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Presenter: Nancy Adelson
Washington State enjoys a rich Jewish history because of the cultural diversity of our Jewish communities based on their countries of origin, their varying traditions and languages. Using PowerPoint slides sharing historic pictures, learn about the first wave of German-speaking Jewish immigrants from central Europe starting in the 1850's, discover the second wave of Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe between 1880-1924 and explore the third major wave comprised of Sephardic Jews who spoke Ladino primarily from Turkey and Rhodes beginning in 1902. All these Jewish immigrants, also spoke Hebrew and their regional and native countries' languages. However, few could speak, read or write English when they arrived in Washington but these founding families' adopted a "pioneer spirit" in this large State. This is a "must see" for anyone interested in Jewish Communities of the Great Northwest and the 2nd largest Sephardic Community in the USA today.