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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 6, 2000

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <>, Editor/Moderator AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Discussion List
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2000 16:04:37 -0500

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: I have received requests to transform this Discussion List into digest form. From now on, this Discussion List will usually appear as a single post with multiple messages, queries, and announcements.]


1. Announcement: Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky's new edition of *A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs*-new articles needed

2. Reminder and Announcement: Last Chance for Kosher Lunch Reservations for Caucus/Prof. Norman Stillman's Caucus Address

3. Ladino Dictionaries and Textbooks (Algranti Charles)

4. List of Upcoming Events (Jordan Elgrably/IVRI-NASAWI)

5. Transparencies of Maps (Sezgin)

1. Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, author of "A Treasury of Sephardic Laws and Customs" will have the third revised edition printed within the next several months. If anyone has written any books, articles, or produced cassettes, CD's or videos on any relevant subjects that they would like to have listed in the Reference section at the end of the book, kindly submit the information to us at Yeshiva University by November 30,2000. The listing should follow the format of: author's last name, first name, book title, publisher, city, date of publication. The titles and topics should relate to the area of Sephardic customs, traditions, liturgy, folklore, etc. Dr. Dobrinsky can be reached by phone at 212-960-0850 and by e-mail at His assistant is, Marilyn Kaufman. Her telephone number is 212-960-0851, and by e-mail at

Thank you.

namefrom: Patricia Nicholls
Subject: WWW form from

2. This is to remind readers that November 15 is the last day to submit reservations for kosher lunches for the Caucus at the Association for Jewish Studies (this year in Boston). Of course, you need not order a lunch in order to attend the Caucus. Please send your reservations to me at and your payment of $21 directly to the AJS.

The Caucus will be held on Monday, December 18 at 12:15. Room information will be available by end of next week when we expect the program to be complete and posted on the Web.

Professor Norman Stillman of the University of Oklahoma will deliver the keynote address and I will serve as moderator. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Dr. Aviva Ben-Ur
Assistant Professor
Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
Herter Hall, Box 33935
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-3935
(413) 577-0649

3. From: Flori Algrante Charles, NY
Subject: Manuel de Judeo-Espagnol

I found reference to this book on the Internet and contacted the author who referred me to the publisher in Paris. It is not available in the U.S.

Manuel de Judeo-Espagnol
Langue et culture
de Marie-Christine Varol
ISBN 2 911053.38.9

Este libro esta utilizado actualmente por los estudiantes de judeo-espanol del Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Langues) de Paris. Adjunto al libro hay tambien un CDROM.

I was in contact with the publisher, L'Asiatheque by email and they wanted the money in francs which proved quite difficult. I also got the Dictionnaire Francais Judeo Espagnol by Klara Perahya and Elie Perahya.
ISBN 2 911053.37.0 It is a one way dictionary only French to Judeo Espagnol.

The price for the manuel was 220 francs and the dictionary 150 francs. with a service charge to mail of 58 francs. The total came to 428 francs. The total came to about $62 in dollars. I sent $65 since there was going to be a charge by the bank to change the dollars to francs. I got the books with a letter saying the extra $3 covered the bank charges. The books took 3 weeks to arrive..

The address is Langues et Monde
L'asiatheque 11 cite Veron, 75018
Telephone (011-33) 1 42 62 04 00
Fax (011-33) 1 42 62 12 34

contact there Christine Thiollier

email address of author -

I like the fact that the book is set up in a systematic regular beginners language study. There is some French but I would say that this is the best way for someone who needs to learn Ladino. I can read the Ladinokomunita but do not write or speak it yet. The CD is in Ladino and begins with the pronunciation and has stories, poetry and songs. I got the
dictionary also just to help with the French.

Also, Hippocrene Books ,71 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10016 has put out a Ladino-English, English-Ladino Concise Encyclopedic Dictionary by Dr. Eli Kohen & Dahlia Kohen-Gordon publihed this year ISBN 0-7818-0658-5. This book is available at Borders in New York so I assume other stores can get it. Barnes and Noble also said they could get it.

Florie Algranti Charles

4. IVRI-NASWAI Upcoming Events

Sephardi/Mizrahi/Middle Eastern Cultures

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Nov 1-16, 2000

Conference Explores Yemenite Jewish Culture
by Miri Hunter Haruach

The Jews of Greece Celebrated in Rockville
by Elias Messinas

Judith Cohen's "Con Alegría y placeres" Expresses Range of Sephardic Tradition
Staff Report

L.A.'s "Conversations on Roots & Identity" Explores Iranian American Issues
by Teresa Camacho

Style and Semantics of Edward Said
by Richard Kostelanetz

Two Reviews of "Morocco," the New Show at the Jewish Museum
by Habiba Boumlik/Dalia Kandiyoti + Holland Cotter (NY Times)

Sephardic Halakha As an Alternate Paradigm for Authentic Jewish Continuity
by Zvi Zohar

November Calendar


New Assn. of Sephardi/Mizrahi Artists & Writers Int'l.
1033 N. Orlando Ave
Los Angeles CA 90069
(323) 650-3157

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You can make color photocopies right onto the transparencies of anything you wish, keeping copyright laws in mind. KINKOs in our part of the world has self-service photocopy machines that make beautiful transparencies.

Hope this helps!


Perla Sezgin


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