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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - Week of September 25, 2005

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, September 25, 2005 (21 Elul 5765)




1. Sephardim in the Holocaust: Occasional Papers Available from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Academic Publications Branch)

2. New Publication: *Matches,* a Novel about Israeli  Soldiers and Israeli Society (Kaufman)

3. Job Opportunity: European Jewish History (Liebersohn)

4. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Arab American Studies (Abdulhadi)

5. Fellowship: Opportunities Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2006-2007 (Yavnai)

6. Fellowship Opportunity: Hazel D. Cole Fellowship (Paxton)

7. Fellowship Opportunity: Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Fellowship (CAORC)

8. Scholarship for Israel Studies (American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

9. Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant for Junior Scholars at the AJS (Olins)

10. Call for Papers: Theater and Jewish Studies/ Teatro y cultura hebrea (Maestro)

11. Call for Papers: 2006 New York Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Tagger)

12. Call for Papers: the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (Heller)

13. Call for Papers: Medieval Inventions: the Hospital (Noakes)

14. Sephardic Documentary: “The Optimists” Coming to NYC in October (Comforty)

15. The Ketubot of Mogador - Tuesday September 27, 2005 (Berg)

16. Indian Jewish Congregation of USA (Daniel)


1. Sephardim in the Holocaust: Occasional Papers Available from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Academic Publications Branch)

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Center-Published Occasional Papers

In furtherance of its promotion of Holocaust studies, including the timely dissemination of scholarly output to researchers and the general public, the Center supplements its book and journal publishing program with a series of working or occasional papers. A complete list of the papers is available on the Museum's Web site at

The most recent occasional papers include:

Vicki Caron, "The Path to Vichy: Antisemitism in France in the 1930s," based on the 2005 J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Lecture.

Aron Rodrigue, "Sephardim and the Holocaust," based on the 2004 Ina Levine Annual Lecture.

Single copies of occasional papers may be obtained by addressing a request to the Academic Publications Branch of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126.


2. New Publication: *Matches,* a Novel about Israeli  Soldiers and Israeli Society (Kaufman)

Date: Fri., 02 Sep 2005

From: <Akpoem2(at)>

I am writing to inform you of my forthcoming novel, *Matches* which is due out this October 24 from Little, Brown and Company.  It is, I believe, the first full-length American novel to portray Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I am an American Jew who has served in the IDF. Below is a quote from a review in *Publishers Weekly* and other information. 

With warm regards,

Alan Kaufman


Author’s novel portrays Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

*Matches: A Novel* (Paperback)

Now available on

$13.95 Paperback: 272 pages ISBN: 031610664X

From Publishers Weekly:

     Throughout, Kaufman (*Jew Boy: A Memoir*), an American Jew who did multiple IDF tours and now lives in San Francisco, sketches the fault lines of Israeli society as heightened by the highly charged, often violent patrols in the West Bank and Gaza: Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi; native vs. emigre; Arab vs. Jew. The political turmoil, ruined relationships, coiled anger and psychological damage the patrols leave in their wake is made vivid and personal at every turn, as are IDF procedures and moments of unexpected cooperation across borders.  The result gives readers a fascinating look at the story behind the numbing newspaper tallies. 

Book Description: A fictional Jarhead--a novel that artfully and viscerally conveys the emotional toll of contemporary warfare's random terror. In scenes that flicker with the restless intensity of an unguarded flame, we enter the life of a young American member of the Israeli Defense Force. Patrolling the streets of Gaza in the dead of night, playing a high-stakes off-duty game of Risk with his fellow soldiers, making passionate love to the wife of his best friend, Nathan Falk lives each moment with an increasing awareness of the arbitrary boundary between life and death. As MATCHES uncoils its searing tale of betrayal and guilt in love and war, the novel offers a revealing portrait of the damage war does to the soul of a man.

[ed: slight edit; this book may be of interest to those who teach Sephardic literature courses.]


3. Job Opportunity: European Jewish History (Liebersohn)

From: Harry Liebersohn

The Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in European Jewish History, excluding Holocaust Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 16, 2006.  Although the successful candidate will work with the Program in Jewish Culture and History, the position is 100% in the Department of History.  A Ph.D. is required at time of appointment; publication and teaching experience preferred.  Salary competitive.  Send curriculum vitae, official transcripts, teaching materials, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Harry Liebersohn, Chair, European Jewish History Search, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 309 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801. Phone: (217) 333-1155.  To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 21, 2005.  For information about Illinois, visit our home page at  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an AA/EOE.


4. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Arab American Studies (Abdulhadi)

Date: Wed., 31 Aug 2005

From: John McClymer <jmcclyme(at)EVE.ASSUMPTION.EDU>

via: H-ETHNIC(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU and Rabab Abdulhadi <caasdir(at)>

The University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Center for Arab American Studies invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting September 1, 2006, in Arab American Studies in history or any other relevant discipline, such as anthropology, communications, or cultural studies. Applicants' research agenda should address any aspect of Arab Diasporas. Secondary areas are open but we are particularly interested in an intellectual focus on women and gender studies, critical race theory, or

comparative citizenship analysis. Candidates should have a Ph.D. by time of appointment, teaching experience, and knowledge of Arabic. Candidates with a commitment to teaching excellence, strong methodological skills, and a promise of research productivity will be given preference. Experience and interest in developing curriculum for a minor, major, and M.A. in Arab American Studies is also important. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2005, and will continue until the position is filled. Initial screening will take place at the MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association) meetings in Washington, DC, on November 19-22, 2005. Send application letter, C.V., three letters of recommendation, a sample syllabus, and a writing sample to CAAS Search Committee, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, CB 2002, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128-1491, U.S.A. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Rabab Abdulhadi, Ph.D.

 Director, Center for Arab American Studies

 Associate Professor of Sociology

 University of Michigan-Dearborn

 4901 Evergreen Road, SSB, Suite 2200

 Dearborn, MI 48128-1491

 Phone: +1.313.583.6334

 Fax: +1.313.583.6700

 email: caasdir(at)


5. Fellowship: Opportunities Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2006-2007 (Yavnai)

Date: Thurs., 08 Sep 2005

From: Lisa Yavnai <visiting_scholars(at)>

Via: <judaic(at)>

 Dear Colleague:

    The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 Visiting Scholars Program.       The deadline for applications is November 25, 2005.

    Please share this opportunity with your colleagues and students.

    The Center awards fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Awards are granted on a competitive basis.

    The Center welcomes approaches by scholars in history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, psychology, comparative genocide studies, law, and other disciplines.

    Visiting scholars at the Center have access to more than 35 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation; the Museum’s extensive library; oral history, film, photo, art, artifacts, and memoir collections; and Holocaust survivor database. Many of these sources have not been examined by scholars, offering unprecedented opportunities to deepen knowledge about the Holocaust and further advance the field of Holocaust studies.

    The Center welcomes proposals from all relevant academic disciplines.

    For historians, we especially encourage projects that utilize the Museum’s significant archival and other holdings from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,  Israel, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine, as well as major archival collections of Jewish provenance, including the Ringelblum Archive, the World Jewish Congress, the Jewish Community of Vienna, Pre-War Jewish collections from Lithuania, and other international, state, and local Jewish political, communal, rescue, and relief organizations.

    In addition to pursuing their individual research projects, fellows at the Center work side by side with other new and established Holocaust scholars from the United States and abroad, enabling them to test their ideas, share their research findings, debate methodological or interpretive approaches, and develop comparative frameworks for their projects.

    The Center’s weekly fellows meetings and senior seminar programs provide unique settings for debate and discussion. Fellows participate in the Center’s broad array of scholarly programs and outreach activities at universities and other academic institutions, both locally and nationally.


    Fellowships are awarded to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. Immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments will also be considered.

    The specific fellowship and the length of the award are at the discretion of the Center. Individual awards generally range up to nine months of residency. A minimum tenure of three consecutive months is required. Stipends range up to $3,000 per month. Residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area receive a modified stipend and term of residency at the Center.

    All awards include direct travel to and from Washington, D.C. and visa assistance if necessary. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and health insurance. The Center does not provide support allowances for accompanying family members.

    The Museum provides office space and access to a computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and photocopier. Cost-sharing by home institutions or other relevant organizations is encouraged to extend the residency of the applicant at the Museum or to make possible additional research at other institutions in the Unites States and abroad.


    The postmark deadline for all fellowship applications is November 25, 2005. Decisions will be announced by early April 2006. Fellowships may start as early as June 2006 and must be completed no later than September 2007. All applications must be in English and consist of:

    A completed application form

    A project proposal not to exceed five single-spaced pages (see application form for guidelines)

    A curriculum vitae

    Three letters of recommendation that speak to the significance of the proposed project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out, to be sent directly to the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (see application form for guidelines).

    For more information about the fellowship guidelines and to download an application please refer to the Museum's website at

    Inquiries should be addressed to Visiting Scholars Program, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2126; tel: 202.314.7829; fax: 202.479.9726; e-mail: visiting_scholars(at)


    Lisa Yavnai, Director

    Visiting Scholars Program

    Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

    100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW

    Washington, D.C. 20024-2126



6. Fellowship Opportunity: Hazel D. Cole Fellowship (Paxton)

Date: Wed., 07 Sep 2005

From: Loryn Paxton <lpaxton(at)>


The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington is welcoming applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies for the academic year 2006-2007.  The Fellowship may be used for post-doctoral research or to complete doctoral research in any field of Jewish Studies.  

Candidates must agree to be in residence at the University of Washington for the tenure of their fellowship.  The Hazel D. Cole Fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $30,000 for the academic year (pending funding), will offer one undergraduate seminar or lecture course, and will make a public presentation while in Seattle.

Applicants from all American and foreign universities are welcome. Applications should consist of:

  (1) A current curriculum vitae.

  (2) A description (not exceeding five pages) of the proposed research proposal.

  (3) Three letters of recommendation.

  Applicants are strongly encouraged to be at the AJS meetings for interviews if at all possible. When this is not possible, telephone interviews are offered when necessary. Information on the date and site of the annual meeting can be found at:

 All applications (including letters of recommendation) should be received no later than November 1, 2005.

 Application materials may be mailed to: Hazel D. Cole Fellowship Search Committee, JSIS, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650. (Applications by fax or email will not be accepted).

Loryn Paxton, Program Coordinator

 Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

 University of Washington

 Box 353650

 Seattle, WA 98195

      (206) 543-4835 phone

      (206) 685-0668 fax


7. Fellowship Opportunity: Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Fellowship (CAORC)

Date: Thurs., 15 Sep 2005 08:20:31 -0400

via: <judaic(at)>

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) announces a fellowship program that supports advanced regional research.

The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

 Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2006

 For more information about CAORC:

 For an application:

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: the winner of the 1998 competition was: Susan Miller, Harvard University, who traveled to Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey to research her project: The Jewish Quarter of the Mediterranean City: An Architectural and Historical Study.]


8. Scholarship for Israel Studies (American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)

Date: Mon., 19 Sept. 2005

via: Emanuel Rubin <erubin(at)>


The Israel Scholar Development Fund of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise will offer awards to encourage students to pursue academic careers in fields related to the study of Israel.

Awards will be available to undergraduates who have already been accepted to a graduate program, graduate students who have received master's degrees in Middle East related fields who wish to pursue a doctorate and doctoral students who are writing dissertations related to Israel. Each award will be for $10,000.



9. Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant for Junior Scholars at the AJS (Olins)

Date: Wed., 21 Sep 2005 15:59:17 -0400

From: Debby Olins <dolins(at)>

Dear AAC Member,

 I am forwarding to you information on the HBI's Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant for the AJS meeting in Washington, D.C. in December.  Please pass this message on to any junior scholars who you think might be interested in applying.


Many thanks.

Debby Olins

Program Manager

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Brandeis University


Waltham, MA 02454

Tel: 781-736-8113

Fax: 781-736-2078

Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant for Junior Scholars Presenting Papers at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

Four travel grants of $250 each will be awarded per academic year Grants will be paid to awardees following AJS conference.


Deadline: October 15, 2005

The Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant is available to junior scholars presenting papers exploring Jewish women and gender issues at the AJS annual conference. Scholars who completed their dissertation within the past five years are invited to apply.

Please send a complete set of the following materials to the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Incomplete materials will not be considered:

Cover letter indicating

· current position

· date/institution of doctoral degree

· research interests

Paper title and abstract

 Copy of acceptance letter from AJS

 Curriculum vitae


 Sylvia Barack Fishman, Ph.D.

 Co-Director, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

 mailstop 079

 Brandeis University

 Waltham, MA 02454-9110

please direct inquiries to hbi(at)


10. Call for Papers: Theater and Jewish Studies/ Teatro y cultura hebrea (Maestro)

Date: Thurs., 01 Sep 2005

From: "Jesús G. Maestro" <jesus.g.maestro(at)>

Via: A. Robert Lauer <arlauer(at)>

*Theatralia: Journal of Theater Poetics* (*Teatralia: Revista de Poética del Teatro*) seeks submissions for its next issue on Teater and Jewish Studies (Teatro y Cultura Hebrea).

Articles must be original and not previously published. Maximum length is 25,000 characters (including spaces, footnotes, parenthetical references, bibliography etc.)

The deadline for acceptance of original works is November 1, 2005.

Manuscripts may be sent to the following address, where the appropriate responder can request any additional information desired:

Los artículos, originales e inéditos, en inglés o en español, no superarán los 25.000 caracteres (incluidos espacios, notas a pie de página, citas sangradas y bibliografía).

El plazo de aceptación de originales concluye el 1 de noviembre de 2005.

Los manuscritos han de remitirse a la siguiente dirección, donde las personas interesadas pueden solicitar toda la información que deseen:

Director & General Editor

Jesús G. Maestro

Universidad de Vigo


Theatralia is accepting reviews on Jewish Studies Books for the next issue.

Theatralia acepta reseñas sobre libros relacionados con Estudios Hebreos para este número.

[ed: slight edit]


11. Call for Papers: 2006 New York Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Tagger)

Date: Tues., 20 Sep 2005

From: Mathilde Tagger <tagger(at)>

The next International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place in New York, August 13-18, 2006.

While in the last years there were some lectures on Sephardic topics (London 2001- 22, Toronto 2002- 3, Washington DC 2003-17, Jerusalem 2004- 40), this year the Las Vegas Conference had not any lecture. A big shame!

I wrote to the person in charge of the program of the NY Conference and she said that they will welcome lectures on Sephardic research.

Last year for the Jerusalem Conference, the board was convinced of the importance of Sephardic genealogy and we invites some lecturers to come. I am afraid this will not be the case in NY. We have to take care of ourselves if we want to have a rich Sephardic program.

We have to send as many proposals as we can in order to have a due place in the Conference program. We also need to convince people to participate.

Proposals are now being accepted.  The deadline for sending a 100 word abstract is December 1.  The url of the conference is:

 Hoping to hear from you soon. All the best,

Mathilde Tagger


[ed: slight edit]


12. Call for Papers: the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (Heller)

From: <dan.heller(at)>

THE ASSOCIATION FOR CANADIAN JEWISH STUDIES (ACJS) will be holding its 30th Annual Conference on May 28-30, 2006 at York University in Toronto as part of the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities. The conference provides a platform for original scholarly research in Canadian Jewish

history, life  and culture from an array of disciplines.

People wishing to present a paper of 8-10 pages in length (approximately 2000 words) which concerns some aspect of the Canadian Jewish experience should submit an extended abstract of their paper (approx. 1000 words) by January 12, 2006.  The abstract, which will be reviewed anonymously, should clearly state the main argument of the paper. Communication with presenters following the extended abstract submission will occur no later than March 3, 2006.

Graduate students are welcome to present and are asked to send an accompanying letter of support from their academic advisor.

Submission of full panels (3-4 papers) will be given priority, but individual papers are accepted as well.

Any one paper cannot exceed 20 minutes of speaking time.

Travel subsidies are available for all presenters who have been members of the ACJS for at least one year (graduate students are exempt from this requirement of being a member for at least one year). Subsidy applications will be due early to mid April. Details to follow.

All presenters must be current members of ACJS. See ACJS website:

Send Proposals to:

Dan Heller, Program Chair, at:



13. Call for Papers: Medieval Inventions: the Hospital (Noakes)

From: Susan Noakes <noake001(at)>

The Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is organizing a small conference and one or more colloquia during Spring semester 2006 on the topic "Medieval Inventions: the Hospital?"  

Researchers investigating hospital history in the context of medieval Judaism who are interested in presenting their findings to a broad audience, including scholars studying the hospital in Eastern and Western Christianity as well as Islam, are invited to communicate with the Center Director, Professor Susan Noakes, at <noake001(at)> 

Travel funds may be provided for speakers whose work is particularly pertinent to the Center's interests.

Susan J. Noakes

Professor of French and Italian

Director, Center for Medieval Studies

Lead co-editor, Medieval Encounters

Nolte Center for Continuing Education

University of Minnesota

315 Pillsbury Drive S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-626-7735

Direct Tel: 612-625-3034

Staff Tel: 612-626-0805


14. Sephardic Documentary: “The Optimists” Coming to NYC in October (Comforty)

Date: Thurs., 22 Sep 2005

From: Jacky Comforty <jacky_comforty(at)>

“The Optimists” Is Coming to NY

Starts October 21st

Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street

New York, NY 10011, (212) 255-8800

Advance Ticket Sales: 777-FILM #636,  Group sales: 866-690-6992

During the first week director Jacky Comforty will be available for Q and A after selected screenings.

The Optimists is Co-Winner, The Peace Prize, Berlin International Film Festival; First Prize for "Documenting the Jewish Experience," Jerusalem International Film Festival; CINE Golden Eagle; Best Documentary, Hope and Dreams Film Festival.

 * * *

“The Optimists: The Story of the Rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust” tells the inspiring story of how 50,000 Sephardic Jews in Bulgaria survived the Holocaust because their Bulgarian neighbors and friends helped defend them.  Many individuals, each in his or her own way, took action to foil the Bulgarian Government's plans to hand over the Bulgarian Jews to the Nazis.

The everyday heroes and role models included people from all walks of life. They were businessmen, housewives, intellectuals, lawyers, church leaders, trade unionists, educators, parliamentarians, and many others. Theirs is an especially compelling lesson for today's world.

The Optimists is directed by award-winning filmmaker, Jacky Comforty, whose family was among those who survived, and who has long been determined to tell this story.

This powerful documentary has been publicly shown in more than fifty cities around the world.

The film informs and inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds and lends itself to exciting post-screening discussions.  Audiences come away with a heightened sensitivity to personal responsibility, religious and ethnic tolerance, and to human and democratic values.  By seeing this film, I hope you will be able to reach out to your community and educate them about this unknown chapter of humanity and it's compelling relevance today.

"Everyone is entitled to his own faith. No one should violate the intimate, spiritual life of another. That's how I think now, that's how I have thought in the past, and if I live any longer, that's how I'll think then."

- Bishop Boris Kharalampiev, the Bulgarian Orthodox priest who helped stop the deportation of the Jewish citizens of his city in 1943.

"This is a film that celebrates the human spirit. It offers hope that people of different races and religions can learn to live together in peace."

 - Leora Frucht, The Jerusalem Post

"The Optimists is a wonderful film. The title refers not only to a Bulgarian jazz band, but to how the audience feels after watching such a moving testament to human decency."

 - Annette Insdorf, Author of *Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust.*

 "This film teaches how commitment to justice and respect for others can triumph over oppression. A must-see for anyone learning or teaching the Holocaust."

 - Dr. Shani Beth-Halachmy, Professor of Educational Psychology, National College of Education

More information, including printable fliers, reviews, audience evaluation, images and video excerpts are available on our web site

To schedule a special screening for your organization or to plan an event involving The Optimists, please e-mail comforty(at) or call toll free 866-690-6992.

“The Optimists” is a presentation of Comforty Media Concepts and The Chambon Foundation. Directed by Jacky Comforty, Produced and written by Jacky and Lisa Comforty. All Rights Reserved © 2003.


15. The Ketubot of Mogador - Tuesday September 27, 2005 (Berg)

Date: Fri., 23 Sep 2005

From: ASF-Sephardic House <sephardichouse(at)>

The American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House and The International Sephardic Educational Foundation cordially invite you to a lecture and presentation featuring David Bensoussan, Vivian Mann, and Cantor Marc Hazan.  A Moroccan cocktail reception with live music will follow

Tuesday September 27, 2005, 7:00 PM

Exhibition viewing of “A Jewish Wedding in Mogador: Illuminated Ketubot from Morocco,” 6:30-7:00 PM

at the Center for Jewish History

 15 West 16th Street

 Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

 New York City

 General Admission: $25 - ASF/SH and ISEF Members: $20

 RSVP to CJH Box Office: 917.606.8200

 Space is limited

 Admission includes the chance to win a round trip ticket to Morocco.

We acknowledge the generous support of Daryl and Carlos Benaim - Norman S. Benzaquen - Royal Air Maroc

 For additional information contact us at 212.294.8350 /



16. Indian Jewish Congregation of USA (Daniel)

Date: Mon., 19 Sep 2005

From: <jewsofindia(at)>

Via: ASF-Sephardic House <sephardichouse(at)>



 Floods destroy Sifrei Torah in Mumbai, India

 The recent floods because of the monsoons in Mumbai on July 26th 2005 left the large industrial city of Mumbai reeling. 39 inches of rain in one day. This downpour of rain caught the people of Mumbai totally unawares. There has been a huge loss of more than 3000 lives and destruction of property running into millions of dollars.

 One of the most important synagogues The Beth-El Synagogue in Panvel, Mumbai was the worst hit. All the SIX Sifrei Torah were totally damaged by the floods along with the prayer books, the Bima, roof and some furniture.

 A brief history of the synagogue at Panvel, India. It was built in 1849 and even today has more than 100 members with their families. However this Synagogue is where most of the Jewish Community in India as well as those outside India from Israel, UK and USA make a pilgrimage. The sole objective of saying prayers in this particular synagogue as well as having the unique Bene Israel EliyaHoo Malida ceremony, an ancient Temple parched grain sacrificial practice, a ceremony of thanksgiving for the peace and happiness of the family and the community.

 The High Holy Days are approaching and an ancient synagogue being used daily is in jeopardy of not being able to hold services not only for the High Holydays but also the daily and the Sabbath services. Replacing the lost Sifrei Torah is very essential for the continuity of tradition and religious practices.

 The "Indian Jewish Congregation of USA" based in New York makes this appeal to our fellow citizens and Jews around the world to show your support in reviving this synagogue essential for the continuity of tradition and religious practices. We will make all the necessary arrangements to transport and insure the Sifrei Torah reach Mumbai. This is a matter of utmost urgency. These vital spiritual necessities costing about $25000 each are of primary importance.

 We need your help, so we can donate Sifrei Torah to the synagogue.

 Please make out your checks to: INDIAN JEWISH CONGREGATION OF USA.

 Mail your checks to:

 Attention: Romiel Daniel

 98-41, 64Th Road #1G, Rego Park, NY 11374.

Tax exempt Not for Profit Religious Corporation. Tax ID# 01-0842939

  Tel : 718-897-8718

 The contributions will go towards purchasing Sifrei Torah that would be sent to 'The Indian Jewish Federation' Mumbai, a reputed Jewish organization in Mumbai, India. They have taken the responsibility for the proper disbursement of funds as also to guarantee the safe deposition of the Sifrei Torah in the Panvel Synagogue. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

 Romiel Daniel

 Presiding Officer

 Indian Jewish Congregation of USA

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: As the Caucus List is not an advocacy organ, this notice is posted primarily to update the scholarly world on the status of Indian Jewish communities worldwide.]

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