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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - April 20, 2003

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discuss List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <>
Week of Sunday, April 20, 2003 (18 Nissan 5763; Pesah medianos/hol ha-mo’ed Pesah)


1. Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and Morocco Passes Away (Mosseri)

2. Call for Papers: “The Legacy of Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uzziel” (Zohar)

3. Call for Submissions: Jews of Moroccan Origin (Virtual Publications)

4. New Publication: *The Sultan’s Jew: Morocco and the Sephardi World* (Schroeter)

5. New Publication: *Jewish Russians: Upheavals in a Moscow Synagogue* (Goluboff)

6. New Publication in Ladino: “A Language in Hell: The Use of Judeo-Spanish in the Death Camps” (Santa Puche)

7. New Publication: *The New Iraq: Rebuilding the Country for Its People, the Middle East, and the World* (Braude)

8. Symposium in Montreal on Modern Sephardic Identities, May 25-26 (Coregraph Communications)

9. Winner of the Judaica Reference and Bibliography Book Awards, 2002 (Pearlstein)

10. Electronic book list of Judaica in Spanish and Portuguese (Wyman)

11. Inauguration of Sephardic Memorial Plaque at Auschwitz (Amado Bortnick)

1. Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and Morroco Passes Away (Mosseri)

From: Joseph Mosseri <>
Date: Monday, April 21, 2003 10:54 PM

Apr-13-03 11 Nisan 5763

HaRav Shalom Messas ZT"L

Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem & Morocco

Son of Rabbi Mimoun Messas and Rachel Soudry.

Jerusalem´s Chief Sephardic Rabbi To Be Laid To Rest Today.

Jerusalem´s Chief Rabbi Mashash, 90 - APRIL 13, 2003

Jerusalem's Sephardic Chief Rabbi and Head of the city's Rabbinical Courts,
Rabbi Shalom Mashash, passed away yesterday morning in Jerusalem at the age
of 90. His funeral departed this afternoon from Yeshivat Porat Yosef to the
Har HaMenuchot cemetery, accompanied by many thousands of people.

Rabbi Mashash served as Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi for 25 years. He was a
budding Torah prodigy at a very young age while growing up in Morocco, and
was a leading student of Morocco's Chief Rabbi Yehoshua Berdugo. He was
appointed Chief Rabbi of Casablanca in the year 1949, and later served as
Chief Rabbi of Morocco.

"He was a tremendous genius," Rabbi Eliyahu Aberjil, one of the late Rabbi
Mashash's main students, told Arutz-7 today. "He wrote many books, edited
many others, and has many others in manuscript form." The Rabbi wrote his
first significant scholarly work, "Mizrach Shemesh" at age 17, and his last
work, "V'Cham HaShemesh" on the Five Books of the Torah, was published just
this past week.

In 1978, then-Israeli Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef asked Rabbi Mashash to come
to Jerusalem and become its chief Sephardic rabbinic authority. When he
departed for Israel, Rabbi Mashash was escorted to the airport by Morocco's
King Hassan himself, who requested that the Rabbi bless him one last time
before his departure, and that it be his last act on Moroccan soil.

The Rabbi's son, Rabbi David Mashash, is currently the Chief Rabbi of Paris.

Rav Mashash is said to have been clear of mind up to his last moments. "I
was with him on Thursday night," Rabbi Aberjil said, "discussing with him a
serious matter of Jewish Law that had come up; he studied it til late in the
night and agreed to sign the ruling that I had issued. He was very exact in
preserving Sephardic customs. He would work full days and nights to try to
find a Halakhic [Jewish legal] way to solve the problem of an agunah or a
psul-chitun [people who are Halakhically forbidden from marrying], saying
that he would do this for his sister, so why not for someone else? ... It's
a tremendous loss; there can be no replacement for him."
_ _ _

( Chief Rabbi Shalom Messas, the late Sephardic Chief Rabbi of
Jerusalem, will be laid to rest this afternoon in Jerusalem's Har Menuchot
cemetery. The funeral procession will begin at 2:00pm from Jerusalem's
Yeshivat Porat Yosef. Rabbi Messas died on the Sabbath.
_ _ _

Haham Shalom Messas, Jerusalem's chief Sephardi rabbi, 90
By Yair Sheleg, Haaretz Correspondent

Haham Shalom Messas, Morocco's retired Chief Rabbi and Jerusalem's Sephardi
Chief Rabbi for the past 25 years, died Saturday night at the age of 90.

Haham Messas was born in Maknes, Morocco, and for many years served as the
head of the rabbinical court in Casablanca. After retiring, he immigrated to
Israel to serve as chief Jerusalem rabbi, like his cousin Haham Yosef
Messas, who served as Haifa's chief rabbi after retiring in Morocco.

Sephardi halakhic ruling specialist, Dr. Zvi Zohar of Bar-Ilan University,
said Messas' main claim to fame came when he clashed with then chief Israel
rabbi Obadiah Yosef about preserving the customs of Morocco's Jews in

Yosef's halakhic said the customs of Israel should take precedence over all
the customs of the countries of origin. This was in keeping with the rulings
of Rabbi Yosef Caro, author of Shulhan Aruch - the book laying the
foundations to the halakha world in the past 400 years - who lived in Safed
in the 16th century.

Haham Messas was among the few Sephardi rabbis who dared dispute Rabbi
Obadiah Yosef and staunchly defended the independent customs of Morocco's
Jewry. He also supported publishing prayer books in their original Moroccan
version. His death further reduces the meager halakhic opposition to Rabbi
Yosef among the Sephardi Rabbinic deciders.
2. Call for Papers: “The Legacy of Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uzziel” (Zohar)

From: Zvi Zohar <>
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003 4:33 PM

April 2003 Call for Papers

The Legacy of Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uzziel
Halakha, Jewish Thought, Zionism and Public Leadership

Rabbi Benzion Meir Hai Uzziel (1880-1953) was one of the most original and independent rabbis of the 20th century.

Scion of an ‘aristocratic’ Sephardic family, he was born and educated in the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. He served as chief rabbi of Jaffa, Salonica and Tel Aviv, and (from 1939) as ‘Rishon LeTsiyyon’, Sephardic Chief rabbi of the Holy Land. In this capacity, he also served as chief rabbi of the State of Israel from 1948 until his decease.

He combined traditional Sephardic rabbinic learning with openness to the contemporary world of his time, and was involved in both halakhic and ideational writing and in public, communal and Zionist leadership. His written legacy includes eight volumes of response Mishpetei Uzziel, monographs on halakhic topics, works on Jewish Thought, tens of articles in journals and newspapers, judicial rulings, taqqanot [halakhic enactments], speeches,

In the late summer of 2003, a half century will have passed since his decease. Bar Ilan University (the Faculty of law and the Faculty of Jewish Studies) and the Shalom Hartman Institute have decided to convene an International conference devoted to

New Research in the Legacy and Life of Rabbi Uzziel:
Halakha, Jewish Thought, Zionism and Public Leadership

The conference is scheduled for October 22-23 2003.

Scholars are invited to submit topics for presentation at the conference
by May 15, 2003 to
3. Call for Submissions: Jews of Moroccan Origin (Virtual Publications)

From: virtual publications <>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Monday, March 31, 2003 8:09 AM

Call for submissions

Profiles of creation are an initiative of Marc Eliany geared to facilitate access to creators and communication among them.

The first project sponsored as early as 1992 by Marc Eliany resulted in the publication of a biographical dictionary in French in 2001:

Dictionnaire Biographique du Monde Juif Sépharade et Méditerranéen
Joseph Levy, Josué Elkouby, Marc Eliany Editions Elysée 2001(c)

Virtual Publications published a web French edition 2003 (c) <>

This edition is open to updating and links to private websites. Multi-lingual submissions are encouraged

Virtual Publications established a “Profiles of creation” website to provide a setting for cooperative creation and networking for Jews of Moroccan heritage. Expansion to other groups is not excluded and is likely to follow; Please feel free to submit your profile regardless of your background. The proposed website will be based on open-ended submission from any interested party based on self-regulation principles.

Profiles of creation will be developed on an incremental basis, one step at a time, with an aim for gradual improvement. We intend to start with modest profile abstracts, move to detailed profiles and then focus on publication of abstracts and links to publications as well as personal and organizational websites.

Profile Abstract (Send us via email a brief CV about half a page.)
Detailed Profile (Send us your detailed CV via email; hard copies will not be processes)
Publications abstracts (Send us your publications abstracts)
Research questionnaire (visit our website <> )

Our research questionnaire is made of modules to ease completion and to pace the response burden we place on you. Whenever you have some free time, please complete one or two modules).

We urge targeted candidates and published members to forward our call for submissions to friends and colleagues. We rely on a snowball methodology to make headways. Your recommendations, your judgment and your networks will contribute to the success of this collaborative effort.

Looking forward to your submissions.
Website: <> email:

Virtual Publications
1-819-428-7888 <>

Please visit us at: <> <>
4. New Publication: *The Sultan’s Jew: Morocco and the Sephardi World* (Schroeter)

From: Daniel Schroeter <>
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2003 1:03 PM

The Sultan's Jew
Morocco and the Sephardi World
Daniel J. Schroeter

This pathbreaking study uses the extraordinary life of Meir Macnin, a prosperous Jewish merchant, as a lens for examining the Jewish community of Morocco and its relationship to the Sephardi world in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Macnin, a member of one of the most prominent Jewish families in Marrakesh, became the most important merchant for the sultans who ruled Morocco, and was their chief intermediary between Morocco and Europe. He lived in London for about twenty years, and then shuttled between Morocco and England for fifteen years until his death in 1835.

This book challenges accepted views of Muslim-Jewish relations by emphasizing the ambivalence in the relationship. It shows how elite Jews maneuvered themselves into important positions in the Moroccan state by linking themselves to politically powerful Muslims and by establishing key positions in networks of trade. The elite Jews of Morocco were also part of a wider Sephardi world that transcended national boundaries. However, Macnin remained more connected to Morocco, where Jews were, according to Islamic law, protégés of the ruler and still subject to specific legal disabilities. The early-nineteenth-century sultan Mawlay Sulayman confined Jews in a number of Moroccan cities to newly created Jewish quarters as part of a policy of defining boundaries between Muslims and Jews. Yet Macnin remained closely tied to royal power, and in 1822 he became the principal intermediary between Morocco and the European powers for Mawlay Sulayman's successor, Mawlay 'Abd al-Rahman.

At the beginning of the period covered in this book, Meir Macnin belonged to a wide, transnational Sephardi world, and moved easily between Morocco and Europe. By the end of his life, however, this Sephardi diaspora had virtually come to an end. Emancipation in Western Europe and the growing identification of European Jews with the nations in which they lived meant that their affinity to their Sephardi heritage no longer transcended their national attachments. The gap between Moroccan and European Jewry grew, and a new kind of division-between "Western" and "Oriental" Jews-now existed within the Jewish world.

Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture

264 pages, 15 illustrations, 2002,
ISBN 0804737770 cloth

For more information see the Stanford web site
5. New Publication: *Jewish Russians: Upheavals in a Moscow Synagogue* (Goluboff)

From: Sascha Goluboff <>
Date: Friday, April 4, 2003 2:56 PM

Sascha L. Goluboff
University of Pennsylvania Press

The prevalence of anti-Semitism in Russia is well known, but the issue of race within the Jewish community has rarely been discussed explicitly. Combining ethnography with archival research, Jewish Russians: Upheavals in a Moscow Synagogue documents the changing face of the historically dominant Russian Jewish community in the mid-1990s.
Sascha Goluboff focuses on a Moscow synagogue, now comprising individuals from radically different cultures and backgrounds, as a nexus from which to explore issues of identity creation and negotiation. Following the rapid rise of this transnational congregation--headed by a Western rabbi and consisting of Jews from Georgia and the mountains of Azerbaijan and Dagestan, along with Bukharan Jews from Central Asia--she evaluates the process that created this diverse gathering and offers an intimate sense of individual interactions in the context of the synagogue's congregation.

Challenging earlier research claims that Russian and Jewish identities are mutually exclusive, Goluboff illustrates how post-Soviet Jews use Russian and Jewish ethnic labels and racial categories to describe themselves. Jews at the synagogue were constantly engaged in often
contradictory but always culturally meaningful processes of identity formation. Ambivalent about emerging class distinctions, Georgian, Russian, Mountain, and Bukharan Jews evaluated one another based on each group's supposed success or failure in the new market economy. Goluboff argues that post-Soviet Jewry is based on perceived racial, class, and ethnic differences as they emerge within discourses of belonging to the Jewish people and the new Russian nation.

Sascha L. Goluboff teaches cultural anthropology at Washington and Lee University.

Dr. Sascha L. Goluboff
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8807 (phone)
(540) 458-8498 (fax)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6. New Publication in Ladino: “A Language in Hell: The Use of Judeo-Spanish in the Death Camps” (Santa Puche)

From: salsan <>
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 7:09 PM

Keridos amigos,

Vos kero anunsiar ke aparesio mi artikolo entitolado 'Una lingua en el
inferno: el uzo del djudeo-espanyol en los kampos de la muerte', en la
revista elektronika de la Universidad de Murcia.
Si alguno estash enteresados en meldarlo, su adreso es:

Solo devesh azer 'klick' en 'estudios' i lo podresh topar.

Shalom kon berahot,

Dr. SANTA PUCHE, Salvador
Tf: 968-792197
Fax: 968-752131

[edit: slight edit]
7. New Publication: *The New Iraq: Rebuilding the Country for Its People, the Middle East, and the World* (Braude)

What follows is the link to this book's page on, as well as a book
summary. See also the author’s Web site, The author would welcome readers’ feedback.

Book Summary

In the minds of many Americans Iraq is synonymous with Saddam Hussein, an
impression only reinforced by politicians, journalists, and pundits. But the
debates over Saddam's regime have left out a vital piece of the story: the
Iraqi people themselves. After three decades under Saddam's repressive rule,
the question of "what comes next?" is an urgent one -- and one that the
American public needs to know more about. In The New Iraq, Joseph Braude
tells the story of a country in flux, from memories of its distant past to
the painful realities of life today, and explains how a global commitment to
Iraq's renewal wil benefit everyone who takes part in the emerging project of

The New Iraq's riveting portrayal of Iraqi society -- from its preachers and
wealthy elites to its prostitutes and disaffected majorities -- sheds light
on a world unknown to Westerners due to the country's decade-long international isolation. Major wars, thirteen years of sanctions, and the domestic legacy of a police state have all combined to preserve and reinforce an old culture with attitudes and skill sets that other traditional societies would be hard pressed to match.

In The New Iraq, Joseph Braude draws upon his deep knowledge of the country's
history and people to show how a viable Iraqi economy can liberate its
society and in some ways transform the Middle East. Confronting the challenges that lie ahead, Braude outlines the transition and transformation of Iraq's political system; the reengineering of its worn-out military into an army of nation-building; the promotion of religious tolerance; business opportunities that the country's reconstruction will open up; and the revitalization of its entertainment industry, media, and educational and legal systems.

Impressively researched and cogently argued, The New Iraq challenges all of
us, from many walks of life, to help reintegrate Iraq into the world
community. The recipe for a prosperous new Iraq will marry the external
demands of the global marketplace with an internal reappropriation of the
unique attributes of Iraqi civilization.

The book covers the prominence of Iraq's Jewish community into the early twentieth century. That is only one portion of the book's historical coverage, but it is prominent.

Joseph Braude hails from a Baghdadi Jewish family on his mother's side, the Aslans. His great-great grandfather, Hakham Abraham Aslan, was Hakham Bashi in the 1930s. After studying Near Eastern Languages at Yale and Arabic and Islamic Studies at Princeton, he has spent much of the last several years in the Arab Middle East, as a consultant in the private sector. His book is the result of interviews with hundreds of Iraqi refugees in border areas in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Jordan; conversations with officials of the former Iraqi government; and a great deal of historical and economic research.

Joseph Braude
Senior Analyst, Middle East
Pyramid Research (
58 Charles Street
Cambridge MA 02141
Tel: +1 617 494 1515
Fax: +1 617 494 8898

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: edited slightly with permission of author]
8. Symposium in Montreal on Modern Sephardic Identities, May 25-26 (Coregraph Communications)

From: Coregraph communications <>
Date: Monday, April 7, 2003 8:00 PM

This Symposium, which will take place in Montreal, May 25th and 26th at Concordia University, is on Sephardic Identities and Modernity. This event is organized by the Sephardic Cultural Institute of Montreal. Do not hesitate to contact me for further information on this international event. You can also visit our website at:
25-26 mai 2003

JOUR 1 : le 25 mai 2003.

Session 1 :
Marranes, mémoires juives en Espagne
Heure : 9h45 à 11h15

- Judah Castiel (Institut de la Culture Sépharade, Montréal) – modérateur
- Antoinette Molinié (Université Paris 10, France), «Un rite de mémoire juive en Espagne contemporaine : la fête-Dieu de Camunas»
- Ignaki Olazabal et Joseph Lévy (UQAM, Montréal, Canada)
- Lionel Ifrah (Université de Versailles-St Quentin-en-Yvelines, France), «Menasseh ben Israel, porte-parole du judaïsme européen»
- Pierre Lasry (Montréal, Canada)

Session 2 : Culture et transmissions orales
Heure : 9h45 à 11h15

- Joseph Gabay (Congrès juif canadien) - modérateur
- Oro Librowicz (Université de Montréal, Canada), «Signes d’identité du romancero séphardi»
- Issachar Benami (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), « Rites et croyances de la culture traditionnelle dans la société moderne»
- Reginetta Haboucha (FIT, New York, USA), «Judeo-Spanish Oral Narratives: Textual Multilingualism and the Translation Process»
- Solly Lévy (Toronto, Canada), «Transmission orale»

Plénière d’ouverture: L’humanisme marrane de Michel de Montaigne
Sophie Jama (Université de Nice, France)
Heure : de 11h30 à 12h15

Session 3 : Migrations sépharades et modernité
Heure :14h15 à 16h15

- Claude Tapia (Université de Tours, France), « Mutations culturelles, idéologiques et modes d’adaptation»
- Jean-Luc Bédard (Montréal, Canada), «Tangentes identitaires et retructuration de soi et des autres parmi les judéo-marocains à Montréal»
- Morton Weinfeld (Mc Gill University, Canada), «Sociological Reflections on the Sephardic Diaspora in Canada»
- Norma Joseph (Concordia University, Canada)

Session 4 : Sentiment religieux et identité
Heure : 14h15 à 16h15

- Rabbin Moïse Ohana - modérateur
- Armand Abécassis (Université de Bordeaux, France), «Le retour du religieux:
renouvellement ou fermeture ?»
- Baruj Garzon (Sephardic Educational Center, Espagne et Israel), «La Cabbale de Safed : une révolution sépharade»
- Julien Bauer (UQAM, Montréal, Canada), « Les relations ashkenaz-sepharad: la religion entre démographie et politique»

Session 5 : L’apport des femmes sépharades
Heure : 16h30 à 18h

- Maryse Ohayon (Montréal, Canada), modératrice
- Annie Goldman (Paris, France), «La femme sépharade: transmission et modernité»
- Arlette Berdugo (Paris, France)
- Isaac Jack Lévy et Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt (University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College, USA), «Las melezinas de la kaza : medecines for the soul»

Présentation multimédia : présentation d’un CD-ROM sur les Sépharades du Maroc par les professeurs Joseph Lévy et Yolande Cohen, récital de chants sépharades par Judith et Tamar Cohen, contes sépharades par Oro Librowicz
Heure : 18h

JOUR 2 : le 26 mai 2003.

Session 6 :
Musiques sépharades : du sacré au profane
Heure : 9h à 10h30

- Rabbin Moshe Nahon (Montréal)- modérateur
- Dinah Sabbah (Montréal, Canada) - «Birkat Cohanim, la bénédiction pontificale dans la tradition juive marocaine»
- Avi Amzallag (Haifa University, Israel), «Contemporary Creativity Drawn from Moroccan Jewish Classical Tradition»
- Judith Cohen (York University, Toronto, Canada), «Judeo-Spanish songs return to Iberia : Sephardic, Crypto-Jewish, ‘Folk’ and Constructed Jewish Contexts»

Session 4 : Métropoles sépharades
Heure : 9h à 10h30

- Suzanne Gilson Miller (Harvard University, USA), «The Mediterranean Jewish Quarter and Its Architectural Legacy»
- Abraham Haim (Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Israel), «La Comunidad Sefardi de Jerusalem en los siglos IXX-XX : Continuedad y Cambio»
- Pierre Anctil (Montréal, Canada), «Apparition et signification du paradigme sépharade à Montréal»
- Marine Royet (Université Lyon 2, France), «Les juifs bulgares de Plovdiv»

Plénière : El componente hispanico de la identidad sefardi
Jacob Hassan (Instituto de Filologia, CSIC, Madrid, Espagne)
Heure : de 10h45 à 11h30

Session 8 : Pensée sépharade
Heure : de 11h30 à 13h

- David Bensoussan (Montréal), modérateur
- Gad Soussana (UQAM, Montréal, Canada)
- Jaime Benabou (Ecole Maïmonide, Montréal, Canada)
- Patrick Petit Ohayon (Revue Hamoré, Paris, France), «Les défis de l’éducation identitaire en France»

Session 9 : Littératures sépharades
Heure : de 11h30 à 13h

- Yael Halevi-Wise (Université Mc Gill, Canada), «The Sephardic Motif in World Literature »
- Nelly Roffe (Académie de Roberval, Montréal, Canada), «L’exil dans la littérature sépharade»
- Rosa Asenjo (Université de Montréal, Canada), «Langue et modernité dans la littérature sépharade de la fin du 19e siècle»
- Naim Kattan (Montréal, Canada), «Les écrivains sépharades d’hier et d’aujourd’hui»

Session 10 : Thèmes sépharades dans l’art contemporain
Heure : 14h30 à 16h

- Olga Hazan (UQAM, Montréal, Canada), «La morphologie du sacré, de l’incarnation à l’infiguration»
- Haim Shiran (Inbal Dance, Israel), «Culture sépharade et spiritualité juive dans les films de Haïm Shiran»
- Serge Ouaknine (UQAM, Montréal, Canada), « De la catastrophe à la rédemption : l’histoire sefardi à la rencontre de la modernité»

Session 11 (Table ronde) : Engagement et politique communautaire
Heure : de 14h30 à 16h30

- Nissim Gaon (Fédération sépharade mondiale, Suisse) – président d’honneur
- Joseph Benarrosh (Montréal), modérateur
- Liliane Shalom (New York, E-U)
- Shlomo Malka (Radio communautaire juive, Paris)
- Serge Berdugo (Conseil des communautés juives du Maroc, Maroc)
- Jean-Claude Lasry (Université de Montréal, Canada)
- Yehouda Shenhav (Université de Tel Aviv, Israel)

Session de clôture du colloque de 16h30 à 17h30

Soirée culturelle
: L’Oratorio du Roi David, une production d’Eyal Bitton
Heure : 20h
Salle : Oscar Peterson, campus Loyola

JOUR 3 : Mardi 27 mai 2003

Visite des institutions communautaires
Heure : 9h
Lieu : départ à la Fédération CJA
- Visite de la CSQ
- Visite de la Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, président Elie Lévy

Visite du Musée de l’Holocauste
Heure : 11h
Lieu : Musée de l’Holocauste, campus juif

Session 12
Education juive et sioniste : enjeux et pédagogie
: 15h
Lieu : École Maïmonide

Rencontre avec les directeurs et professeurs des écoles juives
Heure : 18 h
Lieu : École Maïmonide

Soirée de musique sépharade et andalouse avec Samy Elmaghribi
Heure : 20h
Lieu : Théâtre Outremont
9. Winner of the Judaica Reference and Bibliography Book Awards, 2002 (Pearlstein)

From: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Via: Peggy K Pearlstein <>
Date: Monday, April 7, 2003 8:43 AM

April 4, 2002

The Research and Special Libraries Division of the Association of Jewish
Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of its Judaica Reference and
Bibliography Book Awards for 2002.

These awards, underwritten respectively by Dr. Greta Silver of New York
City and Mr. Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, will be presented at the
banquet at the 38th Annual Convention of the Association, which will take
place on Tuesday evening, June 17th, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto,

On behalf of the members of the Association of Jewish Libraries we
congratulate the winners on their valuable contribution to the field of
Judaica reference and bibliography and thank the sponsors for their kind
generosity and support. We hope that all will be able to join us in person
at the awards ceremony.

Winners of this year's awards are:

1) Reference Book Award

Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World,
by Dr. Jeffrey S. Malka. Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2002.

This is the first guide to researching Sephardic ancestry. From 12th
century Spanish notarial records to archives in repositories in more than a
dozen countries, Dr. Jeffrey S. Malka guides readers in researching their
Sephardic ancestry. The author discusses the historical background of the
Sephardim and traces various diasporas in places as distant from each other
as Sudan in Africa to St. Croix in the Caribbean. An etymology of selected
Sephardic surnames and an index to family names enhance this new reference

Dr. Malka, a retired orthopedic surgeon, is descended from a long line of
rabbis. His grandfather was chief rabbi of Sudan from 1906 to 1949. Dr.
Malka is the author of the award-winning website, Resources for Sephardic
Geneology, created in 2001 by JewishGen, the Internet site for Jewish
Genealogy. He has also developed and continues to enhance the SefardSIG
and KahalLinks website sections of JewishGen. Dr. Malka has written for
Etsi (Revue de Genealogie et dHistoire Sefarades) and has authored several
articles in the forthcoming Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy.

[blurb on other winner is snipped since it’s irrelevant to the List.]

Members of the R&S Judaica Reference and Bibliography Book Awards Committee:

Aviva Astrinsky (YIVO), Veronica Belling (University of Cape Town), Julia
Bock (Museum of Jewish Heritage), Yisrael Dubitsky (Jewish Theological
Seminary of America), Seth Jerchower (University of Pennsylvania), Nancy
Pressman Levy (Princeton University), Peggy K. Pearlstein (Library of
Congress), Rita Saccal (Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer).
10. Electronic book list of Judaica in Spanish and Portuguese (Wyman)

From: <>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>
Date: Monday, April 7, 2003 8:43 AM
Judaica in Spanish & Portuguese

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest electronic book list:

Judaica in Spanish & Portuguese, with additional items in English and
Yiddish concerning Jewish life in Latin America (234 items).

This list is available online via our website,

Please let us know what is of interest.


Dan Wyman, Books
47 Dartmouth St. Springfield, MA 01109 USA ph: 413.846.6357 e-fax: 208.567.8926
>>> We Find Good Homes For Nice Jewish Books <<<
11. Inauguration of Sephardic Memorial Plaque at Auschwitz (Amado Bortnick)

Date: Monday, April 21, 2003 12:34 PM

I did send it to Dallas Jewish Week; I hope they will print it. The Dallas
Holocaust Center will also publish a slightly different version of it.
To see pictures, go to:

Rachel Amado Bortnick

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