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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - April 23, 2006

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, April 23, 2006 (25 Nissan 5766)


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1. Death of Jacób Hassan (Refael)

2. One-year position in Sephardic studies (Holenbeck)

3. Call for Proposals: National Foundation for Jewish Culture Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize (Runk)

4. Call for Papers: Conference on Recovering Hispanic Religious Thought and Practice in the United States (Villarroel)

5. Association for Jewish Studies Conference Deadelin-April 24, 2006 (Sheramy and Horowitz)

6. Conference on Jewish Spain (Certeza Editorial y Liberaría)

7. New Film: “The Father Language” (Kimchi)

8. New listserve: H-Portugal (Dahbany-Miraglia)

9. Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India - Exhibition Opened April 3, 2006 (Tenenbaum)

10. Report on “Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India” (American Sephardi Federation)

11. Request for Haketia Proverbs (Fernandes Sampaio)

12. “Crossroads of the Three Cultures in Spain” program, spring 2007 (Lenhart and Labendz)


1. Death of Jacób Hassan (Refael)

Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006

From: SR <refaes(at)>

Hassan nos dejo las buenas vidas

El Centro Naime y Yehoshua Salti lamenta informar que ayer 10 de abril de 2006 murió nuestro amigo y gran maestro Iacob M. Hassán. que su alma reposa en paz.

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Jacob Hassán was Director of the Instituto Arias Montano at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid.  Reminisces about Dr. Hassán and words of appreciation for his teaching and scholarship are welcome.] 

Shmuel Refael
Bar-Ilan University


2. One-year position in Sephardic studies (Holenbeck)

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006

From: "Holenbeck, Vivian" <vdios(at)> and Center for Jewish Studies <cjs(at)>

The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for a one-year position in Sephardic studies commencing fall 2006.  The successful candidate could be housed in any of number of campus departments, but should be prepared to teach a broad survey course on the history of the Sephardic experience.  Field is open, though specialists in the medieval and early modern periods are especially encouraged to apply.  PhD (or ABD, in exceptional cases).  UCLA is an AA/EOE.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities and women.

Please send a letter of application, CV and the names of three (3) of recommenders to Prof. David N. Myers, UCLA Department of History and Center for Jewish Studies, University of California, Box 951473, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473.

Contact Information:

David N. Myers

Professor of History and Director,

UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

302 Royce Hall, Box 951485

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

(310) 206-9630 (fax)

myers(at) <mailto:myers(at)>

Vivian Holenbeck

Administrative Assistant

UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

302 Royce Hall, Box 951485

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

Tel: (310) 825-5387    Fax (310) 825-9049

Email: vdios(at) <mailto:vdios(at)>  


3. Call for Proposals: National Foundation for Jewish Culture Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize (Runk)

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006

From: "Susan E. Shapiro" <shapiro(at)>

The National Foundation for Jewish Culture is happy to announce submission requests for the Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize. The prize will provide $4,000 toward the publication of a Ph.D dissertation relating to Jewish life in Israel or America from 1880 to the present. Applicants must have completed their dissertations and have a commitment for publication from an academic or university press.

The guidelines and application form are attached and can also be found at

Proposals are due by Thursday, June 29 at 4 PM.

Kristen L. Runk

Associate Operations Director

National Foundation for Jewish Culture

330 Seventh Avenue

21st Floor

New York, NY  10001

tel: 212.629.0500 ext. 215

fax: 212.629.0508


4. Call for Papers: Conference on Recovering Hispanic Religious Thought and Practice in the United States (Villarroel)

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006

A Call for Papers

Recovering Hispanic Religious Thought and Practice in the United States Conference

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project invites you to submit abstracts for its third conference on Hispanic religious thought, expression and practice in the United States prior to 1960.  The conference will take place at the University of Houston on November 3, 2006.

Abstracts of papers to be presented at the conference should focus on religious texts, writers, archives, trends, movements and/or their contexts from historical, literary, gendered, linguistic, theological, ethnic, cultural or regional, especially as part of our effort to recover this lost legacy, preserve it, make it accessible and integrate it into the curriculum.  Studies of formal as well as popular/folk religiosity are welcome.

Recovering U.S. Hispanic Religious Thought and Practice in the United States is a project to find, research and make accessible all religious documents and thought of Hispanics in the United States from colonial times to 1960.  In the development of Hispanic culture, religious institutions, practices and discourse have been of primary importance in shaping U.S. Hispanic or Latino culture and world view.

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: August 15, 2006

Travel and lodging expenses for the authors of selected abstracts will be covered by the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and selected papers will be considered for publication by Arte Público Press in a volume dedicated to the theme.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please e-mail

Carolina Villarroel, Project Coordinator, at Carolina(at)

For any further inquiries on the project call 713-743-3129

Or visit

Sponsored with a grant from the Ford Foundation

Carolina Villarroel

Project Coordinator


5. Association for Jewish Studies Conference Deadelin-April 24, 2006 (Sheramy and Horowitz)

Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006

From: Association for Jewish Studies <ajs(at)>

Dear Colleague,

A reminder that the deadline for submission of proposals for the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 17 - 19, 2006 in San Diego, California, is Monday, April 24, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.  The AJS is unable to accept proposals submitted after the deadline.  All proposals must be submitted through the AJS

Online Proposal Site available at, along with payment of the 2006 Conference Registration Fee and 2006-2007 AJS Membership Dues.  Detailed explanation of the submission process, as well as hotel, meal, and San Diego information, can be found on the AJS website.

An important request regarding audio-visual equipment at the conference.  In submitting your proposal, please make sure to request only those pieces of audio-visual equipment that you definitely need.  This equipment and the associated technician support are extremely expensive to make available for conference use.  For this reason, the AJS can only provide a limited amount, particularly of high-tech equipment.  We appreciate your assistance in our effort to keep conference costs down and the conference registration fee at its current level.

Thank you. We hope to see you in balmy San Diego next December.


Sara R. Horowitz

Vice-President for Program

Rona Sheramy

Executive Director

Association for Jewish Studies

15 W. 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

Phone: 917.606.8249

Fax: 917.606.8222


Judith R. Baskin, President

Rona Sheramy, Executive Director


6.  Conference on Jewish Spain (Certeza Editorial y Liberaría)

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006

From:   CERTEZA editorial y librería <certeza(at)>

Invitación. El CENTRO DIDÁCTICO DE LA JUDERÍA DE SEGOVIA inicia su ciclo de conferencias 2006





Un análisis desde el divan del psicoanalista

Desde que en 1992 su Majestad el Rey de España Juan Carlos I diera la bienvenida oficial en la sinagoga de Madrid a los hispanojudios "en la casa común de todos los españoles con independencia de cual sea su credo o religión ... porque están en su propia casa" se han ido desrrollando gran cantidad de tareas destinadas a la reuperación de la memoria histórica, un riquisimo patrimonio cultural, etnográfico y arqueológico. Al mismo tiempo han ido surgiendo a lo largo y ancho de la geografia peninsular centros didácticos y lugares de referencia divulgativos. Precisamente ahora que el Ayuntamiento, a través de la Concejalia de Patimonio Histórico, está iniciando la recuperación del barrio de la judería, calificado como area de Protección Integrada, es el momento especialmente oportunoi para llamar la atención sobre el significado que esta culktura tuvo en nuestra ciudad.

Este ciclo de conferencias pretende reflexionar sobre algunos aspectos necesariamente introductorias de la España judía, dando por buenas las palabras del ilustre historiar británico Arnold Toynbee: "Donde hubo pasado habrá futuro".



19,00 Bienvenida del Ayuntamiento de Segovia

Bienvenidos a la casa de Abraham Seneor.

J.Vicente Zalaya, editor y librero

19,30 Caminando y hablando

Francisco Bellido, psicoanalista

20,00 Pausa

20,30 Judaismo y urbanismo

Francisco Bellido

21,15 Debate y contraste de pareceres

21,30 Visita a la juderia



19,00 Más alla del fenómeno religioso.

Francisco Bellido

19,30 En busca de sentido: La ambigüedad del lenguaje

Daniel Ustarroz, psicoanalista

20,00 Pausa

20,30 El viaje a la tradicción: Nuevas claves de interpretación

Francisco Bellido

21,15 Debate y contraste de pareceres

21,30 Aperitivo sefardí en Restaurante LA JUDERÍA



19,00 Los mensajes de la vida: Dichos, chiste, parabolas

Francisco Bellido

19,30 El fogón sefardí: Leyes, costumbres

Marta Tencer

20,00 Pausa

20,30 La Patria del Alma: Aproximación al Cancionero sefardí

Francisco Bellido

21,15 Debate y contraste de pareceres

21,30 Velada musical a cargo del TRIO DE CUERDA TARAKANES

Interpretarán piezas del cancionero Sefardí

22,00 Copa de vino Khoser sefardí en el Restaurante EL FOGÓN SEFARDÍ

Esperamos que esta aproximación, no desde los datos del historiador, sino con la perspectiva del psicoanalista, nos permita recuperar nuestra "infancia".




E-mail: a(at)

Disfrute de unos Sabath especiales, en un marco delicioso, en la judería segoviana

Certeza Editorial y Liberaría


7. New Film: “The Father Language” (Kimchi)

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006

From: rami nathan <raminathan(at)>

I am pleased to announce that my new film Father Language (the previous name was "My Father and Other Rabbis") is about to be released in a month (see synopsis below). The film will join my other two films about my family (“Cinema Egypt” and “Travels with my Brother”) to create a trilogy.

An article by Yossef Raz in which Cinema Egypt is being discussed largely is about to be published in _Third Text_.

_Father Language_/ Rami Kimchi, 47 min.,  (Israel 2006)

The film presents a portrait of Jacko  (86), father of the director, Rami Kimchi.  Jacko, an English teacher, was born in Alexandria,   Egypt. The film focuses on his study period at the Sephardic Rabbinical Seminary in Rhodes (which existed from 1927 to 1939) - an institution that constituted the last project of   Sephardic Jewry in the Mediterranean region. During a sea voyage from Haifa (Israel) to Rhodes, surrounded by the beautiful sites bordering the Mediterranean, father and son talk, in an attempt  to reconstruct both their bond and the father's Mediterranean Sephardic culture which has disappeared.

The film creates an analogy between the father's mental blocks and the disappearance of the Sephardic culture and points to the importance of keeping alive the mother tongue, both to the individual as a prerequisite for love, and to the ethnic group as a source for a distinctive collective identity. Interspersed in the film are video clips of  Ladino songs produced and sung by the famous Ladino singer Yasmin Levy.

Rami Kimchi

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8.  New listserve: H-Portugal (Dahbany-Miraglia)

Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006

From: From: "H-AmIndian (Joyce Ann Kievit)" <amindian(at)MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU>

via: Dina Dahbany-Miraglia <DDMQCC(at)>Readers may be interested in the new listserve, H-Portugal: H-Net Network on Portuguese History and Empire.  Their announcement reads as follows:

H-Portugal: H-Net Network on Portuguese History and Empire

Member of: H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Sponsored by: The University of Toledo

ABOUT H-Portugal

H-Portugal provides a forum for the discussion of issues, new and old, related to the study of Portuguese history. It brings together the sage historian and those who are just beginning their journey into Portuguese history. Since collaboration and the sharing of information is the primary goal of this discussion list we make sure that researchers are familiar with other sources on the web, and elsewhere, related to the study of Portugal. For example, there is the Portuguese Studies Review, Portuguese Studies, Lusotopie, the Portuguese Studies series from UCSB, and our own H-Luso-Africa. More recently, Brown University.s e-journal of Portuguese history has begun to publish articles on various aspects of Portuguese history. We will work with all of these different mediums to provide an even richer experience for the student of Portuguese studies.

Like all H-Net lists, H-Portugal is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:

H-Portugal is currently edited by Jeffery Irvin.

Logs and more information can also be located at:

To join H-Portugal, please send a message from the account where you wish to receive mail, to: listserv(at) (with no signatures or styled text, word wrap off for long lines) and only this text:

sub H-Portugal firstname lastname, institution Example: sub H-Portugal Leslie Jones, Pacific State U

Alternatively, you may go to to perform the same function as noted above.

Follow the instructions you receive by return mail.  If you have

questions or experience difficulties in attempting to subscribe, please send a message to:


H-Net is an international network of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources, and is hosted by Michigan State University. For more information about H-Net, write to webstaff(at), or point your web browser to:

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia Ph.D.

Department of Speech Communication & Theatre Arts      

Humanities 129

Queensborough Community College

The City University of New York

Bayside NY 11364

Dept. phone 718 631-6284/5/6

E-mail: ddmqcc(at)

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9. Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India - Exhibition Opened April 3, 2006 (Tenenbaum)

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006

From: American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House <info(at)>

Exhibit Portrays Jewish Life in Southern India

March 1, 2006, New York, New York—The American Sephardi Federation announces the opening of its latest exhibit, Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India, featuring color photographs and historic objects that capture the spirit and transformation of the centuries-old community of Cochin in the costal region of southern India. On display at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street in New York City from April 3 through June 30, 2006. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The exhibit opens on April 3 at 7 p.m. with a special reception featuring guest speakers Ambassador Neelam Deo, Consul General of India in New York, Dr. Kenneth Robbins, Author and scholar of Indian Art and History and exhibit’s photographer Joshua Eli Cogan. This event is open to the public with a general admission fee of $25 and $20 for ASF members, seniors and students. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 212-294-8350.

Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India tells the story of a place in time where local adherents of the world’s four major religions coexisted peacefully. It also vividly portrays what remains of the city’s Jewish presence in the Indian port city of Cochin. The photographs deal with the legacy of this community as told primarily through the architecture of relics, abandoned synagogues and cemeteries. When the exhibit first opened in 2004 to a Washington, D.C. audience, the Washington Post praised it for its originality, noting the “evocative” and “elegantly composed” nature of the photos. Select archival video images and historical artifacts from the private collection of Dr. Kenneth and Joyce Robbins will also be on display. Viewers will come to discover and appreciate how friendship between Jews and their Indian hosts gave rise to a prosperous and pluralistic society that is perhaps a model in the history of the world-wide Jewish Diaspora.      

The photographs are the work of documentary photographer Joshua Eli Cogan whose reportages span Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Europe, the West Indies and India. His deep interest in cultural anthropology suffuses his work which he has combined successfully with photography since 1997. He has worked in the National Geographic and digital imaging laboratory and is currently pursing his master’s degree in applied anthropology at the University of Maryland. 

Historical Background on the “Jewish Kingdom of Kerala”

Legend dates the arrival of the Jews in the country to close to 2000 years ago, although the historical documentation available neither substantiates or dispoveves these traditions. The earliest evidence of a Jewish presence dates to 379 C.E. when in gratitude for their contribution to the kingdom, the Jewish leader Jospeh Rabbon received a set of copper plates describing “princely rights” bestowed by the Indiran ruler Sri Vanmar, pronouncing him “Prince of His Village.”   The Jewish rulers had all the rights reserved to the ruling families of the Indian kingdoms. “The Jews have been allied with the Rajas of Cochin for hundreds of years. The Rajas befriended, protected, and favored the Jews allowing them to openly practice their religion,” notes author Dr. Kenneth Robbins.

In 1524, Jews in the “pepper trade” in Craganore, just north of Cochin, were forced to flee to Cochin and found protection under the Hindu Raja. He granted them land adjacent to his own palace for a town that became known as “Jew Town,” and for the Paradesi Synagogue built in 1568. Jews continued to come in small numbers throughout the centuries. The Cochin community grew during the 16th century with an influx of Sephardic Jews primarily from Spain, Portugal and Holland, escaping the Inquisition, and others who emigrated from the Middle East. The newcomers were called “Paradesis,” a world that means foreigners in Malayalam. They adapted the native language and customs but made certain efforts to distinguish themselves. At its height, it is thought that the community numbered in the several thousand Jewish families. While only a handful of Jews still live in Cochin today, remnants in “Jew Town” bear witness to how Jewish customs and Indian lifestyle mixed to create a rich culture apart.

Sasha D. Tenenbaum

Programming and Development Specialist

American Sephardi Federation


10. Report on “Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India”

(American Sephardi Federation)

Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006

From: American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House <info(at)>

Exhibition Opening

Great Sephardic Jewish Communities in the Diaspora

Cochin Diary: Jewish Life in Southern India

The American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House opened the exhibit “Cochin Diary:  Jewish Life in Southern India” on April 3rd in the Leon Levy Gallery at the Center for Jewish History, in keeping with its mission to highlight and enlighten the public about the many historical Sephardic Jewish communities in the Diaspora and emphasize the importance of Sephardic history and heritage in the context of Jewish and world history.

The evening was a great success with over 300 people of all ages in attendance. Greetings from ASF director, Esmé Emmanuel Berg; Ambassador Neelam Deo, Counsel General of India in NY; and Daniel S. Mariaschin, President of B'nai B'rith International began the program. Presentations by the photographer Joshua Eli Cogan and Professor Kenneth X. Robbins, an expert on Indian art and history, offered a glimpse into the history of the Cochini Jewish community that dates, it is thought, as far back as the destruction of the Second Temple. "Kerala has been hospitable to Jews and Judaism for over 2000 years," explained Dr. Robbins.  "Jews have been accepted as Jews, not just as individuals to be assimilated and lost to the Jewish people."  Following the program in the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Auditorium guests were treated to a sumptuous authentic Indian-Jewish buffet.

ASF will continue its focus on Cochin with a screening of the film The Cochin Jews of India, a film by Johanna Spector on May 18th 2006 at 7 PM.  Joshua Cogan will once again be present to talk about his photographs.  Event details can be found on our website,  or by calling 212-294-8350.

For those who were not at our event please look for more information about the Jews of Kerala, India in the forthcoming issue of _The Sephardi Report_, our bi-annual magazine and benefit of membership to the American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House.  For membership information, please call Ellen Cohen at 212-294-8350 or write to her at ecohen(at)

In addition, to further your knowledge about the Jews of Southern India, we are offering the following book and CD for sale.  They can be purchased at our online bookstore or by calling the ASF office at 212-294-8350.

RahelMusleah, _Hodu: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India_


Ruby Daniel and Barbara C.Johnson, _Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Jewish Woman Remembers_  $25

American Sephardi Federation


11.  Request for Haketia Proverbs (Fernandes Sampaio)

Wed, 19 Apr 2006

From: Adovaldo Fernandes Sampaio <afernandessampaio(at)>

I am a university professor, and I am concluding the 7th edition of my book Línguas e Dialetos Românicos_.  I am seeking five

proverbs in the HAKETIA language.  If you do not have those proverbs in Haketia, please forward my request to a person who can help me.

You will receive a copy of my book when it will be published, with my best thanks. (Please inform me your complete postal address.)

Thank you very much.  Yours cordially,




12. “Crossroads of the Three Cultures in Spain” program, spring 2007 (Lenhart and Labendz)

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006

From: Jacob Labendz <JLabendz(at)>

CET Academic Programs is pleased to announce the launch of Crossroads of the Three Cultures in Spain!

Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to announce that CET will be launching our “Crossroads of the Three Cultures in Spain” program in spring 2007. This unique program will be based in Ávila, a beautiful walled city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Castile. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis from September 1 through October 1, 2006.  

CET's program of activities and travel in Spain will inform and advance the understanding we have of the three cultures of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism within the context of Spain's history, society, arts and literature. As the historical foundation is laid, students will apply the lessons learned to the modern context and enhance their learning experience with experiential study trips to cities and villages near Ávila, cities in Andalucía, and finally, Morocco.

Crossroads of the Three Cultures in Spain is accredited through the University of Salamanca and all courses are taught in Spanish.

We are excited about this new program, and hope that you will share this information with students. For more details, visit our Web site at or contact CET at (800) 225-4262 or cet(at)


Mark Lenhart


CET Academic Programs

Jacob Labendz

Prague Programs Manager

CET Academic Programs - Innovators in Study Abroad since 1982

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Washington, DC 20036

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