Dara Head ShotDara Jeffries is the Vice-President of the Jewish Community of Oporto, of which she has been a member since she was a child. She is also a representative of the Community with respect to its cultural endeavors internationally and has spoken at International Film Festivals and conferences about the Community’s films, museums and educational programs. Dara holds a Masters in languages from Oxford University, a Portuguese Law degree and a US Law degree, and is a practicing attorney. Dara and her husband Dale, a retired musician and professor, have two grown sons and split their time between Portugal and Miami.

 

 

Genie Head ShotGenie Milgrom was born in Havana, Cuba, into a Roman Catholic family of Spanish ancestry. In an unparalleled work of genealogy, she could fully document her unbroken maternal lineage 22 generations going back as far as 1405 to her Jewish ancestors in pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal. She is the past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami and the past president of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies. She is the author of My 15 Grandmothers and other books, including The Recipes of My 15 Grandmothers and Others. She brings awareness to people tracing their Jewish roots to the time of the Inquisition returning to Judaism. Genie is the director of the Converso Genealogy Project, digitizing Inquisition files worldwide, and now has produced the movie “ Between the Stone and the Flower,” currently screening in festivals worldwide.

 

Henry Head ShotDr. Henry Green is a Professor of Religious Studies and the former director of Judaic and Sephardic Studies at the University of Miami, Florida. He is the founding director of MOSAIC, the Jewish Museum of Florida, and Sephardi Voices, an audio-visual digital archive of Arab Jews. He is the author, with Richard Stursberg, of Sephardi Voices: The Untold Expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands (2021) and many other publications regarding the Sephardi/Mizrahi. He has served as a visiting Fellow at Oxford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and testified to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in the United States as an advocate for the rights of those displaced. 

 

 

Miriam Head ShotDr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is a child survivor and Holocaust Educator who fled Kosice, Slovakia, as a small child in 1941 via Lisbon, Portugal, in open hiding and on the run along with her parents and infant brother, the late Federal Honorable Judge Ted Klein.  Dr. Klein Kassenoff is the Education Chairperson at the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in Miami Beach, Florida. She is also the Founding Director of the Teacher Institute on Holocaust Studies for the University of Miami’s School of Education. She has participated in extensive studies at Yad Vashem’s International Center for Holocaust Centers.  Dr. Klein Kassenoff is an appointee to the Florida Education Commissioner’s Holocaust Task Force. As the Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, she is responsible for all staff development and Holocaust teacher training. She is also a member of the USHMM Council of Holocaust Centers.