From the Book of Genesis to 23andMe, Jews have always been irresistibly drawn to the practice and study of genealogy. Whether filling out a family tree, finding lost relatives, or hoping to reveal some long-hidden chapter of one’s ancestry, genealogy and genetic testing have given individuals a more concrete and biologically-based grasp on their place…
Max Modiano Daniel is a PhD student in the History department at the University of California, Los Angeles. His dissertation will be about the multiple meanings of Sephardic community in the postwar United States. At UCLA, he is the director of ucLadino, a student group dedicated to studying Judeo-Spanish, and helps organize their annual Ladino symposium. He is also the project manager of UCLA’s Sephardic Archive Initiative.