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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - Week of December 26, 2004


Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - Week of December 26, 2004

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)>

Week of Sunday, November 14, 2004 (14 Tevet 5765)



1.  Report on Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus at the Association for Jewish Studies (Stillman)

2. Call for Papers: The World History Association International Conference (Schroeter)

3.  New Publication: “The Valero Family: Sephardi-Arab Relations in Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem” (Kark)

4.  New Publication in Judeo-Spanish, to appear in the Turkish weekly “Shalom” (Orgun)

5.  New Publication: *Hebrew Deeds of the Catalan Jews* (Klein)

6.  New Publication: Portuguese and Spanish sermons in *Sephardic Editions* (Simon)

7.  Radio Sefarad: Ladino programming via internet, with index of past programs (Quintana)

8.  Seeking Israeli Scholarship on U.S. Sephardim/Mizrahim (Ben-Ur)


1.  Report on Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus at the Association for Jewish Studies (Stillman)

From:             "Stillman, Norman A." <nstillman(at)>

Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004

     We had an excellent turnout for the Caucus -- some 35-40 in attendance.  Unlike some of the adjacent luncheon meetings, ours was set around a large square of tables, which facilitated conversations beyond the people just next to or opposite one.  The first half hour was spent eating and conversing animatedly.  I then called the Caucus to order and followed this agenda:


1.)  Introductory words about the Caucus and thanks to Aviva Ben-Ur for founding it and being its guiding force till now.


2.)  People in attendance introduced themselves, one by one.


3.)  Discussion of past formats and future directions.  The overwhelming response was for us to not have formal speakers or panels.  Everyone seemed to like the social time during the first half of the Caucus.  The feeling was we were all in panels and hearing formal talks all day.  The change of pace was welcome.  There was widespread agreement that we could use the remaining time for reports and issues of interest for discussion.


4.)   Discussion of how to distinguish the Caucus from the reinstated Sectional Meetings which are designated as the special venue for suggestions and planning of panels for the following year's meeting.  It was generally felt that there was no problem if there was some overlap. This proved wise since only eight people showed up late that day for the Sectional Meeting.   (However, I should note that when I met with the Sectional Heads and Program Committee the next morning, people expressed admiration that so many [sic] came to the Sephardi/Mizrahi Section Meeting.  Apparently, much bigger sections only had two or three show up!)  Several ideas for panels were raised and the discussion continued at the Sectional Meeting with several people volunteering to try and put some panels together.


5.)  Noam Stillman, who had just one month earlier attended the Middle East Studies Association Meeting in San Francisco, raised the issue of the need for Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus members to attend MESA.  Because of the hostile attitude towards Israel, few of our members have gone in recent years, which means that the only ones who give talks on the Sephardi/Mizrahi world are usually people of a very tendentious political bent.  The appearance of some of our scholars would at least provide some sort of balance.    Several of the Caucus members who are also members of MESA talked about possible panels.  


6.)  Daniel Schroeter of UC-Irvine gave a report on the American Institute of Maghrebi Studies symposium in Tangier, Morocco, this past June on “Rethinking Maghrebi Jewish History and Culture.”  He also announced an upcoming conference of the World History Association to be held next June in Ifrane, Morocco, on African and Mediterranean Connections that he believed would be of interest to the Caucus members. [see message #2 below]


Norman A. Stillman

Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History

University of Oklahoma


2. Call for Papers: The World History Association International Conference (Schroeter)

Date:             Wed, 22 Dec 2004

From:             Daniel Schroeter <djschroe(at)

Following the Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus meeting at AJS, I wanted to make the following announcement:

The World History Association International Conference is being held in Ifrane, Morocco, from June 27-29.  The themes of the conference are the Mediterranean and Africa in world history, though other topics are also acceptable.  It has been suggested that there needs to be a panel (if not more than one) on Mizrahim/Sephardim in

Mediterranean and World History, and I was hoping that someone could take the lead in organizing such a panel(s).

This conference provides the opportunity to present work on North African and/or Mediterranean Jewish history to a group of world historians who will in turn be able to include such work in their syllabi, or take it into consideration in research.  Needless to say, this would help bring more attention to our field of study.

Ifrane is located in a beautiful region in northern Morocco in the Middle Atlas Mountains, on the campus of Al-Akhawayn Unviersity, a relatively new English language university.  Tours and trips can be organized before and after the conference.

Information on the conference, including forms for paper proposals can be found in the WHA website:

If you are interested in organizing a panel, or presenting a paper at the WHA conference, please contact me at: djschroe(at)

Daniel J. Schroeter

Professor and Teller Family Chair in Jewish History

Department of History

220 Murray Krieger Hall

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA  92697

(949) 824-3841


3.  New Publication: “The Valero Family: Sephardi-Arab Relations in Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem” (Kark)

From: 'Ruth Kark' mskark(at)

Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon(at)Princeton.EDU>

Mon, 25 Oct 2004

I would like to announce my co-authored on-line paper on the Valero family.  The full citation is:

Kark R. and Glass, J.  "The Valero Family: Sephardi-Arab Relations in Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem", Jerusalem Quarterly Forum 21 (2004): 27-40.

Professor Ruth Kark

Department of Geography

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel

Fax: 972-2-642-7652

Web site:

[edit: slight edit]


4.  New Publication in Judeo-Spanish, to appear in the Turkish weekly “Shalom” (Orgun)

From:             Güler ORGUN gulerorgun(at)

Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004

Karos amigos,

Mos desidimos, kon el semanal Shalom, de publikar 4 ojas en djudeo-espanyol, la primera semana de kada mez.

Es muy probable ke esto sera publikado en tanto ke un suplemento, i ke el primero paso sera echo al empesijo del mes de Febrero.

Karen Gerson Sarhon dirijara esta publikasion i Guler Orgun sera su koordinatrisa.

Esperamos ke vash a aprovecharmos de vuestras kontribusiones. Vos rogamos de transmeterlas direktamente - ansi ke toda demanda de informasiones - a mi adreso de e-mail.

Saludos de Estanbol,

Guler Orgun


5.  New Publication: *Hebrew Deeds of the Catalan Jews* (Klein)

From: Elka Klein <elka(at)>

Date:    Wed, 1 Dec 2004

via:    Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

I am pleased to announce the publication (in Spain) of my *Hebrew Deeds of the Catalan Jews, 1117-1316*. This volume consists of Hebrew transcriptions of eighteen shetarot found in the Capitular archive of Barcelona, plus translation and commentary in both English and Catalan.  The commentary comprises both technical aspects and the social context for each group of shetarot.

The book is being co-published by the Patronat Call de Girona and the Institut d'Estudis Catalans. For those interested in ordering it either for themselves or for your library, I received the following information from Sr. Eduard Feliu of the Institut.

Regarding how to buy the book, I would recommend to contact (in English) either the Servei de Publicacions of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, in Barcelona, at the following e-mail address: publicacions(at), or Portico Libreras, in Zaragoza, at the following e-mail address: concha(at) Both of them are prepared to send the book anywhere in the world. The price of the book is EUR 25 + postage (a bit more than $30 at current exchange rates).

Elka Klein

University of Cincinnati


6.  New Publication: Portuguese and Spanish sermons in *Sephardic Editions* (Simon)

From:             Rachel Simon rsimon(at)Princeton.EDU

Date:             Thu, 02 Dec 2004 08:38:31 -0500

The second installment to *Sephardic Editions* features an extensive selection of Portuguese and Spanish sermons delivered by rabbis and students of the Portuguese congregation, along with eloquent displays of both Jewish learning and Iberian oratory skills, with occasional allusions to contemporary circumstances or events within the Sephardic communities.

For a title list, please visit

for more infomation, please contact: <info(at)>


Phone +31 71 514 27 00

Fax +31 71 513 17 21

E-mail < <mailto:wlindhout(at)>

Internet < <>


7.  Radio Sefarad: Ladino programming via internet, with index of past programs (Quintana)

From: "A.Quintana" msquin(at)

Date: December 24, 2004

Radio Sefarad

Comparta Radio Sefarad con todas sus amistades, reenvíe este mensaje a sus contactos.


      _Programa del Viernes 24 de Diciembre. IR.


      _Sumario ESCUCHAR


      _Noticias ESCUCHAR


      _Música jazz ESCUCHAR


      El klezmer-jazz de Don Byron interpretando la música de Mickey Katz


      _La vida es cine ESCUCHAR


      Sarah Halioua produce a Amos Gitai y… “Finales Felices”


      _Efemérides ESCUCHAR


      Yehoshua nace en Betlehem


      _Agenda cultural ESCUCHAR


      Citas con la música y el arte


      _La Entrevista ESCUCHAR


      La amistad judeo-cristiana de Demetrio Fernández, Obispo de Tarazona


      _Una canción para Shabat ESCUCHAR


      “Ine ma tov”




      _Próximo fin de semana del 25/26 de Diciembre. IR Disponible a partir del sábado.


      _Sumario ESCUCHAR


      _Esta semana ESCUCHAR


      Un resumen de lo acontecido en España y el mundo


      _Ponle notas ESCUCHAR


      Los villancicos más judíos


      _Amistad judeo-cristiana ESCUCHAR


      Mensaje de Navidad del Centro de Estudios judeo-cristiano


      _Efemérides ESCUCHAR


      El filósofo Emmanuel Levinas nos dejó hace nueve años


      _Las hijas de Eva ESCUCHAR


      Macarena Crespo nos traslada al medievo


      _Tohu va bohu ESCUCHAR


      Juventud en movimiento


      _Desde Israel ESCUCHAR


      Piedra Libre, una revista para los judíos latinomericanos


      _Cuento infantil ESCUCHAR


      El burrito Pepe



      _Lo mejor de la semana.


      _ Música klezmer: ADSL MODEM


      La animada Golden Gate Gipsy Orchestra


      _ La Entrevista: ADSL MODEM


      La “Guía judía de Mallorca” de José Fco López Bonet


      _ El Reportaje: ADSL MODEM


      El retorno a Toledo de Lizet Hanoka (1ª parte)


      _ Música moderna: ADSL MODEM


      El rock de Aaron Lewis y su banda Staind


      _ La Entrevista: ADSL MODEM


      Jorge Verstringe, siempre a contracorriente, defiende a Israel


      _Tiempo de Sefarad: ADSL MODEM


      Solly Levy en el país de la haquetía


      _ Efemérides: ADSL MODEM


      Primero, la poesía. Hoy cumple 100 años la letra del Hatikva


      _ Música idish: ADSL MODEM


      Con Yaffa Yarkoni cantamos “En el camino”


      _Informe: ADSL MODEM


      Teatro sobre la Shoah. Himmelweg de Juan Mayorga


      _ ¿Sabía qué…? : ADSL MODEM


      El judaísmo y el transplante de órganos


      _Actos en Directo.


      “La obra rabínica de Maimónides” por el rabino Baruj Garzón, Comunidad Judía de Madrid (28/10/2004): ADSL MODEM


      “Maimónides pensador” por el Catedrático Joaquín Lomba, Comunidad Judía de Madrid (25/10/2004): ADSL MODEM


      “Maimónides médico” por el Dr. Félix Berdugo , Comunidad Judía de Madrid (2/11/2004): ADSL MODEM




      Una de las ventajas de emitir a través de Internet es que usted puede escuchar TODAS las emisiones realizadas tantas veces como quiera. El “archivo” está organizado por meses y días. En el caso de que tenga una idea más clara de su búsqueda  puede utilizar el ”Buscador”, siempre visible en la página. Haga clic para acceder al archivo.



8.  Seeking Israeli Scholarship on U.S. Sephardim/Mizrahim (Ben-Ur)

From: aben-ur(at)

Date: December 27, 2004

I am interested in locating Israeli scholarship, written in Hebrew or other languages, on U.S. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews.  I am already familiar with an article and a book by David Sitton:

"The Sephardic Jewish Communities in the United States"(in Hebrew), in  *BaMa'aracha* 11: 132 (March 1972): 10


*Kehilot ha-Sefaradiyot be-yamenu* (Jerusalem: Council of Sephardi and Oriental Communities, Jerusalem, 1985)

I am particularly interested in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century immigration wave and its descendants, but will welcome all suggestions.  Many thanks in advance.

Aviva Ben-Ur

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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