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 has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Philosophy. She received her PhD in 2017 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid in a Joint PhD program. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative ethnographic study of the relation between memory and identity among Spanish-Moroccan Jews that emigrated to Israel and Argentina.
She was the recipient of the Gaon Prize (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) in 2016 for research projects about Judeo-Spanish culture. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University (2018-2019) and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (2019-2020).
Her research focuses on autobiographical narratives of Mizrahi Jews in Israel. Also, she is interested in the Sephardi experience of modernity as expressed in the answers of rabbinic authorities and intellectual elites.
Lastly, Angy Cohen is part of the Beit Midrash Arevot where Israeli women learn Sephardi sources in order to continue the tradition and style of halachic interpretation of their ancestors as women in the 21st century.
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 A. McDonald is the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postddotoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Rice University. In addition to his academic training, Charles has extensive professional experience in the fields of international education, non-profit management, and fundraising and development.