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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - January 12, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Editor: Prof. Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, January 12, 2003 (9 Shevat 5763)
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Index:
1. Note from Editor/Moderator (Ben-Ur)

2. Call for Papers: 13th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies, Sept.
2003 (Pomeroy)

3. New Publications: Bibliographies on Jewish Latin America (Laikin Elkin)

4. Announcement: Ladino Plaque at Auschwitz (Alfassa Marks)

5. Seeking Email Address of Harvey Sukenic (Ben-Ur)

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1. Note from Editor/Moderator (Ben-Ur)

A happy solar New Year to our readers and a special welcome to new
subscribers who have come aboard in the past month.

I have returned from my junior sabbatical in Europe, which means that
the Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List will now resume its
regular publication schedule. We look forward to announcements, book and
conference reviews, and queries relating to academic Sephardi and Mizrahi
Studies. In the next few weeks the Discussion List archives, which have
appeared on the AJS website since last year, will be updated (see
http://www.brandeis.edu/ajs/ under "Partner Societies" in the left hand
column). See you on-line!

Aviva Ben-Ur
Editor/Moderator
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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2. Call for Papers: 13th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies, Sept.
2003 (Pomeroy)

From: Hilary Pomeroy <hilarypomeroy@aol.com>
Date: 9 January 2003

Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary University of London
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London


Thirteenth British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies
Sunday 7 September to Tuesday 9 September 2003
Call for Papers

Our next conference will be held this year in September (three full days)
and will take place at the Hampstead Campus of King’s College London. Our
emphasis will be on Judeo-Spanish language and literature but papers on
related topics are welcome. Although the conference is not limited to
academics, all papers should be the outcome of research that has been
undertaken to academic standards and should not have been presented
elsewhere.

Abstracts should be limited to 200 words (we will not read any abstracts
that exceed this number) and should be received by 8 February. Papers will
be selected by the conference committee. We hope to notify you of our
selection early in March.

Abstracts should be sent by attachment to Hilary Pomeroy at the following
address: hilarypomeroy@aol.com. Would you please supply the following
information on an additional page:

Title (Professor, Dr, etc); Full Name; University and Department; Position;
E-mail Address; Home Telephone Number; Fax Number

We have exclusive use of the Old House currently being used by the London
Jewish Cultural Centre. Accommodation has been reserved on this pleasant
campus and will be available from Thursday 4 September until Wednesday 10
September.

Conference Committee
Professor Alan Deyermond, Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary
University of London
Professor Ralph Penny, Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary University
of London
Dr. Hilary Pomeroy, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University
College London (Chair)
Dr. Ada Rapoport-Albert, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University
College London
Dr. Jane Whetnall, Department of Hispanic Studies, Queen Mary University of
London

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3. New Publications: Bibliographies on Jewish Latin America (Laikin Elkin)

From: <Judith Laikin Elkin> elkinjl@umich.edu
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2003 8:25 AM

Those interested in pursuing Latin American Jewish studies will be
interested to know that I have published two updated bibliographies since
publication of my Annotated Bibliography in 1990. These are to be found at
http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~latam/, choose the link for bibliographies.

Judith Laikin Elkin
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
The University of Michigan
email: elkinjl@umich.edu

Postal address:
3 Southwick Court
Ann Arbor MI 48105
734/996-2880

[ed.: slight edit]

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4. Announcement: Ladino Plaque at Auschwitz (Alfassa Marks)

From: S. Alfassa Marks FASSAC, alfassa@sephardicstudies.org
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 13:11:14 -0500

FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SEPHARDIC STUDIES AND CULTURE
5 Shevat 5763
January 8, 2003

Dear Friends in the Jewish Community,

I am writing to inform you about an historical Sephardic event which will
take place on March 24, 2003, when a commemorative plaque in Judeo Spanish
(Ladino) will finally be unveiled at the Memorial of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 58
years after the end of World War II.

The Memorial had 20 commemorative plaques in 20 different languages. Before
the creation in Paris, France of JEAA (Judéo-Espagnol A Auschwitz) by Prof.
HV Sephiha (president) and Dr M. Azaria (vice-president) there was no plaque
in Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardic Jews. After an international
campaign led by JEAA, the International Auschwitz Council finally agreed to
have a new plaque added to the Memorial.

The primary tool of the campaign was a petition (also called the Salonika
Petition) which gathered support in writing or over the Internet: 17% of all
signatures gathered came from American citizens and endorsement were
received from 12 US organizations.

On March 24, 2003, Jews from France, Belgium, Spain and other countries will
gather at Auschwitz for the unveiling ceremony. Survivors and international
dignitaries will attend. Our beloved Flory Jagoda will sing "arvoles yoran
por luvias".

Clearly, this is an event where members of the American Jewish Community
must be present. In these difficult times, it will be a unique opportunity
for Sephardim and Jews in general to pay a long overdue tribute to their
Sephardic brethren who were also victims of the Shoah.

Those who cannot attend may instead consider making donations to support the
event which will allow a Shoah survivor to attend.

JEAA has chosen the FASSAC to promote and coordinate the travel arrangements
from the USA. Albert Garih, US JEAA representative and myself (the former
JEAA representative in the USA) are teaming up so that many Americans can
join us on this trip. Travel arrangements have been carefully worked out
and our travel agency is competent and friendly. For more details, can I
also suggest visiting our internet site (www.sephardicstudies.org/jeaa.html
<http://www.sephardicstudies.org/jeaa.html> )

Please tell your members about it, printable flyers are attached. We are
confident that concerned members will undoubtedly respond. Time is of the
essence.

Most cordial Shalom,

Shelomo Alfassa
Vice-president
Foundation for the Advancement
of Sephardic Studies and Culture
www.sephardicstudies.org <http://www.sephardicstudies.org>

SEPHARDIC MEMORIAL AT AUSCHWITZ
Join Sephardim from around the world on March 24, 2003 at Krakow, Poland for
the unveiling of a plaque at Auschwitz in Judeo-Spanish and a memorial
service for all Sephardim who were lost in the Shoah.
The Memorial of Auschwitz-Birkenau had 20 commemorative flagstones in 20
different languages. Before the creation in Paris, France of the JEAA
(Judéo-Espagnol A Auschwitz) by Prof. H.V. Sephiha (president) and Dr. M.
Azaria (vice-president) there was no memorial in the language of the
Sephardic Jews, Judeo-Spanish. After more than a year of an international
campaign led by JEAA, a positive outcome was reached with the International
Auschwitz Council and a new plaque was finally added. Members of the Jewish
community and especially Sephardim worldwide need now to gather at
Auschwitz-Birkenau and attend the unveiling ceremony in memory of the
Sephardic Jews who were killed in the Shoah.


At the memorial organized by the JEAA, brief addresses will be given by
several personalities in attendance. Many Polish officials, and political
and diplomatic representatives from many countries will be present as well
as well as survivors and international dignitaries. The following persons
have already confirmed their attendance are: United States: General Consul
from Krakow Madam Siria Lopez; France: Mr. Michel Raineri, Krakow French
General Consul; Spain: Senador Juan José Laborda Martin; A representative of
the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki (Salonika); Beate and Serge Klarsfeld
the formidable anti-nazis militants will both be present; Rabbi Daniel
Farhi, a highly respected community leader of Turkish Sefardi origin who has
been active for many years in the commemoration of the martyrdom of the
French Jews will give the mourning prayers. Flory Jagoda will travel
especially from Washington D. C. and will sing by the new plaque, the
traditional song "arvoles yoran por luvias" a capella as a special tribute
to those Jews from Salonika or the islands who sang the words: "en terras
ajenas no kero morir" or sometimes "en terras de Polonia no kero morir" (in
foreign lands - or in Poland - I do not want to die). The unveiling ceremony
is an integral part of a formal visit of Auschwitz-Birkenau which will take
place for all attendees.
ALL MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
New York – Krakow Poland Roundtrip Air $575.00 (taxes and fees all
included) Call early, prices subject to change. We have arranged discount
prices with the very nice Hotel Novotel Centrum Krakow
FOR MORE INFO: 1-800-256-6228 x03 or 407-281-0824 or for full details see
www.sephardicstudies.org/jeaa.html

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BEING COORDINATED BY S. ALFASSA OF THE
FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SEPHARDIC STUDIES AND CULTURE
Questions about the trip to Poland? Contact Alfassa@sephardicstudies.org
or call 407-282-5465 9am-9pm EST

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5. Seeking Email Address of Harvey Sukenic (Ben-Ur)

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Date: 9 January 2003

Could readers send me updated email address of Harvey Sukenic of Hebrew
College? His email address, Hsukenic@lynx.dac.neu.edu, is no longer
current.

Thank you.

Aviva Ben-Ur

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