Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean with Lael Hazan

Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

As a child, did you ever watch movies about the Barbery Pirates? Do the names Black Beard and Captain Kidd conjure up visions of adventure on the high seas? Did you ever pretend to be a pirate or play pirate with your friends? Did you ever wear a pirate costume on Halloween or Purim? It was all fantasy because “this was not job for a nice Jewish boy.” Wrong! There were Jewish pirates, and many were incredibly successful.

Hear the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures this presentation reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.

Bring your popcorn for this Zoom program that proves the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” This is the swashbuckling true story of pawns, paupers, princes, and pirates that fill the colorful tapestry of the Jews of the Caribbean. Extraordinary tales of escape, revenge, and adventure await. You will not want to miss this amazing program!

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