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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - December 4, 2005

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, December 4, 2005 (3 Kislev 5766)


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1. New Publication: Article on Yemeni Tombstone Inscriptions (Klein-Franke)

2. New Issue: Thessalonika’s “El Avenir” ("El Avenir" Editorial Committee)

3. Call for Papers: Encountering the Other: Religious Tolerance and Hospitality (MacMillen)

4. Call for Papers: "Arab Diaspora Women" (Sensenig-Dabbous)

5. Call for Papers: 14th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies (Pomeroy)

6. Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project (Kazez)

7. New Website: Ten Commandments in Arabic (Corre)

8. Sara Marcos Benveniste Scholarship in Jewish Studies (Rahmani)

9. Conference in Israel: Women and Womanhood Shaping the Yishuv Society (Price)

10. Lecture at Florida International University: Prints of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in Holland (Zohar)


1. New Publication: Article on Yemeni Tombstone Inscriptions (Klein-Franke)

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 08:24:24 -0800 (PST)

From: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)>

via: Aviva Klein-Franke <avivakleinfranke(at)>

Readers may be interested to know of the following publication:

Aviva Klein-Franke, “Tombstones bearing Hebrew Inscriptions in Aden,” *Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy* 16 (2005): 161-82.

Aviva Ben-Ur


2. New Issue: Thessalonika’s “El Avenir” ("El Avenir" Editorial Committee)

Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 13:33:10 +0000

From: losmuestros(at)

via: Moise Rahmani <moise.rahmani(at)>

El Avenir

Dear friend,

 We would like to inform you that the third issue of the English newsletter of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki -- "El Avenir" -- has been published.

 The current issue features articles on the Holocaust commemoration in Thessaloniki -in the presence of German Foreign Minister Joshka Fischer and many other officials- academic essays, as well as other news and activities. We hope it can serve as a valuable link between the JCT and its English-speaking friends.

 You can find online the latest issue at

For the older issues go to


 We are looking forward to your comments and input.

With Best Wishes,

The "El Avenir" Editorial Committee


3. Call for Papers: Encountering the Other: Religious Tolerance and Hospitality (MacMillen)

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005

From: Sarah Louise MacMillen <sarahmacmillen(at)>

Religions no longer exist in a state of isolated monologues, but rather the currency of contemporary religious discourse is one of exchange and dialogue between traditions. Closing our minds and spirits to the ethnic and religious other and looking at the other in fear and misunderstanding has led to recent history's battles of identity: hostility, war, death and destruction. Current macropolitics in the Middle East conflict and recent micropolitics in places as different as Chechnya, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Sudan, and Bosnia, all attest to the fundamental need for tolerating, encountering, respecting, understanding the other and accepting and embracing the difference of the other.

 Guided by the theme of hospitality toward the other, "Encountering the Other: Religious Arguments for Tolerance", a one-day conference, will be held on April 24, 2006 at the University of Notre Dame. This conference aims at focusing dialogue among people of the three Abrahamic faith traditions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam—but is also open to papers dealing with other traditions' resources discussing themes of transcendence, ethics and hospitality. We cordially invite you to participate in the discussion on what role religion can play in shaping a response to religious others. This conference call is open to submission from different academic disciplines that deal with religion, as well as papers and poster sessions from religious leaders and community members to showcase practices in tolerance, hospitality and encountering the other.

 SEE for more details.

Sarah MacMillen

Kellogg Institute for the Study of Developing Democracy, Graduate Fellow

Department of Sociology

University of Notre Dame

810 Flanner Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


4. Call for Papers: "Arab Diaspora Women" (Sensenig-Dabbous)

Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005

From: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous <sdabbous(at)NDU.EDU.LB>

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

The summer 2006 "file" (special issue) of Al-Raida ( will highlight Arab women living outside the Arab world, defined as those countries not members of the Arab League. Al-Raida is published both in English (hardcopy & online) and in Arabic (exclusively online).

As the editor of this upcoming file, I am looking for submissions dealing with the following topics, amongst others:

 - employment, social rights, equal opportunities

 - Arab minority and immigrant organisations

 - culture, education and research activities

 - anti-discrimination, legal rights, grass roots mobilisation, coalition building

 - country studies, case studies, testimonials

 - historical overviews (highlighting countries of emigration and/or immigration)

 - hybridity, identity overlap or switching, e.g. the diaspora experience of non-Arab women from Arab countries living abroad

 - religious minority women from the Arab world, e.g. Christians and Jews

 Please feel free to suggest additional topics.

 As opposed to the last issue I edited (on non-Arab women in the Arab world, the summer 2006 issue will be divided into a peer-reviewed section, for fully sourced, scholarly articles, based on original research, and a non-refereed section containing general interest submissions and material that has been reworked, based on previous publications.

Please send an abstract of your proposed article by 15 December 2005. All articles must be submitted by 31 March 2006.

Dr. Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous

Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC)

Al-Raida editorial board


5. Call for Papers: 14th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies (Pomeroy)


Tue, 22 Nov 2005 07:36:04 -0500 (EST)

From: Hilarypomeroy(at)

Fourteenth British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies

Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June 2006

Call for Papers

The British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies is an international scholarly forum for university teachers and researchers working in Judeo-Spanish Studies, and welcomes papers from both eminent scholars and those beginning their doctoral studies.  Our emphasis is on Judeo-Spanish Language and Judeo-Spanish Literature.

We invite abstracts for the coming conference which will be returning to Queen Mary University of London in London’s East End (Mile End Road London E1).  You may like to note that it will follow on from the Medieval Hispanic Research Colloquium, Thursday 22 June to Friday 23 June 2006 (information from: j.l.whetnall(at) uk). 

Queen Mary is a most appropriate venue for the conference as 2006 marks the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Resettlement of Jews in England and many of the Sephardic Jews who immigrated to England settled in this area.  The programme will include a visit to the Sephardic synagogue of Bevis Marks, the oldest functioning synagogue in England.

Papers, which may be read in Judeo-Spanish, Spanish, or English, should not have been presented or published elsewhere and should not exceed twenty minutes in length. Would you please send your abstract (maximum 200 words) as an attachment to Hilarypomeroy(at)

You should supply the following information on the sheet containing your abstract:

     Title (Professor, Dr., etc)

     Full name

     Home address

University/Academic affiliation

Home telephone number, work telephone number

Fax number

E-mail address

The closing date for submitting abstracts is 31 December 2005. The selection committee will inform you of its choice shortly thereafter.


We have reserved single bedrooms on campus in a building opened in 2004.  Each room has a desk, a fridge, and an en-suite shower room.  Rooms are arranged in groups of six, with a communal kitchen where you can make tea or coffee. 

 It would be very helpful if you would indicate whether you would like to stay on campus by e-mailing Sizen Yiacoup:  sizen.yiacoup(at)  (This does not commit you in any way).

Conference Committee

Dr. Hilary Pomeroy, University College London (Chair)

Professor Michael Alpert, Kings College London

Mrs. Annette Benaim, School of Oriental and African Studies London

Professor Ralph Penny, Queen Mary University of London

Miss Sizen Yiacoup, Kings College London


6. Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project (Kazez)

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005

From: losmuestros(at)

Archives généalogiques de la communauté juive de Turquie   

 Dear Istanbul researchers,

 Now that testing is complete, I am pleased to announce that the Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project search engine is online and fully functional:

 Above, you may search more than 50 thousand Istanbul records. Our project continues, of course. As of last week, we have 400 new pages to type--just names, requiring no translation. Let me know if you can help.

Dan Kazez


7. New Website: Ten Commandments in Arabic (Corre)

Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 23:17:21 -0500

From: Alan D Corre <corre(at)>

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

 I have placed on line an Arabic text on the Ten Commandments ascribed to Saadiah Gaon with translation and notes. Go to URL below, click on "New" in the left hand column.

Alan D. Corre

Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Studies

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


8. Sara Marcos Benveniste Scholarship in Jewish Studies (Rahmani)

Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2005

From: Moise Rahmani <moise.rahmani(at)>

Bourse Sara Marcos Benveniste en etudes juives

 Le Centre Alberto Benveniste (EPHE, Sorbonne) octroie chaque année une "Bourse Sara Marcos Benveniste en études juives" d'un montant de 3.800 € à un(e) étudiant(e) en DEA ou en doctorat. Les dossiers, constitués d'une lettre de recommandation du directeur de recherche, d'un CV et du projet de DEA ou de thèse (avec bibliographie), sont à adresser avant le 15 décembre à Esther Benbassa, EPHE, Sciences religieuses, 45-47 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris.



9. Conference in Israel: Women and Womanhood Shaping the Yishuv Society (Price)

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 15:00:08 +0200

From: Linda Price <pr(at)>

An academic conference sponsored by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies Thursday, December 15, 2005 at the Schechter Institute, Jerusalem Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies 4 Avraham Granot Street, Jerusalem (next to the Israel Museum)

Forming a New Social Order Women and Womanhood Shaping the Yishuv Society The 1st Sarah Becker Frank Conference on the Status of Women in Israel

Contact Atalia: 02-6790755, ext. 111 or e-mail: atalia(at)

Program (all sessions in Hebrew)

Opening Greetings: Prof. David Golinkin, President Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Chairwoman: Prof. Ruth Kark, Hebrew University

Dr. Gur Alroey, Haifa University “‘Women and Other Merchandise: Migration to the Land of Israel in the Early 20th Century - a Gender Analysis”

Prof. Yaffah Berlovitz, Bar-Ilan University “Encounters of a Different Nature: Western and Eastern Women as Reflected in Land of Israel Literature”

Dr. Bat Sheva Margalit Stern, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies “Cherished Girls, Cheap Labor: On Female Child Labor in Israel in the 1920s and 1930s’”


Chairwoman:  Dr. Bat Sheva Margalit Stern, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

Prof. Deborah Bernstein, Haifa University “Women in Urban Society – Gender, Nationality and Emigration”


Light Dinner 


10. Lecture at Florida International University: Prints of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in Holland (Zohar)

Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 13:01:32 -0500

From: Zion Zohar <zoharz(at)>

FIU College of Arts and Sciences, The President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry & Yovel present a lecture on

Prints of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews in Holland by Samantha Baskind, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, Cleveland State University

Thursday, December 8th, 2005, 7:00 pm

FIU Biscayne Bay Campus

Wolfe University Center - Room 155 *

This Event is Free and Open to the Public!

This lecture examines the Frenchman Bernard Picart's etchings of Amsterdam's Jewish community. Focusing, in particular, on two related etchings of the Jewish wedding ceremony - one that delineates Sephardic customs and another describing Ashkenazi traditions - showing how Picart's imagery functions as a critique of the mass influx of Eastern European Jews that entered Amsterdam during the second half of the seventeenth century. By comparing Picart's etchings of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities, and exploring related prints from the seventeenth century, including work by Rembrandt and Jan Luyken, one can see how the Dutch pitted the bourgeois, assimilated, and elegant Sephardim against the poor, more religious, and uncouth Ashkenazi.

About Samantha Baskind:

Samantha Baskind received her B.A. in Art History and English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Baskind has taught art history and Jewish culture at the University of North Carolina, the University of Miami, the University of Pittsburgh, and James Madison University. She has been an assistant professor of Art History at Cleveland State University since August 2004. Her large teaching repertoire includes courses on American Art, Twentieth-Century Art, Jewish Art, and American Jewish Art and Culture.

Dr. Baskind's research focuses on modern American art and culture with a special interest in twentieth-century Jewish art. Her critically acclaimed book, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004), examines Soyer's work within the context of the Jewish American immigrant experience while also fleshing out the various meanings of Jewish art. The project was funded by several sources, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Jewish Historical Society of New York, and the Koret Jewish Studies Publications Program.

Jewish American Artists: A Biographical Dictionary, Baskind's second book, is under contract with Greenwood Press and forthcoming in December 2006.

 * Wolfe University Center is located in Florida International University's, Biscayne Bay Campus

 Phone: (305) 919-5701

 3000 N.E. 151st Street, WUC 155

 North Miami, Fl 33181-3000

 Directions:  From Miami-Take I-95 north to 135th St., go east to US-1, go north to 151st St., turn right, continue on the road, and the campus is on the left after the electronic sign. From Ft. Lauderdale - Take I-95 south and exit on Miami Gardens Drive, turn left (east) at the light of  US-1, turn right on US-1 (south) to NE 151st St., turn left on NE 151st St (east), continue on the road, and the campus is on the left after the electronic sign.

 For more information call: 305-919-5610


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