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Week of Monday, August 1, 2010 (21 Av 5770), Part II of II

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Index:

1. This is the Last Issue of Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List Under My Editorship/Moderation (Ben-Ur)

2. Call for a New Editor/Moderator, Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List (Kligman)

3. New Publication: the _Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World_, 5
volume printed set (Goldstein)

4. New Publication: _Oh, Lovely Parrot: Jewish Women?s Songs from
Kerala_ (Johnson)

5. _Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Jewish Woman Remembers_ Still Available
for Purchase (Johnson)

6. List of Sephardi Books by Shelomo Alfassa (Alfassa)

7. New Publication: Seroussi and Havassy, _Incipitario sefardí: El
cancionero judeoespañol en fuentes hebreas (siglos XV-XIX)_ (Havassy)

8. New Publication: "Is 'Sephardic' a Name Brand?," in _Conversations_
(Mushabac)

9. Ladino Radio Program: ?Emisión en Sefardí? (Monsein)

10. Call for Panelists: "The Jewish Atlantic World" at the Society of
Early Americanists? Seventh Biennial Conference (Leibman)

11. Call for Applications: "Travel Facts, Travel Fictions, and the
Performance of Jewish Identity," Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the
University of Pennsylvania (Allen)

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1. This is the Last Issue of Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List Under My Editorship/Moderation (Ben-Ur)

Dear subscribers and readers:

As announced last June, this issue, part II of August 1, 2010, is the
last issue of the Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
under my editorship/moderation. Once again, I would like to thank you
all for your interest and support over these past twelve years.

I have received overwhelming response from subscribers who wish the
listserv to continue. Mark Kligman, Professor of Musicology at Hebrew
Union College-New York and Head of the Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Section
at the AJS, has agreed to undertake a search for a new
Editor/Moderator. Please direct all inquiries to him (see next message).

Finally, please do not send me any additional notices for posting, nor
inquiries regarding the available position for Editor/Moderator. I
will no longer be posting any inquiries and am not involved in the
search to replace me.

My very best wishes to all. Cheers to the burgeoning field of
Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies!

Aviva Ben-Ur

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2. Call for a New Editor/Moderator, Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List (Kligman)

From: Mark Kligman <mkligman(at)huc(dot)edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:05:28 -0400 [06/28/2010 11:05:28 PM EDT]

The AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Discussion List has been capably
moderated by Aviva Ben-Ur for 12 years. We are now looking for a new
Editor/Moderator to continue updating the Discussion List, which has a
growing number of subscribers worldwide. In addition to a new
Editor/Moderator, the listserv will have to be moved to a new site. If
you are interested and if your institution can host the listserv,
please contact Mark Kligman <mkligman(at)huc(dot)edu>.

We look forward to finding a new Editor/Moderator who can continue the
development of Sephardi/Mizrahi scholarship.

Thank you,
Mark Kligman
Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Section Head, AJS
Professor of Jewish Musicology
Hebrew Union College
212-824-2246
mkligman(at)huc(dot)edu

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3. New Publication: the _Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World_, 5
volume printed set (Goldstein)

From: Sasha Goldstein <Goldstein(at)brill(dot)nl>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:51:23 +0200 [03:51:23 AM EDT]

This is to announce that the _Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic
World_, 5 volume printed set, will be available as of July 2010. All
of the information is available via brill.nl/ejiw . If people are
interested in having their institutions receive a free trial to the
EJIW online they need only have their librarian write to
ejiw(at)brill(dot)nl .

Regards,
Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah
Acquisitions Editor
Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies

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4. New Publication: _Oh, Lovely Parrot: Jewish Women?s Songs from
Kerala_ (Johnson)

From: johnsonb(at)ithaca(dot)edu
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:27:47 -0400 [10:27:47 AM EDT]

This is to announce my CD/book of Kerala Jewish women's folk songs?

Barbara C. Johnson, editor. _Oh, Lovely Parrot: Jewish Women?s Songs
from Kerala_. (CD with 42 Malayalam Jewish songs, booklet with
comments in English & Hebrew; English translations). Jerusalem: Jewish
Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University, 2004.

Click here for flyer (subscribers should visit:
http://www.umass.edu/sephardimizrahi/past_issues/10801two.html).

Barbara C. Johnson
[slight edit]

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5. _Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Jewish Woman Remembers_ Still Available
for Purchase (Johnson)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: This message was written in
response to my unsuccessful attempt in 2008 to order Professor
Johnson?s book for my Sephardic Literatures and Cultures class.]

This is to announce that my co-authored _Ruby of Cochin_ is still
available for purchase on a print on demand basis:
http://www.jewishpub.org/product.php?terms=ruby+daniel&search.x=21&search.y=10

Ruby Daniel and B. Johnson, _Ruby of Cochin: An Indian Jewish Woman
Remembers_ (Philadelphia and Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society,
1995).
If anyone encounters a problem ordering it, please let me know so that
I can contact JPS.

Barbara C. Johnson

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6. List of Sephardi Books by Shelomo Alfassa (Alfassa)

From: salfassa(at)gmail(dot)com
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:40:03 -0400 [07/11/2010 08:40:03 PM EDT]

Sephardic Books by Shelomo Alfassa On Sale Now

_The Sephardic Anousim_. As Jews, we are obligated to help our fellow.
Why would this not would include the descendants of Jews who converted
to other religions? Today, the ancestors of these Jews are coming out
in high numbers searching for truth. As more and more people come
forward, the anousim situation is one that world Jewry must address
and develop solutions for.

_The Palm Tree of Deborah_ (_Tomer Deborah_) is an ethical discourse
devoted to the doctrine of the imitation of the Almighty. In his book,
Kordovero proceeds systematically through the various known attributes
of God and explains how we as humans can work on improving ourselves
by imitating those attributes to the best of our ability.

_History, Politics and Loss: Selected Writings of Shelomo Alfassá_ is
a collection of 62 papers, both published and unpublished, written
between 1995-2008, on various topics related to history, the political
world and the loss of great Jewish personalities.

_A Window into Old Jerusalem: Observations about Jerusalem and the
Holy Land, 1820-1920_. First hand accounts and observations made about
the Jews of Ottoman Jerusalem and the Holy Land. _A Window Into Old
Jerusalem_, a unique collection of short tales and firsthand
observations about Jewish life in Ottoman Jerusalem and the Holy Land,
by travelers who visited during a critical period of transition.

_Reference Guide to the Nazis and Arabs During the Holocaust_. A
concise guide to the relationship and conspiracy of the Nazis and the
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in North Africa and the Middle East during
the era of the Holocaust.

_Ethnic Sephardic Jews in the Medical Literature_. Sephardic and
Ashkenazic Jews were geographically and religiously separate
populations. Because of this separation, these two populations often
display significant differences in the incidence of genetic diseases
and medical conditions. This reference book is a comprehensive
collection of bibliographic citations complete with associated
abstracts from the period 1957-2005.

Shelomo Alfassa
[ed.: slight edit]

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7. New Publication: Seroussi and Havassy, _Incipitario sefardí: El
cancionero judeoespañol en fuentes hebreas (siglos XV-XIX)_ (Havassy)

From: Rivka Havassy <hank(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:36:10 +0200 [04:36:10 AM EDT]

I would like to inform the members of this forum of the publication of
_Incipitario sefardí: El cancionero judeoespañol en fuentes hebreas
(siglos XV-XIX)_ by Edwin Seroussi with the collaboration of Rivka
Havassy (2009).

Authors of piyutim (paraliturgical poems) often used popular and
traditional melodies for their new compositions. To indicate the
melody they chose, the authors usually cited the opening verse (or
other key words) of the model song. These musical codes are called
Incipits. They can help to reconstruct the musical and poetic world of
these authors and their communities. Incipitario sefardí was a
research project designed to collect the verses from Judeo-Spanish
songs that were used as melodic references in Hebrew manuscripts and
print. This was an international research project supported by the
Israel Science Foundation and is carried in collaboration with the
Departamento de Estudios Sefardíes at the Consejo Nacional de
Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid.

The result is Incipitario sefardí: El cancionero judeoespañol en
fuentes hebreas (siglos XV-XIX), published by the CSIC in 2009. More
than 2000 incipits were found, and they represent 655 Judeo-Spanish
texts. Each entry includes the sources of the incipits, the opening
verses of the piyutim which were sung to their melody (and their
authors, if identified), and commentaries which include possible
identification in old Spanish poetry and in the Sephardi oral tradition.

Prof. Edwin Seroussi received the prestigious Toledano Prize
(Jerusalem, October 2009) for this book.

The book can be purchased in:
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC),
Departamento de Publicaciones
C/ Vitruvio, 8.
E-28006 Madrid

Teléfono: +34 91 515 9670.
Fax: +34 91 561 4851.
Correo electrónico: publicaciones(dot)contacto (at) csic(dot)es
Dirección de Internet: http://www.publicaciones.csic.es

Librería Científica Medinaceli.
C/ Duque de Medinaceli, 6
E-28014 Madrid
Teléfono: +34 91 429 5684
Correo electrónico: libreria (at) ch(dot)csic(dot)es

Rivka Havassy

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8. New Publication: "Is 'Sephardic' a Name Brand?," in _Conversations_
(Mushabac)

From: Jane Mushabac <jmushabac(at)earthlink(dot)net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:18:34 -0400 [07/14/2010 02:18:34 PM EDT]

I would like to announce the publication of my recent essay in the
last issue of _Conversations_ 7 [Special Issue on Orthodoxy and
Diversity] (Spring 2010), 22-29.

Jane Mushabac, "Is 'Sephardic' a Name Brand,"
http://www.jewishideas.org/articles/sephardic-name-brand
It appeared in

Jane Mushabac
[ed.: slight edit]

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9. Ladino Radio Program: ?Emisión en Sefardí? (Monsein)

From: Dana Monsein <danamonsein(at)gmail(dot)com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 15:32:54 -0400 [07/06/2010 03:32:54 PM EDT]

I just came across this radio show, "Emisión en Sefardí", (available
by podcast):
http://www.rtve.es/podcast/radio-exterior/emision-en-sefardi/.

Emisión en Sefardí
Radio Exterior Ir a la web de este programa
La "Emisión Sefarad" es un programa kultural de radio, en lingua
sefardí o djudeo-espanyol, que se siente kada lunes enverso Oriente
Medio i Mediterráneo i los martes enverso América Norte i Sur. Sefarad
es uno de los nomvres de Espanya, i el sefardí es una lingua de baza
medieval a la ke se adjuntan palavras de los dialektos i linguas de
las sivdades onde los sefaradim moravan. Matilda i Rajel Barnatán,
madre i ija, aparejan i prezentan las emisiones i sus kontenido por
entero:entrevistas, presonajes, folklor i múzika de ancha diversidad,
aktividades, tradisiones, literaturas i una lingüístika atada a la
kultura ke tyene sus raízes en Espanya. Ansí "Emisión Sefarad" guadra
el trezoro poétiko de los S X al XII en uno de los grandes patrimonios
kulturales entregados a la umanidad. Ansiemzmo la kreasión
kontemporánea arrebive en muestros días i atira el intereso de oyentes
de diversos lugares i paízes.

Dana Monsein

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10. Call for Panelists: "The Jewish Atlantic World" at the Society of
Early Americanists? Seventh Biennial Conference (Leibman)

From: Laura Leibman <leibman(at)reed(dot)edu>
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:31:11 -0700 [07/09/2010 04:31:11 PM EDT]
Call for Papers for a Panel on "The Jewish Atlantic World" at the
Society of Early Americanists? Seventh Biennial Conference, 3-5 March
2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
<http://www.societyofearlyamericanists.org/conference/2011/index.shtml>.

Description: In June of 2006, Jewish History dedicated a special issue
to the phenomenon of port Jews in the Atlantic World. As editor Lois
Dubin noted, the concept of port Jews was originally coined to
encapsulate the ?distinctive role and experience of Jewish merchants
who lived in dynamic Mediterranean and Atlantic port cities in early
modern Europe.? Dubin and her co-authors, however, followed these Jews
across the Atlantic to the North and South American colonies. This
trans-Atlantic leap mirrors the reality of colonial American Jews. In
their own lifetimes, American port Jews rarely stayed put. Rather,
they traveled between various Atlantic ports on both side of the
ocean, marrying and trading with Jews of other key port towns. This
panel seeks papers that address this transnational world of early
America Jews. Proposed papers might explore?but are not limited
to?issues such as trade, slavery, race, messianism, mysticism,
everyday life, politics, gender, education, gravestones, the
synagogue, and the arts. We seek a broad disciplinary range and
encourage submissions from literary scholars, archeologists, art
historians, historians, and scholars of religious studies.
Comparative studies of Jews and other colonists are also welcome.

Please send one-page abstract to Laura Leibman, Reed College
(leibman(at)reed(dot)edu) by September 20th, 2010.

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11. Call for Applications: "Travel Facts, Travel Fictions, and the
Performance of Jewish Identity," Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the
University of Pennsylvania (Allen)

From: Sheila Allen [mailto:allenshe(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu]
via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:26:23 -0400

Fellowship Program at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies:

HERBERT D. KATZ CENTER FOR ADVANCED JUDAIC STUDIES
University of Pennsylvania
Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2011-2012
Application Deadline: November 10, 2010

Travel Facts, Travel Fictions, and the Performance of Jewish Identity

The past decades have seen the emergence of an intense interest in the
subject of travel as a complex range of practices and representations.
The inherent richness and diversity of the evidence, texts, and
materials related to Jewish travel make it a perfect venue to engage
scholars from a broad range of disciplines and periods (ancient,
medieval, and modern history, literature, art and film, anthropology,
postcolonial and gender studies) in a critical dialogue.
Travel writing in particular (in its mimetic, imaginative,
and hybrid modes) has served a variety of social and ideological
functions throughout the ages, and unquestionably, travels of
dislocation and return, pilgrimage, trade and conquest, hold a
prominent place in formative Jewish and non-Jewish fictions of
identity. What cultural and ideological work is performed by these
texts, and how do they produce representations of an-Other and his
world, against which and through which they explore and invent a
particular sense of self? This is the problematic that this research
group will explore. While each mode and each period brings its own
questions and dilemmas, there are a number of common questions and
issues cutting across disciplinary lines that proposals could address:

* What are the institutions and conditions that foster
travel, such as new technologies, concepts of leisure, or commercial
networks linking Jewish communities in far-off places? How do these
factors provide social, political, and economic contexts that
influence both travel fact and travel fiction?
* How do travel discourses engage in a critical dialogue with
"hearth and home," supporting or disturbing dominant perceptions of
centers and margins? How do these categories look like when viewed
through a Jewish lens as opposed to a Christian or Muslim one?
* How do the various genres and discourses of travel writing
interact and influence one another? How does the real affect the
imaginary, and vice versa? How do travel literatures themselves
circulate?=20
* How is the journey depicted in visual media such as
photography, sketches, and film? How is travel imagined in postcards
or touristic advertising?
* To what extent does Jewish travel map onto the movement made
possible by the expanding frontiers of empires, both ancient and
modern? How, for example, do Jewish authors interact with European
models of expansion and discovery?
* While relatively few pre-modern travel narratives were
written by women, travel accounts do raise important issues of gender
agency and representation. How does gender influence both what is seen
and how it is interpreted in the various modes of travel writing?

The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities
and social sciences at all levels, as well as outstanding graduate
students in the final stage of writing their dissertations. Stipend
amounts are based on a fellow's academic standing and financial need
with a maximum of $40,000 for the academic year. The application
deadline is November 10, 2010. Awards will be announced by February 1,
2011.

Applications are available on our website: www.cajs.upenn.edu. For
questions contact: Sheila Allen: allenshe(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu

Sheila Allen

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