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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - October 14, 2007

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Week of Sunday, October 14, 2007 (2 Heshvan 5768)

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Index:

1. JOB: Assistant Professor, Jewish History, Brooklyn College (Troyansky)

2. JOB: Distinguished Professorship, Jewish History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW)

3. JOBS: Adjunct Professors for Online Courses, Gratz College (Steinlauf)

4. JOB: professor of Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Wright)

5. JOB: professor of Jewish literary and cultural studies, University of South Carolina (USC)

6. Lecture Opportunities in Rome (Calimani)

7. Fellowship Opportunity: Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic (Weingarden)

8. Call for Applications: Endangered Archives Programme (Wallace)

9. Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Applications (Shalev)

10. Call for Applications: The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies (Paxton)

11. Call for Applications: Yad Hanadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

12. Post Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Ohio University (Goda)

13. Call for Applications: Jewish Communal Innovation Competition

14. Call For Papers: Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, Vancouver, June 2008 (Schnoor)

15. Submissions to Re-Visioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions In Transition (Bronner)

16. Call For Papers: Jewish Onomastics (Demsky)

17. Call for Papers: The Middle Classes of Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities (Chronakis and Gekas)

18. Call for Papers: 2008 Conference on Inquisition Studies (Chuchiak)

19. Call for Papers: Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, Vancouver, June 2008 (Robinson)

20. Conference Program: A celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa (Robinson)

21. Digitized Ladino Library (Rodrigue)

22. New Paperback Edition: _Marrano Poets of the Seventeenth Century_ (Craddock)

23. _Ha’aretz_ Article on a Ladino Conference in Jerusalem (Quintana)

24. Study Tour to Inka Jews of Peru (Margulies)

25. Mathilde Tagger partners with SephardicGen (Malka)

26. Query: Rabbinic Thesis on Judeo-Maghrebi Literature (Lewis)

27. Query: Jews in Spain post-1492 (Carasik)

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1. JOB: Assistant Professor, Jewish History, Brooklyn College (Troyansky)

From: David G. Troyansky

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

Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 23:58:25 -0400

      Jewish History (ancient/medieval). The History Department at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Jewish history to begin in fall 2008. Ph.D. required. Research specialization in the ancient or medieval period, but the successful candidate will be able to offer courses ranging from ancient to modern as well as the college's core course on the shaping of the modern world. Send letter of application describing both research and teaching interests, c.v., three letters of recommendation, a representative sample of scholarship (article or dissertation chapter), and evidence of teaching experience to: Professor David G. Troyansky, Chair, Department of History, Brooklyn College/CUNY, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2007, and will continue until position is filled. EO/AA/IRCA/ADA. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

      Contact Info:

      Professor David G. Troyansky

      Chair, Department of History

      Brooklyn College/CUNY

      2900 Bedford Avenue

      Brooklyn, NY 11210

      Website: http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/history/index.html

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2. JOB: Distinguished Professorship, Jewish History, University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW)

From: UNCW

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

Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 00:00:53 -0400

      Distinguished Professorship/Jewish History. The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of History announces a new endowed professorship in Jewish History beginning Fall 2008. The holder of the Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Professorship in Jewish History will be a senior scholar with a notable record of scholarly publication and teaching in any period of Jewish History. Ph.D. in history or related discipline required. Responsibilities include: teaching four courses per year, including undergraduate courses in Jewish History from antiquity to the present as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in specialty; active research; and outreach to area educators. Funds from the Rhine Family Endowment for Jewish History will be available to support research, outreach, and related programs for the region. Salary will be competitive based on experience and publications. A comprehensive university situated in the historic port city of Wilmington, UNCW enrolls nearly 12,000 students and offers graduate fields in European, U.S., Global, and Public History at the M.A. level. To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at http://consensus.uncw.edu. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to the Dr. Michael Seidman, Search Committee Chair and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed or faxed. Attachments must be either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Tammie Grady at (910) 962-3307. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. Priority consideration will be given to online applications received by December 1, 2007, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

      UNCW is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

      Contact Info:

      Applications accepted online only at

      http://consensus.uncw.edu

      Website: http://www.uncw.edu/

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3. JOBS: Adjunct Professors for Online Courses, Gratz College (Steinlauf)

From: Michael Steinlauf <msteinlauf(at)earthlink(dot)net>

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

Date:    Wed, 26 Sep 2007 22:31:44 -0400

Gratz College is seeking adjunct professors for the following online courses for spring 2008:

Introduction to Classical Judaism

Politics of Israel in the Middle East

New Directions in the American Jewish Community

Medieval Jewish History

Please send cv to Ronni Ticker at <rticker(at)gratz(dot)edu>.

Prof. Michael Steinlauf

Gratz College

msteinlauf(at)earthlink.net

http://www.gratz.edu

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4. JOB: professor of Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Wright)

From:            David P. Wright <wright(at)brandeis(dot)edu>

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

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 00:01:35 -0400

      Brandeis University announces an opening for a tenured full professor in Israel Studies in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, beginning in fall 2008. Candidates should be distinguished scholars with expertise in the history, politics, culture, or sociology of modern Israel. Broad familiarity with Middle East Studies and/or Judaic Studies is required, along with a record of strong teaching. We seek a candidate with an accomplished record in research and publication, and a desire and ability to foster and develop Israel Studies at Brandeis, especially in connection with the newly established Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. First consideration will be given to applications that arrive by November 1, 2007. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of three references (with contact information), and select major publications to David P. Wright, Chair, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, MS 054, PO Box 549110, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

      Contact Info:

      David P. Wright, Chair,

      Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, MS 054, PO Box 549110,

      Brandeis University,

      Waltham, MA 02454-9110

      Phone: 781-736-2950

      email: wright(at)brandeis(dot)edu

      Website: http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs

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5. JOB: professor of Jewish literary and cultural studies, University of South Carolina (USC)

From: <jsp(at)gwm(dot)sc(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 10:42:16 -0400

Jewish literary and cultural studies

      UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Department of English Language and

Literature, invites applications for a new tenured or tenure-track position (rank open) in Jewish literary and cultural studies beginning Fall 2008. One of a cluster of new Jewish Studies hires in multiple departments, the successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate level courses, and to work closely with other faculty to advance interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching in Jewish Studies. Commitment to interdisciplinarity and to active engagement with historical, theological, political, and/or comparative literary methodologies is essential. Teaching assignment would include regular offerings in Jewish literature and the development of new courses in these areas.

      Applicants may send a cover letter, a c.v., and three letters of recommendation to Search Committee Chair, Jewish Studies Search Committee, Department of English Language & Literature, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Electronic applications may be sent to jsp(at)gwm(dot)sc(dot)edu. Additional information about the Department of English Language and Literature is available at http://www.cas.sc.edu/engl/. To assure full consideration, applications should be received by October 15.

      The University of South Carolina's main campus in the state capital, close to mountains and coast, is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an institution of "very high research activity." With over 27,000 students, 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system, the university is often considered to be one of the most beautiful campuses in an urban setting, with a population of over 650,000 in the greater metropolitan area.

      The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

      Contact Info:

      Search Committee Chair

      Jewish Studies Search Committee

      Department of English Language & Literature University of South

Carolina

      Columbia, SC 29208

      Website: http://www.cas.sc.edu/engl/

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6. Lecture Opportunities in Rome (Calimani)

From: "Dario Calimani" <shemtov(at)UNIVE(dot)IT>

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

Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 11:21:18 -0400

Scholars of Jewish Studies visiting Rome (or Italy at large) and wishing to give a lecture on Jewish subjects and topics for the Degree Course in Jewish Studies (Rome) are welcome to contact the undersigned.

Knowledge of Italian language would be highly appreciated. Speakers of English are also, obviously, welcome.

Prof. Dario Calimani (Univ. of Venice)

Director - Degree Course in Jewish Studies (Rome)

Prof. Dario Calimani

Chair of English - Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia

Councillor

Union of Italian Jewish Communities (Rome)

Degree Course in Jewish Studies

Department for Education and Culture

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7. Fellowship Opportunity: Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic (Weingarden)

From: "Weingarden, Matthew" <mattwein(at)umich(dot)edu>

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

Date:    Mon, 24 Sep 2007 10:11:28 -0400

The University of Michigan's Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies would like to remind all interested individuals that the deadline for fellowship applications is approaching (October 19, 2007).

Applications for semester- or year-long *residence* are invited from scholars in history, literature, religion, and the social sciences whose work both shifts the focus of scholarship in Jewish studies and explores the resulting implications and consequences. Both tenured and untenured faculty are eligible as well as recent Ph.D.s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti.

Each year, the Institute develops a research theme that brings about a dozen scholars together to further their own research, interact with faculty, students and one another, and enrich the intellectual life of the community. Subjects and structures are broad enough to include scholars from various disciplines, working with varying methodologies, expansive in space and time.

The Frankel Institute theme for 2008-2009: Studying Jews: New Topics,

New Methods, New Directions.  Visit

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic/html/2008_2009_3_3_2.htm for detailed information on the 2008-2009 Theme.

The Frankel Institute provides an intellectually stimulating environment, promotes an atmosphere of openness and encouragesconstructive criticism. It seeks to advance Jewish Studies globally. In addition, the Frankel Institute considers diversity and pluralism as fundamental characteristics of a public institution of higher education and emphasizes such principles in all endeavors.

DEADLINE: October 19, 2007

Applications are available online at

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic/html/applications_3_4.htm

Questions should be directed to Professor Anita Norich, Frankel

Institute Executive Director, at 734-763-9047 or

JudaicStudies(at)umich(dot)edu.

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8. Call for Applications: Endangered Archives Programme (Wallace)

From: David.Clover(at)sas(dot)ac(dot)uk

via: H-CARIBBEAN(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 14:56:21 -0400

Endangered Archives Programme Call for Applications

For any enquiries please contact the British Library directly

From: Marion Wallace

British Library

Endangered Archives Programme

Call for applications

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting applications for the next round of funding.  Detailed information on the timetable, criteria, eligibility and procedures for applying for a grant is available on the Programme's website.  The deadline for receipt of preliminary applications is 2 November 2007.

The Programme has funded nearly 70 projects in 37 countries, totaling £1.7 million, since its establishment three years ago.  The  Programme is funded by Arcadia, in pursuit of its general aim to support fundamental research into important issues in the humanities and social science.  The focus of the Programme is on the preservation and copying of important but vulnerable archives throughout the world.

The aim is to safeguard archival material relating to societies before 'modernisation' or 'industrialisation' had generated institutional and record-keeping structures for the systematic preservation of historical records, very broadly defined. The relevant time period will therefore vary according to the society.  The Programme is completely open as to theme and regional interest, although applications concerned with non-western societies are particularly welcomed.

The Programme's objectives are achieved principally by making a number of grants to individual researchers to locate relevant collections, to arrange their transfer to suitable local archival home where possible, and to deliver copies to the British Library and a local institution for the benefit of researchers worldwide.  Pilot projects are particularly welcomed, to investigate the survival of archival collections on a particular subject, in a discrete region, or in a specific format, and the feasibility of their recovery.

For the purposes of the Programme, archives will be interpreted widely to include not only rare printed sources (books, serials, newspapers, ephemera) and manuscripts, but also visual materials (drawings, paintings, prints, posters, photographs), audio or video recordings and digital data.  In all cases, the validity of archival materials for inclusion in the Programme will be assessed by their relevance as source materials for the pre-industrial stage of a society's history.

The Programme does not offer grants to support the normal running activities of an archive, although the Programme may offer support for such items as costs directly related to the acceptance of relocated material.

The Programme is administered by the British Library and applications are considered in an annual competition by an international panel of historians and archivists.

For further details of the projects funded to date as well as application

procedures, please visit the Programme's website.

Web:   www.bl.uk/endangeredarchives <http://www.bl.uk/endangeredarchives>

Email: endangeredarchives(at)bl(dot)uk

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9. Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Applications (Shalev)

From:             Grants <grants(at)jewishculture(dot)org>

via: Judaic and Near Eastern Studies <judaic(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date:             Tue, 09 Oct 2007 10:33:25 -0400

We are pleased to announce that applications for the Foundation for Jewish

Culture's 2008-2009 Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies are now available. The  Fellowships are made for one academic year and are given for the final stages of completing a dissertation. For over forty years, more than 600 rising scholars have been recognized with this prestigious award; in 2008, up to five Fellowships ranging from $16,000 to $20,000 will be granted, marking an increase in award size from previous years.

Applicants for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships must:

*        Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have

completed all academic requirements for the doctoral degree, except the dissertation, by the date of submission.

*        Demonstrate significant course work in Jewish Studies at the graduate level.

*        Provide evidence of proficiency in a Jewish language adequate for pursuing an academic career in their chosen field.

*        Have a proposal or prospectus that has been approved by a thesis committee.

Preference is given to individuals preparing for academic careers in Jewish Studies, although occasional grants are awarded to students in other fields of the humanities or social sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to Jewish scholarship. A strong preference will be given to individuals who indicate that they will pursue their careers in Jewish Studies in the United States.

We urge all those interested in applying for a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to thoroughly consult the attached set of detailed guidelines for more information about deadlines and eligibility. Guidelines and application form are attached to this e-mail and can also be found at: HYPERLINK "http://www2.jewishculture.org/grants/doctoral- dissertation/application/"http://www2.jewishculture.org/grants/doctoral- dissertation/application/.

Please direct any queries to Talia Shalev at grants(at)jewishculture(dot)org.

With thanks and best wishes,

Talia Shalev

Program Assistant

Foundation for Jewish Culture

212.629.0500 x215

grants(at)jewishculture(dot)org

Note: New Name and Mailing Address

FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE

330 Seventh Avenue

P.O. Box 1342

New York, NY 10116

http://www.jewishculture.org/

Certified or Fed Ex deliveries should still be made to street address: 330

Seventh Ave., 21st Fl. NY, NY 10001

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10. Call for Applications: The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies (Paxton)

From:             Loryn Paxton lpaxton(at)u(dot)washington(dot)edu

Date:             Wed, 10 Oct 2007 11:46:33 -0700

The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2007

 

The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington is welcoming applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies for the academic year 2008-2009.  The Fellowship may be used for either doctoral or post-doctoral research in any field of Jewish Studies including Yiddish and Israel Studies.  Post doctoral applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within the last two years.  Candidates must agree to be in residence at the University of Washington for the tenure of their fellowship.  The Hazel D. Cole Fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $30,000 pending funding for the academic year, will take part in the ongoing Jewish Studies Colloquium, and will offer one undergraduate seminar or lecture course during their tenure.

Applicants from all American and foreign universities are welcome.

Applications should consist of:

 (1) A current curriculum vitae.

 (2) A description (not exceeding five pages) of the proposed research

proposal.

 (3) Three letters of recommendation.

Finalists will be interviewed at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference. Phone interviews may be conducted for finalists who are not able to attend that conference. Information on the date of the Association for Jewish Studies conference can be found at: www.ajsnet.org  All applications (including letters of recommendation) should be received no later than November 15, 2007. Application materials may be mailed to: The Hazel D. Cole Fellowship Search Committee, JSIS, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650 or emailed to: lpaxton(at)u(dot)washington(dot)edu

 

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11. Call for Applications: Yad Hanadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

From: Isaiah Gafni <msgafni(at)pluto(dot)mscc(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il>

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

Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 10:55:54 -0400

Yad Hanadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies

          Yad Hanadiv Fellowships in Jewish Studies For 2008-2009

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 2008). Fellows will spend the academic year in Israel pursuing their own research, while also working with a senior scholar in their field. The fellowship for 2008-2009 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 2007.

Application forms and additional information may be obtained by writing

             Yad Hanadiv/ Beracha Foundation Fellowships

             16 Ibn Gvirol St.

             Jerusalem 92430 ISRAEL

or e-mail:   natania(at)yadhanadiv(dot)org(dot)il

or:   msgafni(at)huji(dot)ac(dot)il

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12. Post Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Ohio University (Goda)

From: Norman J.W. Goda

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

Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 00:01:46 -0400

      Post Doctoral Schusterman Teaching Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Ohio University invites applicants for a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in Jewish Studies. Research specialization is open. Successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his or her field, as well as core courses in Jewish Studies. They will also contribute to the development of a growing Jewish Studies Certificate program. PhD expected by September 2008.

      Send letter of application by November 22, 2007 (including availability for interview at the AJS in Toronto on December 16, or possibly AHA in early January) vita, three recent letters of reference, writing sample, and any supporting teaching materials to Professor Norman J.W. Goda, Jewish Studies Search, Department of History, Ohio University, Ahtens, OH 45701-2979. The Schusterman Teaching Fellowship in Jewish Studies is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, in conjunction with Ohio University. Applicants must visit https://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickfind=53570 to complete the on-line portion of the application. Ohio University, an AA/EOE and encourages women and minorities to apply.

      Contact Info:

      Norman J.W. Goda

      Department of History

      Bentley Hall Annex

      Ohio University

      Athens, OH 45701

      Website: http://www.ohio.edu/history/index.cfm

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13. Call for Applications: Jewish Communal Innovation Competition

From: Rise Singer rsinger(at)brandeis(dot)edu

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

Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 19:23:34 -0400

*Jewish Communal Innovation*

The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University announces a competition, open to creative thinkers of every kind, to produce a major work in the English language that aims to change the way Jews think about themselves and their community.

The winner will be awarded two years to develop his or her idea as the Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis.  Competitive salary, benefits, and research assistance will be awarded to the winner of the competition. For full details see the announcement and terms listed at http://www.brandeis.edu/jcs/resources/job/BronfmanChair.html

Proposals, not to exceed 5 pages, should discuss the proposed project, its intended audience, its relationship to communal issues and debates, its likely impact, and the larger vision that underlies it.  Priority will be given to applications received by November 30, 2007. A symposium for finalists will be held in February/March.

Please send proposals, as well as a  resume including professional accomplishments and teaching experience, and two recommendations to Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna, Chair, Bronfman Chair Search Committee, either by e-mail (sarna(at)brandeis(dot)edu) or c/o Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, MS 037, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Rise Singer

Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program

Brandeis University

http://www.brandeis.edu/jcs

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14. Call For Papers: Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, Vancouver, June 2008 (Schnoor)

From: "Randal Schnoor" <randal(dot)schnoor(at)primus(dot)ca>

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

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 12:01:55 -0400

Association for Canadian Jewish Studies: Call for Papers for Annual Conference at UBC in Vancouver, June 1-3, 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies (ACJS) will be holding its 32nd Annual Conference on June 1-3, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as part of the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities. The conference provides a platform for original scholarly research in Canadian Jewish history, life and culture from an array of disciplines.

People wishing to present a paper of 8-10 pages in length (approximately 2000 words) which concerns some aspect of the Canadian Jewish experience should submit an extended abstract of their paper (approx. 750-1000 words) by January 11, 2008. The abstract, which will be reviewed anonymously, should clearly state the main argument of the paper. Communication with presenters following the extended abstract submission will occur no later than March 7, 2008.

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. Any one paper cannot exceed 20 minutes of speaking time.

Travel subsidies are available for all presenters who have been members of the ACJS for at least one year (graduate students are exempt from this requirement of being a member for at least one year). Subsidy applications will be due early to mid April. Details to follow.

All presenters must be current members of ACJS.

Proposals from those not members of ACJS will not be reviewed. Membership information for ACJS can be found on our website:

http://www.acjs-aejc.ca/membership.html

E-mail proposals to Aviva Atlani, Program Chair:

<mailto:programchair(at)acjs-aejc(dot)ca?subject=Proposals> 

aatlani2(at)uwo(dot)ca

 *PLEASE NOTE: There is a possibility that the ACJS will have a joint  session with the Canadian Historical Association. If you have a paper proposal in the field of Canadian Jewish history and you are interested in being considered for this possible joint session, please submit your proposal by November 12, 2007. The following are themes of interest identified by the Canadian Historical Association:

*         Childhood, youth, and generations

*         Environments, cultures, and power

*         Migrations, place, and identities

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15. Submissions to Re-Visioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions In Transition (Bronner)

From: "Simon J Bronner" <sbronner(at)psu(dot)edu>

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

Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 18:07:12 -0400

Reminder: Re-Visioning Ritual Volume Deadline

A Reminder about upcoming deadline for submissions to the Jewish Cultural Studies publication, "Re-Visioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions In Transition":

Papers are sought that interpret changes and controversies in Jewish rituals and celebrations, and inventions and revivals of Jewish traditions. Rituals and traditions are defined broadly to include secular as well as religious observances of Jewish identity and heritage. The editorial board is especially looking for critical inquiry into various symbolic uses of ritual that raise questions about the encounter of Jewish groups with dominant societies and modernity, and the variety of cultural practices within the Jewish world. For example, contributions can analyze the creation of rituals for Havarot, popularization of ritual observances for females once reserved for males (e.g., Simhat Bat, Bat Mitzvah), the ritualization of Holocaust memorial observances (Yom Hashoah, UN Holocaust Remembrance Day), controversies over Jewish ritual circumcision, sociopolitical variations of Passover (feminist, Black-Jewish) seders, organized efforts to renew the ritual practice of laying teffilin and observance of Sukkot, variations in yohrzeit and funerary observances, controversies over the practice of Kaparot, and popularization of klezmer and Jewish festivals. The title of the volume refers to the concern for the way that meaning is envisioned--constructed and communicated--as well as how practices are conducted.

Deadline for submissions for Re-Visioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions In Transition: October 1, 2007. Potential contributors are encouraged to contact the editor about submission date after this deadline.

Format and Guidelines for Submissions: 8,000-12,000 word essays in English, prepared electronically in Word with in-text citation.

Contact: Jewish Cultural Studies Editor Professor Simon J. Bronner, School of Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898 USA, sbronner(at)psu(dot)edu

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16. Call For Papers: Jewish Onomastics (Demsky)

From: "Martin Lockshin" <lockshin(at)yorku(dot)ca>

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

Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 09:18:58 -0400

Call for Papers      Jewish Names   (October 1, 2007)

I am happy to inform you that the Organizing Committee of the forthcoming International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS 23) to be held from Sunday, August 17 to Friday, August 22, 2008 at York University, Toronto  (Canada) has asked me to create a section on Jewish names. This is a first in the field of Jewish onomastics and we want it to be a success. While papers on all aspects of onomastics are welcome (e.g. personal names, family names, place names, names in literature, brand names, etc.), ICOS2008 will have the following central theme:

Names in Contact: Names in a Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic World

We are now accepting proposals for papers on Jewish names and naming patterns from the Biblical to the Modern periods reflecting all the relevant disciplines of literature, history, linguistics, sociology, folklore and toponymy, etc. In particular, we want to encourage scholars researching North America or the western hemisphere. Please submit an abstract of 200 words to Prof Demsky below. Deadline for submission of proposed papers: October 31, 2007

For further details on the Congress program including scheduled outings and fees see the congress web-site:  http://www.yorku.ca/vpaweb/ICOS2008.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Professor Aaron Demsky

Professor, History of Ancient Israel

Director, Project for the Study of Jewish Names

Department of Jewish History

Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan

demskya(at)mail(dot)biu(dot)ac(dot)il

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17. Call for Papers: The Middle Classes of Eastern Mediterranean Port Cities (Chronakis and Gekas)

From: Paris Papamichos Chronakis <pchronakis(at)gmail(dot)com> and Dr. Athanassios (Sakis) Gekas <Athanasios(dot)gekas(at)eui(dot)eu>

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

Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 09:26:21 -0400

      Bourgeois Seas: Revisiting the Middle Classes of Eastern Mediterranean

Port Cities

      European University Institute, Florence

      19-20 September 2008

      We are seeking proposals for papers willing to revisit, expand, challenge and invigorate the discussion on Eastern Mediterranean port bourgeoisies. Initiated in the mid-1980s this discussion focused on some of the "classic hybrid Eurasian port cities of the nineteenth century", and approached the emergence of bourgeoisies in the Eastern Mediterranean as a corollary of the incorporation of the Ottoman Empire -as a periphery- to the core of the world economy. More than twenty years on, there are few historians nowadays willing to subscribe to class formation and the emergence of a single bourgeoisie in Eastern Mediterranean port cities as a mere product of increased trade. The abandonment of this explanatory model has nevertheless been accompanied by an unwillingness to examine class formation and class relations altogether. Although there has recently been a notable surge of interest in the study of non-European middle classes as well as of Eastern Mediterranean port cities, most historians working on the field of the Eastern Mediterranean rarely treat port cities as sites where power was articulated and exercised, where classes were formed, lived, and contested, and where bourgeoisies asserted their class hegemony. The conference therefore aims at bringing these two critical, but so far parallel, historiographical trends together.

      Following recent historiographical trends but without ignoring the achievements of the previous generation, we therefore welcome proposals on any port city of the Eastern Mediterranean during the long nineteenth century, until about the aftermath of the First World War. We approach the " Eastern Mediterranean" as a historically defined social and economic space spanning from the ports of Trieste in the West to the ports of Odessa and Alexandria in the East. Class is the focus point of the conference, but class formation is not taken as a given historical development waiting to happen. Rather, research on the "middle classes", or "bourgeoisies", of these ports is an opportunity to rethink its usefulness as a category of analysis for the Eastern Mediterranean historical realities. Questions we would like contributors to address include:

      · the ways, sites and character of port city bourgeois hegemony and its contestation; the harbour and quay as distinctive sites of changing economic practices, middle class cohesion and conflicting labour relations;

      · the interplay between class and other aspects of identity (such as gender, religion, ethnicity and occupation), and how these different aspects of identity infuse each other and structure power relations in the ports of interest;

      · the relationship between state and class, namely the impact of governance (central and municipal) on middle class identities;

      · the relation between older and newer forms of social ordering, in particular the relation between class and community and the functioning of class as both an intra-communal form of social differentiation and an inter-communal form of identification;

      · the emergence of the 'social' itself as both a discursive category and a demarcated field of collective action in Eastern Mediterranean port cities ; its constitution through and its interaction with discourses on the "middle classes" and "middle-class" practices (such as philanthropy).

      Although our emphasis is on a close analysis of the particular workings of class in the various Eastern Mediterranean port cities, we would also like to think about possible new integrative frameworks of analysis. Port cities have recently been identified as one of the most promising fields in the attempt to connect social history with global history. We therefore hope that an examination of middle classes inhabiting a maritime environment comprised of port cities that belonged to different administrative entities (whether to centuries-old empires or to emerging nation states), will allow us to place Eastern Mediterranean experience within a global history context.

      The conference will take place at the European University Institute in Florence in September 2008. Applicants are welcome to send abstracts of about 350 to 500 words by the end of January 2008. Authors will be notified by the end of March 2008. Papers will be circulated in advance in order to facilitate discussion among participants and it is expected that the conference will lead to a publication of an edited volume. For information and submission of abstracts please contact

      Paris Papamichos Chronakis (University of Crete)

      Email: pchronakis(at)gmail(dot)com

     

      Dr. Athanassios (Sakis) Gekas

      Email: Athanasios(dot)gekas(at)eui(dot)eu

Visit the website at http://bourgeoiseas.blogspot.com/

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18. Call for Papers: 2008 Conference on Inquisition Studies (Chuchiak)

From: "A. Katie Harris" <akharris(at)ucdavis(dot)edu>

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

Date:             Sun, 7 Oct 2007 00:01:23 -0400

Dear colleagues:

The call for papers and panel proposals for the 2008 Academic Conference on Inquisition Studies (Inquisitions & Empires) is posted below.

The first Inquisition Conference organized by the International Society for Inquisition Studies and the History Department of Missouri State University will be held in Springfield Missouri, Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, 2008, in conjunction with the proposed Second International Seminar on the Inquisition and Ecclesiastical Justice (February 8-10, 2008), which is co-sponsored by a grant from the Ministry of Education of Spain, the Department of History at Missouri State University, and the University of the Basque Country (Spain).

Please distribute this call for papers and proposals widely, and please forward it to interested scholars and graduate students who may wish to participate.

Thank you very much,

John F. Chuchiak IV

Conference Details

~ Conference dates: Friday February 8 to Sunday February 10, 2008

~ Location: Hawthorn Park Hotel, Springfield, Missouri

~ Conference sponsors: Department of History at Missouri State University and the University of the Basque Country

Conference fee: $20 (payable to Department of History, Missouri State

University)

~ Queries about the conference should be sent to

JohnChuchiak(at)missouristate(dot)edu

The conference will provide an opportunity for both scholars and graduate students to share original research on a variety of topics concerning the Inquisition and ecclesiastical justice, as well as other topics related to the wider use of Inquisition and ecclesiastical sources for the study of the social, cultural, and religious history of Europe and the Americas.

Proposals for Papers or Panel Discussions

Submissions for individual papers or organized sessions and panels that focus on research concerning all regions, time periods, areas, and sub-disciplines pertaining to the Inquisition and the administration of ecclesiastical discipline are welcome, as are all socio-cultural studies and histories that use Inquisition trials and documents as their primary source base. Paper and panel submissions using comparative, interdisciplinary, critical, and analytical studies as well as narrative histories are encouraged.

Proposals for papers or panels are accepted electronically or by regular mail. Please include all the information requested in the form to ensure prompt and accurate conference mailings. Graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for program applications is December 31, 2007

To propose a panel or an individual paper, please send the completed form (on page 4), along with a one-page abstract for each proposed paper by December 31, 2007 to one of the following:

Dr. John F. Chuchiak, IV,

Coordinator

Department of History

Missouri State University

901 South National Avenue

Springfield,MO 65897

Phone (417) 836-5425

Fax (417) 836-5523

Email JohnChuchiak(at)missouristate(dot)edu

Assistant Coordinator

Dr. Kimberly Lynn Hossain

Department of Liberal Studies

Western Washington University

Bond Hall 164, 516 High Street

Bellingham,WA 98225-9064

Phone (360) 650-4869

Fax (360) 650-6713

Email Kimberly(dot)Hossain(at)wwu(dot)edu

Assistant Coordinator

Dr. David Tavárez

Department of Anthropology

Box 701,Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Phone 845-437-5504

Email tavarez(at)vassar(dot)edu

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19. Call for Papers: Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, Vancouver, June 2008 (Robinson)

From: "Ira Robinson" <robinso(at)alcor(dot)concordia(dot)ca>

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

Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:11:53 -0400

Canadian Society for Jewish Studies

Call for Papers

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS) invites proposals for panels and individual presentations for the annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies on June 1-3, 2008 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies 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 11, 2008.  The abstract should clearly explain the main argument of the paper.  The committee will respond to proposals by March 7, 2008.

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/>

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.>

Proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Daniel Maoz, Program Chair

maoz(at)sympatico(dot)ca

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20. Conference Program: A celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa (Robinson)

From: "Ira Robinson" <ira(dot)robinson(at)sympatico(dot)ca>

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

Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 19:27:15 -0400

Conference Program:

A celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa, October 24-25

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only the program from day 2, which is relevant to this listerve, is included below.]

Day 2: Thursday, Oct 25th

12:30-2:00 Session 5A

5A. Montreal: Shifting Cityscapes

Chair: Ira Robinson

1. Lillooet Nordlinger McDonnell. The Franco-Sephardim of Montréal: a Francophone Minority in Québec

2. William Shaffir. Hassidim Confronting Modernity

3. Pierre Anctil. Hershl Novak et la fondation de la 1ère école yiddish de Montréal | Hershl Novak and the Founding of the First Yiddish School in Montréal

For further information, please contact:

Ira Robinson

Professor of Judaic Studies

Concordia University

Montreal, Quebec

Tel.  514-848-2424, x 2074

Fax  514-848-4541

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21. Digitized Ladino Library (Rodrigue)

From:             Mediterranean Forum - Stanford University <mediterranean(dot)stanford(at)gmail(dot)com>

Date:             Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:11:39 -0700

I am happy to announce the inauguration of the Digitized Ladino Library by the Sephardi Studies Project at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum at Stanford University:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/mediterranean/seph_project/index.html

This is a library that will continue to grow with periodic additions.

Aron Rodrigue

Director, Mediterranean Studies Forum

Chair, Department of History

Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies and Professor of History

Stanford University

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Mediterranean Studies Forum

Encina Hall West, Rm 211

Stanford University, CA 94305-6045

T:(650) 736 8169

F:(650) 723 3010

http://www.stanford.edu/group/mediterranean/

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22. New Paperback Edition: _Marrano Poets of the Seventeenth Century_ (Craddock)

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

Date:             Wed, 03 Oct 2007 17:16:06 +0000

From The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

I am writing to let you know that we will publish a paperback edition of _Marrano Poets of the Seventeenth Century_ edited and translated by Timothy Oelman on 4 October.

To order copies, please contact your usual supplier or the address given atthe end of this message.

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

_Marrano Poets of the Seventeenth Century: An Anthology of the Poetry of João Pinto Delgado, Antonio Enríquez Gómez, and Miguel de Barrios_

Edited and translated by TIMOTHY OELMAN

The story of the Marranos (the Jewish converts to Christianity in Spain and Portugal) has long been a source of fascination for Jews interested in their heritage and for all those concerned with the struggle for freedom of conscience against authoritarianism. This volume presents selected works from three Marrano poets, together with translations into English and explanatory notes. Each of the three poets is introduced with a biography and brief critical assessment. In a general introduction the editor explains the historical and literary background of their works and examines the inter-relationship between the Jewish and Christian cultural elements. Drawing on a wide range of published and manuscript sources, he gives a balanced picture of the Marranos and describes the process of Jewish re-education they had to undergo in order to reach their goal of integration with authentic Judaism in the Jewish communities outside the Iberian peninsula.

The three poets, João Pinto Delgado, Antonio Enríquez Gómez, and Miguel de Barrios, are presented against this background as exemplifying three different “paths to Judaism”, which nonetheless have in common the dramatic experience of life under the Inquisition and the halfway house of the Marrano communities. Symbols of exile and insecurity abound. Each poet shares a sense of guilt over his past observance of Christianity and endeavours to reach out towards the authentic sources of the Jewish tradition, such as the Talmud and the rabbinic commentaries, to invest his writings with a greater cultural depth.

The poems in this volume have been selected with the aim of giving a representative view of each individual poet¹s experience and particular literary talents. Through the translations and notes the general reader is provided with insight into their significance and purpose. The specialist reader, too, will gain from finding the writings of three little-known poets of similar background brought together for the first time and set in context.

296 pages, paperback

978-1-904113-69-0   £16.95 / $27.95

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

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23. _Ha’aretz_ Article on a Ladino Conference in Jerusalem (Quintana)

From:             Aldina Quintana <msquin(at)mscc(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il>

Date:             Fri, 12 Oct 2007 01:12:41 +0200

Ayer tuvo lugar en Jerusalén un congreso abierto al público y, por tanto, no organizado en el ámbito académico aunque sí participaron algunos profesores de universidades israelíes: Moshe Idel, Yaron Ben-Naeh, Shmuel Refael o Alisa Gieno. Tengo que decir que no estuve y por tanto, no sé exactamente lo que los conferencintes dijeron. El siguiente artículo apareció hoy en el diario Haaretz en sus versiones inglesa y hebrea. Os recomiendo leerlo, y que cada uno/a saque sus propias conclusiones.

Hay que decir que el periodista que firma el artículo, muy conocido e influyente en Israel, jefe de la sección de cultura del diaro, es descentiente de sefardíes de Edirne y por lo que se ve, tiene alguna cuenta pendiente con su pasado familiar.

En el atacho os mando la versión hebrea que es más larga y todavía más explícita.

Saludos,

Aldina

A language less spoken: Conference hopes to revive Ladino

By Benny Ziffer

Last Update: 11/10/2007 02:35 [October 11, 2007]

    

      The audience at "Sephardic Jews and Ladino," a conference held yesterday at Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim, was no less interesting than the academics and distinguished figures on the dais. There was a descendant of Abraham Senior, who as everyone familiar with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain knows was the rabbi who gave in to pressure from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and converted to Christianity. Senior's Jerusalem progeny is, of course, a completely observant Jew, bubbling with good cheer, who called out Ladino proverbs from his seat in the front row. The great granddaughter of Eliezer Benveniste was there, too, in a back row. Benveniste Sr. was a publisher, one of the first to issue books in Ladino in the late 19th century. There was also a man who worked on a Ladino crossword puzzle, surrounded by rabbis who had attended so many lectures on the language that they recited, like children, the dates and names and songs and sayings together with the speakers.

      Researchers and their fans and the few remaining speakers of a language that for centuries served the Jews of Turkey, the Balkans and the Middle East have not given up. They continue to fight to preserve Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, which apparently has achieved "museum" status. The National Authority for Ladino Language and Culture, which is headed by former President Yitzhak Navon, yesterday gloried in what was billed as the first public conference on Ladino literature.

    

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            The question is whether there is anything on which to confer. About a year ago I was invited to Yad Ben Zvi in Jerusalem. Dr. Yaron Ben-Naeh, an expert in Jewish history during the Ottoman Empire, ushered me into the holy of holies of the institution's library - the rare books wing. Books in Ladino take up less than a wall and a half of shelf space. Apparently that is nearly all there is, according to Ladino literature researcher Dov Hacohen of Bar Ilan University and Yad Ben Zvi. It's not much in comparison to the endless treasures of Yiddish, Ladino's rival since the creation of the state.

            Still, participants insisted on speaking of "Ladino literature," even when the material was in fact advertising, aimed at getting readers to contribute to some yeshiva. Hacohen, who spoke on Ladino publications in Jerusalem since 1500, was a crowd-pleaser with his presentation of these rare documents. In one, consisting of Ladino mixed with Arabic, the Jewish target audience is warned against sitting in kahwe houses or enjoying the merriments of the Gentiles. But is it literature?

            Literature was a luxury for Ladino speakers. The novels and poetry written in the language are on such a primitive, basic level as to evoke pity.

            Conferences of this type attempt to inculcate a non-arrogant stance toward the aging or moribund languages of the Jewish people and to gradually make Ladino an accepted subject for study. It worked with Yiddish. With Ladino, the process is slower, perhaps impossible so much so that when one hears Ladino, the response is nearly always laughter.

          

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=ladino&itemNo=911618

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24. Study Tour to Inka Jews of Peru (Margulies)

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

Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 11:53:32 -0400

      In conjunction with the "B'nai Moshe" community of Inka Jews of Northern Peru, the MBIDE is organizing a study tour to coincide with the celebration of Passover. We will celebrate the Passover holiday with the B'nai Moshe community and explore their history and daily life. In addition to the B'nai Moshe, we will also explore during the week the culture, ecology, archeology and history of the immediate region of Northern Peru. We will also spend two nights in Peru's historic capital city of Lima. Please call Dr. Hune Margulies (914-439-7731) or write an email to Hune(at)MartinBuberInstitute(dot)org for more information and trip particulars.

     Hune Margulies, Ph.D., Director

      The Martin Buber Institute For Dialogical Ecology

      Larchmont, NY 10538

      914-439-7731

      Email: hune(at)martinbuberinstitute(dot)org

      Visit the website at http://MBIDE.blogspot.com

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25. Mathilde Tagger partners with SephardicGen (Malka)

From:             "JeffMalka(at)SephardicGen" <JeffMalka(at)SephardicGen(dot)com>

Date:             Mon, 15 Oct 2007 08:53:09 -0400

It is my great pleasure to announce that Mathilde Tagger, award winning co-author of the book "Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel" and recipient of this year's IAJGS's Lifetime Achievement Award, has kindly decided to place all the many Sephardic databases she has created over the years on

the SephardicGen Resources website (http://www.SephardicGen.com)

the comprehensive website for Sephardic genealogy. 

To facilitate access to the information in Mathilde Tagger's work I created special search engines that help locate names of people and places in the many databases. The list of new databases (plus links to other databases of Sephardic Genealogy interest on the web) can be found at www.SephardicGen.com/databases/databases.html . I particularly wish to thank Steve Morse (another IAJGS award winner) for his generous help and expert advice without which the search engines would not have been possible.

The SephardicGen Resources website, which I first created in 1998, can be found at

 http://www.SephardicGen.com

and is designed to provide not only extensive help for both the new and experienced Sephardic genealogist but also provides links to all the other main Sephardic genealogy resources available on the web. From its main page (above) one can access the several sections of this extensive website which is devoted entirely to Sephardic genealogy:

SEPHARDIC HISTORY - articles and links on Sephardic History

SEPHARDIC GENEALOGY - articles and links on Sephardic Genealogy

WEBSITES BY COUNTRY - links to Sephardic websites and archives by country.

**SEARCH THE DATABASES - the new section which hosts Mathilde Tagger's databases with search engines (See www.SephardicGen.com/databases/databases.html  )

including a newly prepared searchable annotated Index of almost 3,000 names from Abraham Galante's "Histoire des Juifs de Turquie", plus links to other databases of Sephardic Genealogy interest found on the web

SEPHARDIC SURNAMES - articles and lists of Sephardic surnames plus links to other websites that contain lists of names

SEPHARDIC GAZETTEER - search for places Sephardic Jews lived by both their modern names and their alternative or older names and link to maps

ARCHIVES - list of useful archives (see also the specialized archives listed under the section "Websites by Country")

BOOKS - extensive bibliography of Sephardic books sorted by topic and country

HOW TO START - advice on how to start in Sephardic genealogy

SEPHARDIC FAMILY TREES - links to the Sephardic Family Trees on the web

GENEALOGY FORMS - essential forms for the genealogist

SEPHARDIC NEWSLISTS - links to available Sephardic Newslists

CALENDAR CONVERSION - tools to convert dates to and from the Hebrew, Gregorian, Islamic, Turkish, etc. calendars.

In addition there is a page of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to assist the visitor.

If you have not visited www.SephardicGen.com in some time, you are invited to make use of all its riches.

Comments, additions, or suggestions are very welcome.

Jeff Malka

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

    "Resources for Sephardic Genealogy" website:  http://www.sephardicgen.com/

    "SefardSIG: Sephardic Genealogy at JewishGen" website:    http://www.jewishgen.org/sefardsig/

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26. Query: Rabbinic Thesis on Judeo-Maghrebi Literature (Lewis)

From:             Craig Lewis <cjlewis(at)cinci(dot)rr(dot)com>

Date:             Mon, 15 Oct 2007 23:40:35 -0400

To whom it concerns,

I am a 5th year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. I am working on my thesis on the topic of French Literature of the North African Jewish Communities.

Are there any resources available, scholarly publications, mentors, etc. who might be able to assist me in my work? I have already done quite a bit of reading and research and have entered the writing phase, but I am always looking for new avenues of information and guidance.

Thank you for your support,

Shalom,

Craig Lewis

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27. Query: Jews in Spain post-1492 (Carasik)

From: "Michael Carasik" <mcarasik(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu>

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

Date:    Tue, 2 Oct 2007 22:48:37 -0400

Friends,

I've been reading a book called "The Bible in Spain," by George Borrow -- a 19th-century travelogue of a Protestant who was distributing the New Testament in Spain in the face of Catholic opposition. In ch. 44 he writes:

"What I am about to state will seem incomprehensible, but a singular history and a singular people are connected with it: the man placed himself before my horse so as to bar the way, and said, 'Schophon,' which in the Hebrew tongue, signifies a rabbit. I knew this word to be one of the Jewish countersigns, and asked the man if he had anything to communicate? He said, 'You must not enter the town’" (Borrow seems to have prided himself on letting the Jews think he was one of them.)

Can anyone tell me anything about these "Jewish countersigns," and more generally point me to a description of Jews in Spain between 1492 and the 20th century?

Thanks,

Michael Carasik

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