Project Director, Andrée Aelion Brooks is a journalist, author, and lecturer. In the past she has received the American Jewish Woman of Achievement award from the American Jewish Committee and a special award from the Consulate General of Israel in conjunction with the American Sephardic Federation for her work in Sephardic Jewish History. She has also received an outstanding achievement award from the National Federation of Press Women for her news reporting at the New York Times. Brooks is an Associate Fellow at Yale University and the founder of the Women's Campaign School at Yale.

Curriculum producer, Yvonne Behar is a teacher and curriculum specialist with 20 years of classroom experience. Behar is widely known for her expertise in Sephardic music and culture. She has designed and implemented interactive curriculum materials for schools and summer camps and has been praised for her imaginative teaching methods.
Video producer, Craig Davidson is an independent video documentary producer and winner of many awards. He has created productions for CNN, PBS, Fox and HBO, some of which have also covered aspects of Jewish history.

Project Committee:

Prof. Jane Gerber is the director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at City University of New York and author of the award-winning book, "The Jews of Spain" (1992).

Rabbi Robert Orkand is the senior rabbi of Temple Israel, Westport, CT, and a former Chairman of the National Commission on Reform Jewish Education.

Mark Casso was director of Temple Israel Religious School.

This project was made possible by grants generously provided by: the Maurice Amado Foundation of Los Angeles and United Jewish Appeal of Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, CT.


"Teachers in the 6th grade said that when I first showed them the materials they thought they were perhaps too young for their students, but they tried them anyway. They said that the kids 'ate them up'"
     Cheryl Whatley, Director of Education, United Hebrew Congregation, St. Louis, MO.

Out of Spain Team Of Experts

Educational and training materials for
children 10 to 12 covering Sephardic history,
customs, festivals, music, food and folklore.
Programs for adults too.