Makom Sefarad´s Executive Director is Haim Casas .After graduating from the Law School of the University of Seville (Spain), he committed himself to the recovering of Jewish Spain. He started in 2005 with a Spanish couple, who shared the passion for Sephardic Judaism, Casa de Sefarad, the Jewish museum of Cordoba (Spain). Meanwhile, along with other Jewish leaders, he started Beit Rambam, the first progressive congregation in South of Spain. In 2010, he opened Casa Mazal, a Cultural Café devoted to Sephardic gastronomy.
On 2012 he started his Rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College in London. He was ordained on 2017. He cooperates with some Jewish communities and cultural organizations in the UK, France, Switzerland, Spain and Morocco.
His dream is to promote spaces in Spain and Morocco where to encounter an inclusive and diverse experience of Judaism. Part of this dream is also to preserve and promote Spanish Jewish heritage.
Makom Sefarad´s program director is Jorge Gershon (Graduate at the School of Economics of Seville). He served at Casa de Sefarad, the Jewish museum of Cordoba (Spain) and he is currently one of the responsibles of the Visitors Centre of the Jewish Quarter of Seville. Gershon is devoted to the preservation of Jewish heritage in Andalusia. He is also a board member of Beit Rambam, the progressive Jewish community of Seville-Andalusia, where he leads services and coordinates Shabbat hospitality and guidance to foreign Jewish students.
Dr Angy Cohen is the coordinator of education in Makom Sefarad. Angy received her PhD by the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Through her PhD she explored the construction of Jewish-Moroccan identity in Argentina and Israel. She made Aliyah to Israel in 2014 and since then she has lived between Israel and Spain. In this 2017/2018 academic year she has been a full-time student at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She is also a member of the Beit Midrash ("house of study") for Sephardic women Arevot, located in the old city of Jerusalem.
Angy has a deep interest in Sephardic rabbinic tradition and texts. The study in havruta, in pairs, in the context of the Beit Midrash, is the type of space and practice Angy wants to promote in Spain. Providing these spaces in part of the recovery and enactment of a way of living Judaism that is involved with discussing the texts, disagreeing about them and holding conflicting positions.
Charles A. McDonald is academic adviser and director of international operations of Makom Sefarad. He is a doctoral candidate in anthropology and history at the New School for Social Research (New York), where he is completing his dissertation, Return to Sepharad: Jewish Revivalism and the Pragmatics of Inclusion in Spain. He is currently a Fellow of the Posen Society of Fellows. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Center for Jewish History, and the American Academy for Jewish Research. In Spain, he has held visiting research positions at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Charles is the Managing Director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI), a global hub in New York that brings together the most distinguished thinkers shaping contemporary social theory with graduate students and faculty from more than 40 countries. In addition to his academic training, Charles has extensive professional experience in the fields of international education, non-profit management, and fundraising and development.