Spain’s Ancient Jewish Cemeteries, with Dominique Tomasov
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: About how many Jewish cemeteries were there in Spain at the time of the Expulsion in 1492? And how many communities did they serve?
Dominique Tomasov Blinder was born in New York and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires.
Her professional experience includes work in Argentina, the United States and Spain.
Since 1991 she has lived in Barcelona, where she was a founding member of ATID, the Conservative Jewish Community there. Since 1999 she has been dedicated to the study, preservation, dissemination and advocacy of Jewish Heritage.
In 1999 she created the Urban Cultours project, and was also co-founder of the Heritage Commission of the Jewish Communities of Catalonia and of the Center of Studies Zakhor for the Protection and Transmission of Jewish Heritage. One of her main areas of interest is the identification and preservation of ancient Jewish cemeteries in Spain, and she was instrumental in achieving Landmark Designation for the Middle Ages Jewish cemetery in Barcelona.
In previous programs she spoke with us about Jewish history in Barcelona and its present-day Jewish community. This week she is speaking with us about ancient Jewish cemeteries in Spain, and especially the one on Montjuic, Barcelona’s “Jewish Mountain”.
Dominique has asked that this program be dedicated to the memory of her parents, Rubén and Raquel Z”L.