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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - July 1, 2007

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

Week of Sunday, July 1, 2007 (15 Tamuz 5767)

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Index:

1. A.S.F. Exhibit: Remembering Old Bukhara (American Sephardi Federation)

2. New Web Exhibit about Religious Communities in Islamic Empires (Kiron)

3. Call for Papers: 19th Midwest Jewish Studies Association (Shanes)

4. Call for Applications: Guidelines for Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program 2008 (Spielmann)

5. New Publication: David Halperin, _Shabbatai Zevi_ (Craddock)

6. New Paperback Edition: David Goldstein, ed., _Hebrew Poems from Spain_ (Craddock)

7. New Publications on Judeo-Spanish Civilization (Studemund-Halevy)

8. Announcement: Vanessa Paloma Awarded Fulbright for Judeo-Spanish Songs of Tetouan (Paloma)

9. Announcement: Seth Jerchower of University of Pennsylania Library to Begin at University of Florida, Gainesville (Kiron)

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1. A.S.F. Exhibit: Remembering Old Bukhara (American Sephardi Federation)

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 15:49:17 -0400 (EDT)

From: American Sephardi Federation <info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org>

 The American Sephardi Federation With Sephardic House is pleased to present:

Remembering Old Bukhara. An exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer Joan Roth. In the mid-1980's , Roth traveled to Bukhara, the famous city along the Silk Road, and documented the people, traditions and daily life of the Jewish community there. An incredible people with a colorful 2,000 year history. The exhibition will include selected objects from the Bukharian Jewish Museum, the collections of the American Sephardi Federation, and a selection of photographs from the collection of Amnun Heifitz. Exhibit at the Center for Jewish History until September 30, 2007.

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

New York, New York

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Beth Gavriel, Jacob and Angela Arabo, Dr. Zoya Maksumova and Boris Kandkorov, Gavriel and Zoya Davidov, Aba and Yaffa Ibragimov, Aaron and Lydia Kandchorov, Yan Moche, Arkady and Mira Zirkiev, Rita Baskin, Aron Aronov- Bukharian Jewish Museum, David and Lisa Ribacoff.

 American Sephardi Federation

 15 West 16th Street

 New York City, New York 10011

 We represent the heritage of all Sephardim from the Iberian Peninsula and the Balkans to the Jews of North Africa and Muslim lands including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey,Yemen, Ethiopia and Bukharian Jews.

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2. New Web Exhibit about Religious Communities in Islamic Empires (Kiron)

From: "Arthur Kiron" <kiron(at)pobox(dot)upenn(dot)edu>

via: Adam Mendelsohn amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 17:13:28 -0400

Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 5:00 PM

 The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library has just made public its seventh annual web-exhibit: "Religious Communities in Islamic Empires." The exhibit, an annual partnership between the CAJS Fellows and the Penn Library, documents the previous year’s research theme at the Center and disseminates the fruits of the scholars' investigations through text and image via the web.

 If you are interested in seeing the exhibit, please go to:

http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/cajs/ and click on "current exhibit"

 or go directly to:

http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/cajs/fellows07/

 Special thanks to Seth Jerchower, CAJS Public Services Librarian, for designing and editing the exhibit, to David McKnight, Leslie Vallhonrat, for their technical support.

 Thanks, Arthur

 Arthur Kiron

 Curator of Judaica Collections

 University of Pennsylvania Library

 3420 Walnut Street

 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

 Tel: (215) 573-7431

 Fax: (215) 898-0559

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3. Call for Papers: 19th Midwest Jewish Studies Association (Shanes)

Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 00:01:49 -0400

From: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

From: Joshua Shanes <jmshanes(at)hotmail(dot)com>

via: Matthew Gilmore vp-net(at)MAIL(dot)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 14:06:31 -0400

Dear Colleagues,

 It has been brought to my attention that due to h-judaic's technical difficulties this spring, the CFP for the nineteenth annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association never made it out on this list.  The conference will be held October 21-22, 2007 at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, Illinois.

 The conference schedule is currently being organized, but should any of you announcement is available at http://www.case.edu/artsci/rosenthal/2007%20MJSA%20Call.doc.

 Sincerely,

 Joshua Shanes

 President, MJSA

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4. Call for Applications: Guidelines for Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program 2008 (Spielmann)

From: "Diane Spielmann" <dspielmann(at)CJH(dot)org>

via: Matthew Gilmore vp-net(at)MAIL(dot)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU

Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 00:36:18 -0400

 2008 CJH Fellowship Program: Guidelines for Application

 The application deadline for the 2008 CJH Fellowship Program is February 1, 2008.

Guidelines

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.

 Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $12,500 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.

 *        For non-USA citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend (award) and for the required duration of the award.

 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:

 *        Receipt of application is due by February 1, 2008

 *        Committee to review applications by March 15, 2008

 *        Announcement of grant recipients by no later than April 1, 2008

 *        Commencement of grant period, August 15 - September 15, 2008

 *        Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2009

 Applications are to be mailed to:

         Diane Spielmann

         Director of Public Services

         Center for Jewish History

         15 West 16th Street

         New York, NY 10011

         United States of America

         Email: <dspielmann(at)cjh(dot)org>

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5. New Publication: David Halperin, _Shabbatai Zevi_ (Craddock)

Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 18:36:02 +0000

From: Ludo Craddock <ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk>

I am writing with information on a new book being published today by the Littman Library: _Sabbatai Zevi: Testimonies to a Fallen Messiah_, by David Halperin.

 To order copies, please contact your usual supplier or the address given Ludo Craddock

Chief Executive Officer

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

P.O. Box 645, Oxford OX2 0UJ, UK

main telephone/fax   +44 (0)1865 514688

direct telephone  +44 (0)1865 790740

e-mail   ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk

website  www.littman.co.uk

 Further information on this book and all other Littman titles can be found on our website at www.littman.co.uk.

 Thank you.

 Ludo Craddock

 David J. Halperin, _SABBATAI ZEVI: Testimonies to a Fallen Messiah_

 Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676) stirred up the Jewish world of the mid-seventeenth century by claiming to be the messiah, then stunned it by suddenly converting to Islam. His story, and that of the movement he created, is a landmark event in early modern Jewish history and a dramatic example of what can happen when mystic dreams and messianic hopes combine in an explosive mixture.

 Now, for the first time, English readers can experience these events through the words of those who lived through them, in lucid and compelling translations by a leading authority in the field.

 Of the contemporary testimonies translated by David J. Halperin, three are accounts by Sabbatai Zevi’s followers of the life and deeds of their messiah. These are the Najara Chronicle, an eyewitness narrative which Gershom Scholem called “one of the most extraordinary documents shedding light on Sabbatai¹s personality;” Baruch of Arezzo¹s Memorial to the Children of Israel, a sober yet devout biography of Sabbatai written shortly after his death; and the bizarrely fanciful hagiography composed in 1692 by Abraham Cuenque of Hebron.

 These “believers’ narratives” are supplemented by two seventeenth-century letters, pungent in their style and colourful in their details, in which Sabbatai and his followers are described by a contemporary rabbi who detested them and everything they stood for. Finally, a reminiscence of Sabbatai’s last days, preserved by one of the most independent-minded of his followers, conveys the enigma of the man that was to haunt the generations.

 David J. Halperin is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He trained in Semitic languages at Cornell University, in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and in rabbinics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1977. From 1976 through 2000 he taught the history of Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was repeatedly recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is the author of The Merkabah in Rabbinic Literature (1980), The Faces of the Chariot: Early Jewish Responses to Ezekiel's Vision (1988), Seeking Ezekiel: Text and Psychology (1993), and Abraham Miguel Cardozo: Selected Writings (2001).

 256 pages

 978-1-904113-25-6   £35.00 / $49.50

 7 June 2007

[ed: very slight edit]

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6. New Paperback Edition: David Goldstein, ed., _Hebrew Poems from Spain_ (Craddock)

Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 18:36:03 +0000

From: Ludo Craddock <ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk>

I am writing to let you know that we have just published a paperback edition of Hebrew Poems from Spain edited by David Goldstein.

 To order copies, please contact your usual supplier or the address given below.

 Further information on this book and all other Littman titles can be found on our website at www.littman.co.uk.

 Thank you.

 Ludo Craddock

Chief Executive Officer

 The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

 P.O. Box 645, Oxford OX2 0UJ, UK

 main telephone/fax   +44 (0)1865 514688

 direct telephone  +44 (0)1865 790740

 e-mail   ludo(at)littman(dot)co(dot)uk

 website  www.littman.co.uk

 David Goldstein, ed., _Hebrew Poems from Spain_

 Foreword by Raymond Scheindlin

 The years 950-1200 are often called the Golden Age of the Jews in Spain. During this period, the Jews reached a peak of achievement in all aspects of their life—political, spiritual, and cultural. They produced great works of literature and philosophy; their poetry represents a peak of literary achievement unparalleled in Hebrew until the twentieth century.

 The poets of the Golden Age forged the language of the Hebrew Bible into a magnificent instrument for the expression of every facet of their experience--love and friendship, war and exile, philosophy and prayer. Their poems reflect their overarching consciousness of Israel’s relationship with God and their deep concern with the fate of the Jewish people in exile. Not until modern times did Hebrew poetic genius flourish again with such freedom and with such intensity.

 This volume conveys in modern English something of the greatness of that literature while as far as possible preserving the poetic values and beauty of the Hebrew original. Brief notes on the work of each of the thirteen poets represented put the poems in their proper perspective and do much to elucidate their meaning.

 The poets included are Dunash Halevi ben Labrat, Joseph ibn Abithur, Isaac ibn Kalpon, Samuel Hanagid, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Isaac ibn Gi’at, Moses ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Abraham ibn Ezra, Joseph ibn Zabara, Judah al-Harizi, Shem Tob ben Palquera, and Todros ben Judah Abulafia.

 David Goldstein was Curator of Hebrew Books and Manuscripts at the British Library.  His translation of The Wisdom of the Zohar, also published by the Littman Library, was awarded the Webber Prize in 1987.

 188 pages, paperback

 978-1-904113-66-9   £14.95 / $24.95

[ed: very slight edit]

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7. New Publications on Judeo-Spanish Civilization (Studemund-Halevy)

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:25:51 +0200

From: mihalevy <mihalevy(at)alice-dsl(dot)de>

 L'Alliance israélite universelle et La Lettre Sépharade se sont associées pour faire paraître la collection El Mundo djudeo-espanyol. Le propos de cette nouvelle collection est de publier des ouvrages portant sur le monde judéo-espagnol de l’ancien Empire ottoman, que ce soit en français, en espagnol ou en judéo-espagnol. Des livres inédits et des rééditions en fac-similé d’ouvrages épuisés composent le catalogue. Responsable de la collection : Jean Carasso

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The Alliance Israélite Universelle and La Lettre Sépharade introduce a new collection called “The Judeo-Spanish World.” The purpose of this new collection is to publish works in French, Spanish, and Judeo-Spanish on the Judeo-Spanish world of the former Ottoman Empire. The collection includes both previously unpublished books and republications.]

 1. Literatura sefardita de Oriente - Michael Molho - publié en 1960

 L'auteur de cette étude fut l'un des hommes les plus avertis de la culture sépharade. Il offre ici un panorama et une anthologie de la littérature judéo-espagnole orale et écrite, depuis les proverbes, dictons et chansons jusqu'au roman, au théâtre et à la presse, en passant par le domaine liturgique, paraliturgique et rabbinique. Introduction de Michael Studemund-Halévy. En espagnol et judéo-espagnol Prévision de sortie du livre : au printemps 2007; 26 euros

2. Poezias de mi vida - Rita Gabbaï-Tazartès

L’une des grandes poétesses contemporaines en judéo-espagnol regroupe ici l’ensemble de deux petits recueils précédents (1992 et 1999) et l’enrichit de nombreux nouveaux poèmes. En judéo-espagnol. Prévision de sortie du livre : au printemps 2007; 14 euros

3. El romancero judeo-español - Samuel M. Elazar - publié en 1987

 Rescapé lui même de la seconde Guerre mondiale, l’auteur fut effrayé par l’étendue des pertes irrémédiables dans les bibliothèques et dans la mémoire collective de son pays, la Bosnie. Il a travaillé durant vingt ans à rassembler poèmes, textes de chansons, romanses et bien d’autres trésors de la culture judéo-balkanique, le tout dans le savoureux judéo-espagnol de Sarajevo. En espagnol et judéo-espagnol. Prévision de sortie du livre : à l’automne 2007; 22 euros

4. Contes judéo-espagnols et histoires de Djoha - Matilda Koen-Sarano

 La « mère de Djoha », Matilda Koen-Sarano publie pour la première fois en

 France un recueil de contes judéo-espagnols et d’histoires de Djoha. Chaque

 récit en judéo-espagnol est accompagné de sa traduction française en vis-à-vis. Bilingue français/judéo-espagnol. Prévision de sortie du livre : à l’automne 2007; 18 euros

5. Les Israélites de l’Empire ottoman - Moïse Franco - publié en 1897

 Moïse Franco, directeur de diverses écoles de l’Alliance, a transmis dans cette chronique vivante du monde juif ottoman un trésor d?informations qui, un siècle plus tard, restent une source indispensable pour la recherche historique et généalogique. Introduction de Henry Méchoulan. En français. Prévision de sortie du livre : à l’hiver 2007/2008; 22 euros

Renseignements & commandes : elmundo(at)aiu.org

Collection « El Mundo djudeo-espanyol »

Alliance israélite universelle

45 rue La Bruyère

75009 Paris

 

Michael Halévy, docteur ès-lettres

Schrammsweg 15

D-20249 Hamburg

Tel. 0049-40-47 71 25

mobile: 0177-687 77 04

email: michael(dot)halevy(at)googlemail(dot)com

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8. Announcement: Vanessa Paloma Awarded Fulbright for Judeo-Spanish Songs of Tetouan (Paloma)

Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 17:17:23 -0700

From: Vanessa Paloma <cantos(at)vanessapaloma(dot)com>

Monday, June 25, 2007

Fulbright

I am very excited and honored to say that I was granted a Senior Research Fellowship by the Fulbright to Morocco for 2007-08. My project is to work on Judeo-Spanish women's songs from Tetouan and their connection to Piyyutim and Moroccan Kabbalah. Through this work I hope to quantify and identify specific elements in women's oral tradition and especially through the songs in Jaquetía (Moroccan Judeo-Spanish) that show women's religious and mystic involvement and expression. It is my firm belief that we are reaching the time for women's contributions to be more revealed than they have been in recent history.

I will be based in Tetouan which is on the Rif Mountain range, a town that boasted a vibrant Jewish community until recently and that has an amazing Jewish cemetery dating back to times of the expulsion from Spain. Tetouan is also said to have the most Andalusian of all the medinas in Morocco. There is a sound archive in Tetouan with a whole collection of these Romances which I hope to transcribe. Tetouan is one hour away from Tangier, very close to Ceuta and Gibraltar and to the beautiful town of Xauen.

In preparation for my time in Morocco for the Fulbright, I started a blog which will include music, photographs, press, Torah, poetry, history, issues of women's learning, Jewish mysticism, Crypto-Jewish community updates etc etc.

 Please visit and let me know what you think!

 Best wishes,

 Vanessa Paloma

http://vanessapaloma.blogspot.com/

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9. Announcement: Seth Jerchower of University of Pennsylania Library to Begin at University of Florida, Gainesville (Kiron)

From: "Arthur Kiron" kiron(at)pobox(dot)upenn(dot)edu

via: Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 16:55:23 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The many Sephardic Studies scholars who have been assisted by Seth Jerchower will be interested to know of his new affiliation.]

Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 4:25 PM

 For those of you who have had the good fortune of consulting Seth Jerchower at the University of Pennsylvania library about your Judaica research needs, I would like to let you know that he will be leaving Penn for the University of Florida, Gainesville where he will head the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.  His last day at Penn will be Friday, July 20, 2007.  For those needing to contact him after that date he can be reached at the University of Florida beginning August 6, 2007.

 Seth has worked at the Penn Library since March 1, 2000.  Over the course of these last seven years, Seth has responded to 21,728 reference questions. He has fixed 10,003 catalog records. He has made 1,325 high resolution digital scans and he has added 428 electronic resources to our on-line Judaica collections.  Seth made fundamental contributions to the Penn-Cambridge Cairo Genizah project, helping us link digital images of medieval manuscript fragments to their cataloging metadata in order to provide on-line access to individual items physically dispersed around the world.  During his tenure at the CAJS Library, Seth also designed and edited seven years of CAJS Fellows' web-exhibits and co-curated two of his own, including a marvelous physical exhibition honoring the 800th anniversary of the birth of Petrarch, and another about the history of Rabbinic Lexicography, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Marcus Jastrow, the father of American rabbinic dictionary making.

 We congratulate Seth on his appointment and wish him continued success in his career.

 Thanks, Arthur

 Arthur Kiron

 Curator of Judaica Collections

 University of Pennsylvania Library

 3420 Walnut Street

 Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

 Tel: (215) 573-7431

 Fax: (215) 898-0559

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