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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - March 25, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discuss List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur@judnea.umass.edu>
Week of Sunday, March 23, 2003 (19 VeAdar 5763)

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Index:
1. Passing of Walter Zenner (Raider)

2. Passing of Walter Zenner (Roumani-Denn)

3. Passing of Walter Zenner (Sarna)

4. New Publication: *The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times* (Reguer and Simon)

5. New Publication: *Pray Tell* (Paloma)

6. Announcement: Wealth of Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Uncovered in Spain (unknown news source)

7. New York Times article on Iraqi Jews in New York (Roumani-Denn)

8. Announcement: Microfilms of Turkish Jewish marriage records to be purchased for the American Sephardi Federation’s library (Roumani-Denn)

9. American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House National Convention (Roumani-Denn)

10. Lecture at Florida International University: “Sephardim and Black Africans” (Zohar)

11. Query: Seeking Contact information for Dina Dahbany-Miraglia (Ben-Ur)

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1. Passing of Walter Zenner (Raider)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus List expresses its deep sadness over the loss of our colleague and friend, Dr. Walter Zenner. Our condolences to family and friends.]

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Prof.
Walter P. Zenner. Dr. Zenner died at home in Albany, NY on Tuesday, March 18
after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. He was a devoted affiliate
faculty member of the Judaic Studies Department at UAlbany and a
distinguished anthropologist whose profound impact on Jewish studies will
continue to shape the field for years to come.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Linda Zenner and family at 92
Lenox Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

An obituary appeared in the Times Union on March 19.

May his memory be a blessing and inspiration. Barukh dayan emet.

Mark A. Raider, Ph.D.
Chair, Judaic Studies Department
Director, Center for Jewish Studies
University at Albany
Humanities 355
Albany, NY 12222

tel 518/442-8039
fax 518/442-4136
www.albany.edu/jewishstudies

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2. Passing of Walter Zenner (Roumani-Denn)

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 16:38:52 -0500
From: Vivienne Roumani-Denn <vroumani@asf.cjh.org>

With deep regret we inform you that Dr. Walter Zenner died on Monday,
March 17, 2003. In addition to his vast contributions he was also a member
of the American Sephardi Federation Academic Council and donated his
research files on his work on the Syrian community to ASF. His work is
cataloged and accessible from
<http://www.cjh.org/academic/findingaids/asf/ncprc/zennerpapersf.html.>
http://www.cjh.org/academic/findingaids/asf/ncprc/zennerpapersf.html.
His memory will live on.

Vivienne Roumani-Denn
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3. Passing of Walter Zenner (Sarna)

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 17:02:17 -0500
From: Jonathan D. Sarna <sarna@brandeis.edu>
Via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod@oise.utoronto.ca>

I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Prof. Walter Zenner of
the University of Albany. An anthropologist by training, Prof. Zenner
published widely on subjects ranging from Jews in Arab lands,
particularly the Jews of Aleppo, to the American Jewish experience. He
also published a cross-cultural analysis of "middle-man minorities," a
concept that he did much to further. Prof. Zenner was active both
locally and nationally in the field of Jewish Studies and was beloved by
students. May his memory be for a blessing.

Jonathan D. Sarna

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4. New Publication: *The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times* (Reguer and Simon)

From: Sara Reguer <SReguer@brooklyn.cuny.edu> and Reeva Simon <rss5@columbia.edu>
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 10:37 AM

New publication (finally out) "The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times" edited by Reeva Spector Simon, Michael Menahem Laskier, Sara Reguer. Columbia University Press, 2003. The book includes a CD of Sephardic and Middle Eastern music.

Sara Reguer and Reeva Simon
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5. New Publication: *Pray Tell* (Paloma)

From: Vanessa Paloma <cantos@vanessapaloma.com>
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2003 5:21 PM
JUST LAUNCHED!

Singer Vanessa Paloma co-authored part of Hadassah's new book "Pray
Tell" on women's prayer.

This book is an indispensable companion for anyone who is interested in
learning more about traditional and non-traditional forms of prayer and
women's prayer in Judaism.
Its two different sections are:

1. A direct guide through the Siddur (prayerbook) and
2. Modern trends in women's prayer (which includes Israeli secular
poets' prayers, Orthodox women's prayers, women's prayers in the
vernacular throughout history and prayer responses to evil)

Ms. Paloma's contribution is on Ladino women's prayers.

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6. Announcement: Wealth of Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Uncovered in Spain (unknown news source)

From: unknown news source
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>

**Wealth of Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Uncovered in Northeastern Spain

A Spanish historical archive has found what may constitute the largest
collection of ancient Hebrew manuscripts in Europe by discovering fragments of medieval texts stuffed inside the covers of books, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. Josep Matas, director of the Provincial Historic Archive of the northeastern town of Girona said, "it's too early to say just yet as we're not
sure how many there are but it could be the most important in Europe."

Girona - the town where the documents were found - was one of the most important Jewish population centers in Spain prior to the expulsion of all non-Catholics in 1492 by the Catholic kings Isabel and Ferdinand. Matas believes the town once had some 700 Jews. Matas said the first manuscript fragment was found several years ago but archive personnel thought it was a one-off discovery. He said recent investigations unveiled up to a thousand document fragments hidden in the covers of books and the archive believes there could be many more. The books, mostly Girona provincial notarial works, are important in themselves but the material in their covers could be of much
greater historical value, he added. Matas said the fragments studied and restored so far included texts from the Book of Genesis and the Torah as well as marriage and business contracts. The Hebrew documents are most likely remnants of what Jewish families left behind when they fled.
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7. New York Times article on Iraqi Jews in New York (Roumani-Denn)

From: Vivienne Roumani-Denn <vroumani@asf.cjh.org>
Date: Monday, March 17, 2003 5:32 PM

The American Sephardi Federation organized a discussion among five Iraqi Jews with the New York Times City section writer Erika Kinetz. Ms. Kinetz is writing a story on Iraqi Jewish immigration to New York City. The interview was held on the 6th floor Conference Room. The article can be accessed for a limited time at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/23/nyregion/23ctyFEAT.html?ex=1049518141&ei=1&en=7d9f230646a2dad5

Vivienne Roumani-Denn

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8. Announcement: Microfilms of Turkish Jewish marriage records to be purchased for the American Sephardi Federation’s library (Roumani-Denn)

From: Vivienne Roumani-Denn <vroumani@asf.cjh.org>
Date: Monday, March 17, 2003 5:32 PM

The Jewish Genealogical Society granted the ASF Library $1,300 toward the acquisition of microfilms of 20,000 Turkish marriage records, each identifying groom, bride, and father of each, thus a total of about 80,000 names. The grant will also partially pay for the translation of an original manuscript on the origin of Libyan Jewish names.
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9. American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House National Convention (Roumani-Denn)

From: Vivienne Roumani-Denn <vroumani@asf.cjh.org>
Date: Monday, March 17, 2003 5:32 PM
 
National Convention, Labor Day Weekend. At Indian Lakes Resort, just outside Chicago, IL: http://www.indianlakesresort.com
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10. Lecture at Florida International University: “Sephardim and Black Africans” (Zohar)

From: zion zohar <zohar@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 4:56 PM


Florida International University, the Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, the President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry, and Yovel Present:

“Sephardim and Black Africans: How Two Early Modern Minorities Saw One Another”

By: Prof. Jonathan Schorsch
Department of History, Emory University Atlanta, GA

At: FIU’s North Campus, Wolf University Center, Room 155
Monday, March 31th at 7:30pm

In this lecture Dr. Schorsch will explore the relations and mutual imagining of Sephardic Jews and Black Africans during the era of European colonial expansion. He will address the following questions: What do primary sources tell us about relations between Blacks and Sephardim? What do Jewish sources, textual and archival, convey about Blacks? What does the halakhah, the Jewish legal tradition, say about slavery and behavior toward slaves? Dr. Schorsch will examine documentary sources that provide insight into the attractions and conflicts between some Sephardim and Blacks as well as shed light on how Sephardic Jews handled their ambiguous status as both outsiders (religiously) and insiders (racially and culturally as Whites).

JONATHAN SCHORSCH (PhD, University of California-Berkeley) is a historian specializing in the history and culture of the Jews in the early modern world. His first book, *Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World: A Cultural History*, is being published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. In addition to essays treating aspects of the same topic, he has published articles on the chuetas of Mallorca. Schorsch currently teaches the history of the Portuguese Atlantic world at Emory University.

The lecture is free and open to the public! For more information, call Dr. Zion Zohar, from the President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic & Oriental Jewry, at: (305) 919-5610 or by email Zoharz@fiu.edu
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11. Query: Seeking Contact information for Dina Dahbany-Miraglia (Ben-Ur)

I am seeking contact information (preferably an email address) for Prof. Dina Dahbany-Miraglia, scholar of Yemeni Jewry. Queensborough Community College does not list her contact information on their departmental website and a google search also failed to turn up her email address.

Thank you in advance.

Aviva Ben-Ur
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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