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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 13, 2005

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea.umass.edu>

Week of Sunday, November 13, 2005 (11 Heshvan 5766)

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Index:

1. Elka Beth Klein: In Memoriam in *AHA Perspectives* (Ben-Ur)

2. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch at the Association for Jewish Studies (Ben-Ur)

3. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Judaism at Michigan State University (DeRogatis)

4. Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities: Center for Jewish History (Spielmann)

5. Yad HaNadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies for 2006-2007 (Lavi and Gafni)

6. Call for Lecturers: Degree Course in Jewish Studies in Rome, Italy (Calimani)

7. New Publication: *Het Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel* (Hagoort)

8. Call for Papers: Panel on Jewish Arabic Literatures at World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (Bloom)

9. Call for Submissions: Arab Americans in the Arts Forum (Sultan)

10. Call for Papers: Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (Lapidus)

11.  Call for Papers: New Directions in U.S. Ethnic Studies (Gennari)

12. Letter to Naseem Rejwan, Author of *The Last Jews in Baghdad* (Al-Natheema)

13. Lecture: A Return to Judaism: Crypto Jews (Anousim) Around the World (A.S.F.)

14. Website on the Community of Kinshasa in the Congo (Rahmani)

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1. Elka Beth Klein: In Memoriam in *AHA Perspectives* (Ben-Ur)

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea.umass.edu>

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2005

The November 2005 issue of *AHA Perspectives* (pp.46-47) carries an obituary of Elka Beth Klein, with details of her contributions to the field of Sephardic Studies.  The obituary also notes that In Memoriam essays should be submitted to:

In Memoriam

c/o *Perspectives*

400 A St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

or as a Word document to: ddarlington(at)historians.org 

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2. Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch at the Association for Jewish Studies (Ben-Ur)

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea.umass.edu>

Date: Friday, November 11, 2005

The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch will take place Monday, December 19, 2005, 12:15-1:15 p.m.  The cost is $32.00.  Paid reservations by credit card or check must be made online by November 15, 2005. Please note that all queries about lunch reservations should be made to the AJS (not to me).  Also remember that you need not reserve a meal in order to attend the Caucus Lunch. 

Aviva Ben-Ur

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3. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in Judaism at Michigan State University (DeRogatis)

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

via: JEWSTUDIES(at)SHAMASH.ORG

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, three-year fixed-term AY position as Assistant Professor in Judaism. The appointment is renewable contingent on performance, availability of funding, and program need.  

 The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Department, including teaching Introduction to Judaism and Modern Jewish Thought, and to the mission of MSU's growing Jewish Studies Program. There will be opportunities to develop courses in the candidate's specialization. Responsibilities also include teaching in Integrative Studies, MSU's general education program in the arts and humanities. The teaching expectation is two courses per semester.

 The candidate must possess a strong commitment to teaching excellence and the potential to pursue creative research. Demonstrated competence in theoretical and comparative issues in the academic study of religion is expected. Completion of PhD. is required for appointment as Assistant Professor. ABD candidates will be considered for appointment at the level of Instructor. Salary will be commensurate with experience and credentials.

 Interested candidates should submit a letter of application together with a CV, one semester of teaching evaluations, and no more than two writing samples to Prof. Amy DeRogatis, Chair of the Judaism Search Committee, c/o Jewish Studies, 301 Linton Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824-1044.  For inquiries, contact derogat1(at)msu.edu. At least three letters of reference should be sent separately by their authors. Review of applications will begin November 7, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will begin August 16, 2006.

MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution

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4. Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities: Center for Jewish History (Spielmann)

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005

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

via: JEWSTUDIES(at)SHAMASH.ORG

We are pleased to present the guidelines for:

 CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR 2006

 The Center for Jewish History (CJH) fellowships, that represent each of the five constituents (American Jewish Historical Society; American Sephardi Federation; Leo Baeck Institute; Yeshiva University Museum; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), are intended for academic candidates as well as museum, curatorial, and library science candidates.   The awards support original research in the field of Jewish Studies, as it pertains to one or more of the constituent organizations' missions, in which preference may be given to those candidates who will draw on the resources of more than one collection.  Each fellowship carries a stipend of a minimum of $10,000 for a period of one academic year.  It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree save the dissertation (a.b.d.).  

 It is required that each fellow chosen for the award,

         *      Conduct research or cultivate curatorial skills using the Center archival and library resources for the duration of the stipend;

         *      Participate in a Center for Jewish History Seminar and deliver a minimum of one lecture (during or beyond the grant period) based on research at the Center and the collections used; or participate in exhibition planning (for curatorial fellows only).

 Eligibility: Open to qualified doctoral candidates in accredited institutions.

 Requirements for Application:

         *      Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience;

         *      Area of interest and knowledge of relevant languages stated in a cover letter, and how they relate to one or more of the constituent organizations' missions;

         *      Official graduate school transcript;

         *      Specific research/curatorial proposal of no more than three pages, including aims for research during the period of the fellowship, whether there are plans for publication, and how the resources of one or more of the partner organizations will contribute to the work;

         *      Three letters of recommendation, including from the students' academic

 advisors, which address the significance of the candidate's work for the field as well as the candidate's ability to fulfill the proposed work.

 The schedule for application and award is as follows:

         *      Applications are to be mailed to the attention of Diane

 Spielmann, Director of Public Services at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th

 Street, New York, NY 10011; (e-mail contact: Dspielmann(at)cjh.org)

         *      Receipt of application is due by February 1, 2006;

         *      Committee to review applications by March 15, 2006;

         *      Announcement of grant recipients by no later than April 1,  2006;

         *      Commencement of grant period, August 15 - September 15, 2006;

         *      Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2007.

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5. Yad HaNadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies for 2006-2007 (Lavi and Gafni)

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

via: JEWSTUDIES(at)SHAMASH.ORG

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005

 Yad Hanadiv and the Beracha Foundation have established a Visiting Fellowship Program in Jewish Studies. Fellowships are granted each year to scholars of Jewish Studies who hold non-tenured university positions (or who will receive tenure after September 2006). Fellows will spend the academic year in Israel pursuing their own research while also working with a senior scholar in their field. The Fellowships for 2006-2007 will be in the sum of $20,000, with an additional $2000 for spouse, plus $2000 per child. Fellows are required to confirm that upon completion of the fellowship they will resume teaching Jewish Studies at a university abroad.

 The deadline for receipt of applications is 31st December 2005.

 Application forms and additional information may be obtained by writing to:

             Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Visiting Fellowships

             16 Ibn Gvirol St.

             Jerusalem 92430

             ISRAEL

             Fax # 972-2-5610028

             E-mail: LLavie(at)yadhanadiv.org.il

                 or: msgafni(at)huji.ac.il

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6. Call for Lecturers: Degree Course in Jewish Studies in Rome, Italy (Calimani)

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

via: JEWSTUDIES(at)SHAMASH.ORG

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005

We welcome applications from lecturers in any field of Judaism visiting Italy in 2005/2006 and willing to give lectures or seminars in Rome (Italy) at the Degree Course in Jewish Studies (Union of Italian Jewish Communities).

 Proposals to be sent to: Prof. Dario Calimani (University of Venice): shemtov(at)unive.it

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7. New Publication: *Het Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel* (Hagoort)

Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 14:52:14 +0100

From: "Hagoort, Lydia" <LHagoort(at)Gaaweb.nl>

Dear Colleagues,

I thought you might be interested to know that my book *Het Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. De begraafplaats van de Portugese Joden in Amsterdam 1614 - 1945* [The Cemetery in Ouderker on the Amstel: The Graves of Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam, 1614-1945] will be published in  November.   If you want to order the book kindly look for our website www.gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl <http://www.gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl/>

Yours sincerely,

Lydia Hagoort

[ed: very slight edit]

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8. Call for Papers: Panel on Jewish Arabic Literatures at World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (Bloom)

From: "Jessica Bloom [AIU LDN LC Faculty]" <jbloom(at)aiulondon.ac.uk>

Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 15:52:08 +0100

Call for papers to participate in a panel of scholars for the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, held in Amman, Jordan on 11-16 June 2006.

The theme of the panel is 'Jewish Arabic Literatures', and papers are invited on any period of Arabic writing, but in particular we welcome work on recent Arabic literature, and the construction of Jewish identity in the Arabic-speaking world.

 It is anticipated that most or all of the papers given in this panel will be published.

 For more details contact:

 Jb4(at)soas.ac.uk

 Here is some information on WOCMES-2:

http://www.riifs.org/wocmes2/about_wocmes2.htm <http://mail.aiulondon.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.riifs.org/wocmes2/about_wocmes2.htm>

[ed: very slight edit]

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9. Call for Submissions: Arab Americans in the Arts Forum (Sultan)

From:  alsultan(at)UMICH.EDU

via: jmcclyme <jmcclyme(at)ASSUMPTION.EDU>

Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 09:37:41 -0400

 The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is seeking proposals for panels and papers to be presented at its Arab Americans in the Arts Forum. The Forum will be held at the AANM in Dearborn, Michigan, March 31- April 2, 2006. Topics include Performing Arts: dance, theater and music; Visual Arts: painting, photography, sculpture and calligraphy; Media Arts: film and video; and Literature: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The purpose of the Forum is to generate dialogue among our audiences and artists about the state of Arab American art-making and to document the contributions of Arab Americans in the above mentioned fields.

Please send a one-page abstract (250-300 word) for a 15-20 minute presentation relating to Arab American arts historical development, production, aesthetics, and/or identity. For panel proposals, please submit panel title, presenters, and an abstract for each paper within the panel.  In your correspondence, please include your name, the title of your presentation, an email and postal address, your occupation, academic affiliation (if applicable), resume, and your A/V needs. Presentation at the Forum is open to scholars, artists, and activists. Selected papers will be invited to present at the Forum. Participants will be offered a modest honorarium in addition to travel support. Proceedings of the Forum may be published. Deadline for proposal submission is December 15. You will be notified of acceptance by January 10, 2006. Please send your proposals to AANM Director Dr. Anan Ameri, 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126. USA. 313.624.0200. You may submit your proposal electronically to

 aameri(at)accesscommunity.org.

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10. Call for Papers: Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (Lapidus)

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

via: JEWSTUDIES(at)SHAMASH.ORG

Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2005

 The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS) invites proposals for panels  and individual presentations for the annual conference to beheld in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies on May 28-30, 2006 at York  University in Toronto.

 The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, recently formed, is an educational organization devoted to the study and teaching of Jewish Studies in Canada.  Its purpose is to provide a venue for the presentation of Jewish studies research and information primarily for faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars living in Canada, though residence in Canada is not required for membership.

 The annual conference provides an opportunity for scholars to convene and share original research with others in Canada.  The Society invites presentations in Jewish studies from a variety of academic disciplines.

 Presentations are limited to a maximum of twenty (20) minutes and interested participants should submit proposals of 300-500 words by January 12, 2006.  The abstract should clearly explain the main argument of the paper.  The committee will respond to proposals by 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.

 All presenters must be current members of CSJS.

 For more information, see CSJS website:  <http://www.csjs.ca>http://www.csjs.ca.

 As well, the CSJS listserv/discussion forum is open to members and non-members alike and may be accessed at: <http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/csjs.>http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/csjs.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Steven Lapidus

 <lapidus(at)alcor.concordia.ca>

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11.  Call for Papers: New Directions in U.S. Ethnic Studies (Gennari)

From: jmcclyme <jmcclyme(at)ASSUMPTION.EDU>

Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 10:56:28 -0400

The ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Vermont invites abstracts/proposals for papers, panels, workshops, performances, or media productions from all disciplines and interdisciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The conference seeks to spotlight new trends and paradigms.  Conference place and date: Vermont, June 6, 2006.

John Gennari

Director, ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program

University of Vermont

Old Mill Annex 502A

Burlington, VT 05405-0114

Phone: 802-656-9077

Fax: 802-656-8653

Email: jgennari(at)uvm.edu

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=148417

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12. Letter to Naseem Rejwan, Author of *The Last Jews in Baghdad* (Al-Natheema)

From: INEAS(at)aol.com

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 03:50:44 -0400 (EDT)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The author of this letter engages the important question of the ethnicity of Jews from Arab lands.  He argues that Iraqi Jews are Arabs, something still controversial in U.S. Jewish scholarly circles.  Readers’ reactions are welcome. The letter below is excerpted; for the full text see: http://zennobia.blogspot.com/2005/10/to-naseem-rejwan-on-jews-sunnis.html.  Readers may also be interested in Al-Natheema’s documentary, ”The Other Arabs.”]

 Dear Naseem:

 I am so grateful to Oded Halahmy (in NY) for introducing me to your book, *The Last Jews in Baghdad.*  Since I finished reading the introduction and chapter one  of this book, I have been meaning to write you a letter with commentary about  certain issues mentioned in the forward.

 I also decided that I make my letter writing to you as a series in which I comment on other chapters in your book, which coincides well with the editing of my documentary, *The Other Arabs*? about the life and accomplishments of Jewish Arabs with the hope to produce part II and III on the Mandaeans and Druze (who are also Arabs).

 As I opened your book and read the very first quote by Louise Gluck,  

“Because you were foolish enough to love one place, now you are homeless,”? I paused for long with my thoughts and torturing nostalgia  thinking how true was this saying! Luckily I woke up from my ghafwa (sleep) telling myself if I’ve loved another place, it means I’ve become promiscuous! How can I commit such mischief? Let us assume that I didn’t think promiscuousness is a bad thing.  Still I couldn’t love another place besides Iraq. Nature, people and fate know well I’ve tried so hard. I have visited cities all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, North Africa and as far as South Korea! They all had their beauty with great nature sometimes and/or had nice cities, people and food,  BUT lacked that ancient beauty, unique richness and spiritual intoxication IRAQ had and still  has despite the wars and the destruction. One of the reasons why I wish to visit China and India is the desire to finally become promiscuous and hopefully rise in love with one or both of these countries!

 Then I flipped the pages to read the forward written by Joel Beinin. It provided interesting information and was written in a way that made me read it all with pleasure. It mentions on the first page of the forward that Jews constituted 53,000 of the 150,000 inhabitants of Baghdad in 1908. Although the end of the forward provides footnotes indicating that such statistics were taken from  Hanna Batatu’s book, *The Old Social Classes and The Revolutionary Movements of Iraq: A Study of Iraq’s Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of Its Communists, Bathists, and Free Officers,*? I am wondering based  on which source Hanna Batatu provided these statistics and how reliable such a source knowing that these statistics were published during the Ottoman domination!

 It is a source of pride to read that just before WWI Khadduri Shahrabani organized a Jewish company that performed theater pieces in Arabic in Basra and India. It is actually a source of pride to Iraqis and Arabs alike knowing these productions were written and performed in Arabic language.

 There were very serious errors on page xviii about Jewish Arabs and the Sunni Arab so-called minority. They were so wrong that I don’t know from where to begin. The lines read, “Many Jews were eager to be Iraqi Arabs. But like most Arabic-speaking minorities, they were suspicious of the romantic and racialist aspect of pan-Arabism. Moreover, in Iraq pan-Arabism was associated with the continuing dominance of the Sunni Arab minority.”

 1. Joel’s sentence,  “But like most Arabic-speaking minorities”? shocked me.  Iraqi Jews are near entirely Arabs. They are nothing, but Arabs. Writing that Jews are Arabic- speaking means that they speak Arabic, but are not necessarily Arabs! Then she made another grave error by considering Arabic-speaking in IRAQ as a minority or several minorities when nearly 90% of the society spoke (and still speaks) Arabic regardless of whether they are Arabs or not. The suspicion by Iraqi Jews of pan-Arab nationalism was not due to being part of an Arabic-speaking so-called minority, but because the vast majority of Arabs were Moslems. The element of religion was what brought Iraqi Jews closer to communism than both Zionism and pan-Arab nationalism. Please make sure that Joel Beinin read this letter with hopes that you make corrections of this paragraph should you print a new edition. After all, pan-Arab ethnicity/nationalism is in no way as romantic and racialist as Zionism and in fact easier to accomplish than the latter.

 PLEASE, PLEASE make the necessary corrections about the Jewish Arabs of IRAQ and about the Sunni and Shiite Moslems in your book’s forward with appreciation.

 Thank you so much for writing *The Last Jews in Baghdad.* In part II of this series of letter writing to you, I will comment on Chapter one of your book.

 Cordially,

 Wafaa Al-Natheema, Founder

 Institute of Near Eastern  & African Studies (INEAS)

 Website: _http://www.INEAS.org_ (http://www.ineas.org/)

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13. Lecture: A Return to Judaism: Crypto Jews (Anousim) Around the World (A.S.F.)

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

Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 12:59:09 -0500

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: As this event’s date has passed, this message is posted to inform readers of current events in the world of Crytpo-Judaism.]

A Return to Judaism: Crypto Jews (Anousim) Around the World

November 8, 2005, 7 p.m.

At Congregation Shearith Israel, 8 West 70th Street, New York.

Yaffah daCosta will join Rabbi Marc D. Angel of Congregation Shearith Israel to talk about an extraordinary and growing phenomenon of our time - the desire of forcibly converted Jews or anousim from Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and parts of the Americas to return to the religion of their ancestors.

Yaffah daCosta is founder and director of Ezra L'Anousim, a Jerusalem-based organization dedicated to reconnecting crypto-Jews with their Jewish heritage. Of "Anousim" background, the story of her discovery of and return to Judaism is fascinating and inspiring. Ezra L'Anousim is playing a vital role in reaching out to crypto-Jews throughout the world.

Admission free; Contributions to Ezra L'Anousim will be gratefully received. Please make checks payable to the American Sephardi Federation marked for the Ezra L'Anousim fund.

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14. Website on the Community of Kinshasa in the Congo (Rahmani)

From: Moise Rahmani moise.rahmani(at)sefarad.org and losmuestros(at)yahoogroups.com

Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 12:32:31 +0000

 Si vous voulez connaitre un peu mieux la communaute de Kinshasa au Congo rendez-vous au

http://www.sefarad.org/diaspora/congo/index.html

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: This is an excellent website on the little-known Sephardic community of Kinshasa.]


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