE: Discovering Ashkenaz: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe. Offered by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Available through August.

And if you know of any other interesting Jewish-themed activities that will take place in Spain this summer, and may be of interest to our English-speaking audience, please send us an email and we will include them on this page: