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Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, October 2, 2005 (29 Elul 5765)


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1.  Job Opportunity: Dorot Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies at Brown University (Jacobson)

2.  Job Opportunity: Hebrew Bible & Interpretive Tradition at University of Florida (Mueller)

3. Job Opportunity: Jewish History at Baltimore Hebrew University (Berlin)

4. Alexander Grass Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Florida (Center for Jewish Studies)

5. Prize Opportunity: National Foundation for Jewish Culture Ronnie Heyman Prize for an Emerging Jewish  Visual Artist (NFJC)

6.  Call for Papers: Sephardi Genealogy (Malka)

7.  Call for Papers: “Emotion and Gesture” in the Medieval World (Frojmovic)

8. Call for Papers: Women in Judaism (Abramovich)

9. Call for Papers: Beyond Numbers, Beyond Names: The Experience of Holocaust Victims (Sinnreich)

10. Call for Papers: European Association for Jewish Studies (Congress Committee)

11. Centennial Symposium on Elias Canetti at the Center for Jewish History (Indrimi)

12. Conference: Jews and Medicine (Nuland)

13. Query: Sephardim of Kiev and Minsk (Gusman)

14. Query: Djoha stories in English Translation (Kligman)


1.  Job Opportunity: Dorot Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies at Brown University (Jacobson)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: David Jacobson <David_Jacobson(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

The Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University is conducting a junior-level search for the position of Dorot Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies.  This position will be a regular, tenure-track appointment beginning July 1, 2006, for a three-year renewable term.  We are interested in candidates who make use of social scientific methodologies to study contemporary Jewish societies.  

Candidates with an interest in Israel, the Sephardic Diaspora, or European (especially Eastern European) Jews are particularly encouraged to apply.  Ph.D. must be completed.  We expect that the candidate will demonstrate excellence in scholarship in the social scientific study of contemporary Jewish societies and the ability to offer a wide range of undergraduate courses in this area.

Candidates should send a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and one short writing sample that is illustrative of your research (e.g. an article offprint or a sample chapter of a manuscript or book) to Professor Lynn Davidman, Chair of Search Committee, Program in Judaic Studies, Brown University, Box 1826, Providence, RI 02912.

Candidates should request three referees to send confidential letters of reference directly to the Chair of the search committee.  

Review of application materials will begin on December 1, 2005.  Brown University is an EEO/AA employer.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

David C. Jacobson, Director

Program in Judaic Studies

163 George Street

Box 1826

Brown University

Providence, RI 02912

Tel: 401-863-3908

Fax: 401-863-3938

E-mail: David_Jacobson(at)


2. Job Opportunity: Hebrew Bible & Interpretive Tradition at University of Florida (Mueller)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: James R. Mueller

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Center for Jewish Studies, invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible beginning August 2006. PhD expected by the time of appointment. Area of specialization is open, but the successful applicant must demonstrate a facility with the primary texts in their original language and be familiar with the Jewish interpretive tradition.  Desirable secondary competencies include one or more of the following: Bible as literature and narrative theory, archaeology, issues of race and gender, ancient near eastern languages and literatures, postmodern thought.  The Center ( seeks candidates with a commitment to make a significant contribution to the Hebrew program; and to the academic study of Jewish culture, society and religion, for all students at the University.   The tenure home will be determined based on the successful applicant's specific research and teaching protocol.  Applications (CV, three letters of recommendation, and statement of teaching and research interests) should be sent to: James R. Mueller, Chair, Hebrew Bible Search Committee, 2014 Turlington Hall, PO Box 117300, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7300.

Application deadline: November 15, 2005.  Pre-arranged interviews may be held at AAR and/or AJS meetings. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution.

James R. Mueller

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Florida

2014 Turlington

PO Box 117300

Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: 352-392-2264

Fax: 352-392-3584


3. Job Opportunity: Jewish History at Baltimore Hebrew University (Berlin)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: George Berlin <berlin(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

Assistant Professor of Jewish History Baltimore Hebrew University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Jewish history for fall 2006. BHU is a fully accredited non-denominational, degree-granting institution of higher education serving a regional and national population.  The mission of Baltimore Hebrew University is to preserve, generate, transmit and apply knowledge of Judaism through the teaching of its culture and civilization within the context of world  civilization. Candidates should have the PhD in hand, teaching experience and evidence of research potential.  Preferred focus is contemporary and/or modern Jewish history. Subspecialty in American studies or contemporary Jewish thought desirable. Primary responsibilities include teaching graduate students at the master's and doctoral level.  A commitment to teaching and evidence of research potential a must; willingness to prepare and teach online courses a plus.

The successful candidate must be willing to teach serious adult learners and provide lectures to community audiences. Please send letter of application, CV and  names and contact information of three potential references by December 1, 2005,  to Professor George Berlin, chair, history search, Baltimore Hebrew  University, 5800 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 or by email to berlin(at) BHU is an EEOC employer.


4. Alexander Grass Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Florida (Center for Jewish Studies)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: Center for Jewish Studies

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida invites applications for the Alexander Grass Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies for the academic year 2006-2007. The University of Florida in Gainesville is a large public research university with a well-established Center for Jewish Studies. The Center has broad-based course offerings with growing strengths in cultural and social studies, history and religion.  The fellow will teach one course per semester, deliver a public presentation towards the end of the academic year, should be an active participant in Jewish Studies activities and must be in Gainesville throughout the academic year. The stipend is $30,000 plus benefits and some travel allowance. The fellowship is targeted towards those within five years of completion of the Ph.D. To apply, send a two- to three-page research proposal, very brief course proposals, a full c.v., and three letters of recommendation by December 1, 2005 to:

 The Alexander Grass Post-Doctoral Fellowship,

 The Center for Jewish Studies,

 105 Walker Hall,

 PO Box 118020,

 University of Florida,

 Gainesville, Florida, 32611.


5. Prize Opportunity: National Foundation for Jewish Culture Ronnie Heyman Prize for an Emerging Jewish Visual Artist (NFJC)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: National Foundation for Jewish Culture

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

The National Foundation for Jewish Culture Invites Entries for the Ronnie Heyman Prize for an Emerging Jewish Visual Artist

Deadline: December 1, 2005

The Ronnie Heyman Prize for an Emerging Jewish Visual Artist has been established by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture ( to  recognize and support an emerging visual artist who is  creating a body of work that reflects the Jewish experience.

Recognizing the difficulty faced by many artists and cultural institutions in procuring support for new works with Jewish content, the fund will provide a grant/prize of $2,500.

Proposals will be accepted from an artist with a body of work reflecting the Jewish experience or that addresses issues in the Jewish community. Work will be accepted in the disciplines of painting, illustration, sculpture, photography, and multi-media. The prize is for a body of work that has been publicly exhibited.

The artist can be working in any visual arts discipline; however, in seeking to encourage younger and emerging artists, the prize is restricted to artists who have been working no more than ten years in their field. The artist must be a U.S. citizen.

The 2006 application form and an FAQ are available at the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Web site.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit,


6.  Call for Papers: Sephardi Genealogy (Malka)

Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005

From: jeffmalka <JeffMalka(at)>

I would like to re-iterate and support Mathilde Tagger's announcement of the Call for papers for the 2006 Annual Jewish Genealogy Conference which in 2006 will take place in NYC (, August 13-18, 2006.

These annual conferences attract about 1000+ attendees and are usually dominated by topics concerning Eastern Europe and Ashkenazi genealogy.  However, in recent years, Sephardic genealogy has made great strides forward in research and visibility. Several of us are making a great effort to further establish the place of Sephardic genealogy by presenting and encouraging research in topics of Sephardi and Mizrahi interest. In doing so, the help of the academic experts on Sephardi and Mizrahi subjects would be of most welcome. Presentations on topics such as archival and other resources in the various countries where Sephardim and Mizrahim have lived would be of great value and I encourage the academic community to participate and help us at this upcoming conference.

The Call for papers has already gone out and the deadline is December 1, 2005. Submissions should be made at the Conference website at


Jeff Malka

author of "Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering your Sephardic Ancestors and their World", Avotaynu, 2002

[ed.: very slight edit]


7.  Call for Papers: “Emotion and Gesture” in the Medieval World (Frojmovic)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: Eva Frojmovic <e.frojmovic(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

The International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 10-13 July 2006, will be devoted to the special thematic strand of “Emotion and Gesture”.

The general CFP is on

As co-ordinator of the Jewish Studies strand, I am seeking sessions and papers by scholars who have worked on the religious, social and cultural history of emotion and gesture in medieval Jewish cultures. Any subfield of Jewish studies, or of the study of Jewish-Christian/Jewish-Muslim relations, and any approach will be welcome.

You can send any proposals to me by the 30 September 2005. Sessions should consist of 3 papers (or multiples of 3), individual papers should be 20 minutes long to allow for discussion time.

As every year, papers and sessions on any other aspect of medieval Jewish studies and Jewish-Christian / Jewish-Muslim relations will be most welcome.

Dr Eva Frojmovic

Director, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds, UK -- Leeds LS2



8. Call for Papers: Women in Judaism (Abramovich)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: Dvir Abramovich <dvir(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

Australian Association of Jewish Studies

18th CONFERENCE, 12th -13th February 2006,



Call for papers. The Australian Association of Jewish Studies is pleased to issue this call for papers to be presented at its 18th annual conference, which will be convened at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia on 12-13 February 2006.

The conference theme, Women In Judaism may include any variation on this theme from ancient times to the present day. This is an interdisciplinary conference and papers relating to history, literature, the arts and political science are welcomed. Papers on other topics will be considered, but preference will be given to those bearing directly on the conference theme.

Submissions to present papers must be made by 12 September 2005. Acceptance of papers will be notified by email no later than 17 October, 2005.

Abstracts should not exceed three hundred words and must include title, author's name, postal and email address. The program committee will referee all abstracts. Papers of particular merit and significance may be selected for publication in the conference proceedings.

The AAJS encourages students who are engaged in academic research to submit proposals based on their work to the program committee. Authors should clearly indicate their student status with their submission.

Proposals should be sent either electronically or by post to:

Dr. Dvir Abramovich


Professor Ziva Shavitsky


The University of Melbourne Centre for Jewish History and Culture

The University of Melbourne Victoria, 3010, Australia



Conference fees: Two days including lunch: $170/$140 AAJS Members/$85 Students

One day including lunch: $90/$80 AAJS Members/$45 Students  

Presenters and conference attendees should pay their conference fees no later than 12 December 2005.

Payments can be made by cheque or international money order made out to THE AAJS CONFERENCE.

Questions about the conference should be made directly to:

Dr. Dvir Abramovich


Tel: +613 8344 3789

Fax: +613 8344 0194


9. Call for Papers: Beyond Numbers, Beyond Names: The Experience of Holocaust Victims (Sinnreich)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: Sinnreich <hjsinnreich(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

Much history of the Holocaust has focused on the perpetrators of the genocide; particularly what was done to the victims and why. This conference seeks papers which address victims and their experiences of the Holocaust. Papers on the social and cultural histories of the victims are particularly encouraged as are examinations of methodological approaches to writing victims¹ history including explorations of daily life, gender, age, etc. Papers on camp, ghetto, hiding, and post-war experiences of survivors including the DP experience are all welcome. Scholars may submit papers which examine not only Jewish victims but also non-Jewish victims including (but not only): Roma and Sinti, Poles and other Slavs, political and religious dissidents including dissident clergy, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Communists, homosexuals, persons with physical or mental disabilities, POWs, those the regime deemed “asocial” and others.

Selected papers from the conference will be published.

Please submit a one page abstract and a one-paragraph curriculum vita by December 15, 2005 for consideration in the April 2-4, 2006 conference to:

 Dr. Helene J. Sinnreich

 Department of History

 Youngstown State University

 Youngstown, OH 44555


 fax: 330- 941 - 2304

*Please note that email submissions should be in text or MS Word format.

 The conference will be held on the campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH on April 2-4, 2006. A final conference program will be available on February 1, 2006. For more information about the conference, please contact Dr. Sinnreich via email or by telephone at 330-941-1603.

web announcement:

Helene J. Sinnreich, Ph.D.

Program Director

Judaic and Holocaust Studies

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH 44555

tel. 330-941-1603


10. Call for Papers: European Association for Jewish Studies (Congress Committee)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: Congress Committee <EAJS2006(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

European Association for Jewish Studies


Past and present perspectives in Jewish Studies

JULY, 23-27, 2006, Moscow


The executive committee of the European Association for Jewish Studies is glad to announce that the next congress of EAJS will take place in Moscow on July, 23-27, 2006. It will be the first EAJS Congress held in Eastern Europe. We hope to bring together scholars from both Eastern and Western Europe. The theme of the Congress is  ‘Past and present perspectives in Jewish Studies’. The local organizers are the International Center for Russian & East European Jewish Studies, and “Sefer” Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Members of the European Association for Jewish Studies and all other scholars in the various fields of Jewish Studies are invited to participate in the VIIIth EAJS Congress. Scholars are welcome to attend the Congress whether or not they intend to present a paper.

Proposals for Lectures (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) should contain a title and a 300-word abstract.

Please send applications to: EAJS2006(at)

Please select from the list of Sections the subject area in which you choose to have your proposal considered. You may submit your proposal to only one Section. However, please be aware that the Congress Committee and Section Chairs will work together in placing proposals in other appropriate Sections if a worthy proposal cannot be placed in the Section to which it was submitted. Also attach your CV, return mailing address, e-mail address, fax, and telephone number. All abstracts will be forwarded to the appropriate Section chairman, who will make the final selection of lectures to be presented. DO NOT SEND abstracts to Section Chairs.

SECTIONS AND SECTION CHAIR omitted due to length


Registration costs        

Before April 1, 2006

After April 1, 2006

for EAJS members: $75        

$100 for non-members:        



Participants at the 2006 Congress as EAJS members (i.e. paying the lower conference fee for members) must pay up all overdue membership fees since 2002. Conference fees would be paid to the Secretariat at Yarnton.


Congress Committee:

Phone:                +7 (095) 254-2556

Fax:                 +7 (095) 254-8244

Email                EAJS2006(at)


11. Centennial Symposium on Elias Canetti at the Center for Jewish History (Indrimi)

Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2005 15:57:09 -0400

From: Primo Levi Center <centroprimolevi(at)>

On behalf of the Centro Primo Levi, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the American Sephardi Federation, I am pleased to announce that the Centennial Symposium on Elias Canetti will take place on Sunday, October 30 at the Center for Jewish History. This day-long program is articulated in sections so as to offer a forum of discussion to Canetti readers and scholars as well as an introduction to those who approach for the first time the work of this elusive and cosmopolitan intellectual.

I hope you will be able to join us and will share this information with your students and colleagues and encourage them to participate.

The day will open with the screening of Thomas Honickel's recent biographical documentary and will continue into the evening with a series of talks and discussions that will help contextualize Canetti both as part of a long tradition of Sephardic humanism and as a distinct voice in 20th century Europe.  

Many of the themes dear to Canetti seem to be acquiring a new significance in the light of today's world events, whether we look at his reflections on power, death, and production-based society, or consider his extraordinary epic on the millenarian relation between humankind and the book. We all look forward to share new perspectives on Canetti’s thought at this international symposium.  

Please feel free to contact me for any further detail or assistance you may need.

The Center will gladly make special arrangements for students who would like to attend.

 With best regards,

 Natalia Indrimi


 Centro Primo Levi

 15 West 16 Street

 New York, NY 10011

 Phone: 212-294-8314


12. Conference: Jews and Medicine (Nuland)

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005

From: <medicine(at)>

via: HJ Newsletter <hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>




Date: November 6, 2005

Program: 8:45am - 9:15am Registration

9:15am - 6:00pm Conference


YIVO Institute for Jewish Research at the Center for Jewish History

15 West 16 Street - NYC

Between Fifth & Sixth Avenues

A historic and ground-breaking national conference exploring the history of Jews in medicine and the roles and responsibilities of Jews in the medical field


For more information, contact medicine(at)  or 917.606.8285

Conference Schedule and Program

Registration:  8:45 am - 9:15

Opening Remarks  9:15 am - 9:20 am


Eric R. Kandel, M.D.  will open the conference. Dr. Kandel, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000, is a University Professor, the Fred Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences, Senior

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


Sherwin Nuland, M.D., F.A.C.S., The Tradition of the Jewish Doctor: Its Origin and Continuity.   9:20 am - 10 am


Morning Break  10 am - 10:15 am


Sidney Altman, Ph.D., Jews as Scientists 10:15 am - noon

Jerome E. Groopman, M.D., The Jewish Healer: Clinical Physician and Teacher.

10:15 am - noon


Lunch Break noon - 1 pm

Barbara Bierer, M.D., A Jewish Woman in Medicine: A Personal Account. 1pm - 2:45 pm

Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Ph.D., What's Gender Got to Do With It? Placing Jewish Women in the History of Medicine. 1 pm - 2:45


Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Ethics From a Jewish Perspective. 3 pm - 4:45 pm

Jonathan David Lear, Ph.D., The Jewish Relationship to Psychoanalysis.    3pm - 4:45 pm

Andrew Marks, M.D., Counteracting the Boycott of Israeli Academics: Preserving Academic Freedom.  4:45 pm - 5:55 pm


Pre-registration is required

$75 general registration fee

$15 students (includes interns and residents)

*Lunch included

This event does not have reserved seating


PHONE: 917.606.8200  EXT 7

Mastercard/Visa/American Express/Discover Cards Accepted

C O N F E R E N C E   S P E A K E R S



Conference Convenor

Yale School of  Medicine,

National Book Award, *How We Die*


Yale University, Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital



National Institutes of Health


Harvard Medical School,

Beth Israel Deaconess  Medical Center, regular contributor to the New Yorker


University of Chicago


College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University


University of Michigan


Chair, YIVO Board of Overseers, Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic


13. Query: Sephardim of Kiev and Minsk (Gusman)

Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2005

From: Robert C Gusman <hgusman(at)>

Do readers have any papers on the subject of Sephardim in Kiev and Minsk 19th & 20th centuries and are they available for purchase or on the web? Please reply both to this list and directly to me.

Thank you.

Robert C.Gusman

[ed.: very slight edit]


14. Query: Djoha stories in English Translation (Kligman)

Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005

From: Mark Kligman <mkligman(at)>

I am continuing to try to integrate Sephardic studies into the curriculum at Hebrew Union College.  We have a multi-year grant from the Maurice Amado Foundation.  Someone told me of the Judeo-Spanish Djoha stories.  I am wondering if readers know of any that have been translated into English? I found a few in Rebecca Amato Levy's *I remember Rhodes.*  Any suggestions?

Mark Kligman

Professor of Jewish Musicology

Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion

1 W. 4th Street

New York, NY 10012

[ed.: very slight edit]

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