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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - September 9, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List
Week of September 9, 2001/22 Elul 5761
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <>

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1. Seeking Reproductions of Iraqi Pilgrimage Sites (Meri)

2. Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award Competition in U.S. Immigration History (Gerber)

3. Revised Call for Papers: Sephardim and Mizrahim in the Holocaust (Roumani)

4. Announcement: Sephardic Cassettes from Spain Available (HaTikvah Music)

5. New Publication in Jewish Studies: *The Life of Judaism*, and a Note from the Book's Editor (Goldberg)

1. Seeking Reproductions of Iraqi Pilgrimage Sites (Meri)

From: "Dr. Josef W. Meri" <meri@UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU>
From: Middle Eastern and Islamic Library Collections and Bibliography <LIS-MIDDLE-EAST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
Via: Rachel Simon <rsimon@Princeton.EDU>

Dear Colleagues,

I am nearing completion on two books concerning pilgrimage and the cult of
saints among Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Near East, one of which is
being published by the Oxford University Press. I am interested in
obtaining high quality reproductions of early 20th-century photographs and
even 19th century illustrations of Iraqi pilgrimage sites (internal and
external views) (Muslim, Jewish, Christian) and am willing to reimburse
reasonable reproduction costs out of my research grant. Among the shrines I
am interested in are those of `Ali, Husayn, Ezekiel, Ezra and Nabi Yunus. I
have already consulted a number of secondary works which contain stunning
photographs, but they are not of a high enough quality for publication. Any
assistance on or off-list will be appreciated. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Josef Meri

Dr. Josef W. Meri, D.Phil. (Wolfson)
University of California Berkeley


2. Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award Competition in U.S. Immigration History (Gerber)

From: David A Gerber <>
Via: H-NET List on Ethnic History <H-ETHNIC@H-NET.MSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 08:10:12 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Saloutos Memorial Book Award,2001

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society announces the annual Theodore
Saloutos Memorial Book Award Competition for 2001. The 2001 award will be
presented for the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration
history of the United States. "Immigration history" is defined as the
history of the movement of peoples from other countries to the United
States, of the repatriation movements of immigrants, and of the
consequences of such migrations, whether for the United States or for the
countries of origin. To be eligible for the award, a book must be
copyrighted "2001," must be based on substantial research in primary
sources, and must present a major new scholarly interpretation. A book may
be nominated by its author, the publisher, a member of the prize
committee, or a member of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

Inquiries and nominations should be submitted to the chair of the 2001
Saloutos Prize Committee: Professor David A. Gerber, Department of
History, State University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York, 14260-4130, or

Copies of the book must be received by the three members of the committee
by December 31, 2001. Send books to Professor Gerber at the above
departmental address as well as to: Professor Erika Lee, Department of
History, University of Minnesota, 614 Social Sciences, Minneapolis, MN
55455; and Professor Camille Guerin-Gonzales, (before 1 September)
Department of History, 204 Hellums, CB234, Boulder, CO 80309-0234, or
(after 1 September) Reader Services, The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford
Road, San Marino, CA 91108.
3. Revised Call for Papers: Sephardim and Mizrahim in the Holocaust (Roumani)

From: Maurice M. Roumani <>
Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 1:16 PM

The Holocaust is usually associated with European Jewry. The suffering of other Jewish communities, such as those in the Middle East and North Africa, at the hands of the Germans or their proxies was minimal compared to what occurred in Europe. Nevertheless, Germany's penetration into the Middle East and North Africa did not spare the Jewish communities with whom they came in contact. The fact that the success of the Germans was only partially realized was due to the turn of events at the battle of El-Alamein and the subsequent defeat of the German forces in North Africa.


This is the first international conference to look into how these communities were affected by the Holocaust and to enable their stories to be told.

The conference welcomes proposals on all communities where Jews were subjected to Nazi occupation, persecution, internment in camps and forced labor. Scholars are urged to present any documents and/or stories of survivors of the period between 1941 and 1945.

Deadline for submission of abstract of papers (preferably by e-mail) is
October 31, 2001.

Papers submitted at the conference will be considered for publication in a volume on the subject.

For information contact
Dr. Maurice M. Roumani
Director, Elyachar Center for Sephardi Studies
Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
telephone: +972-8-6461-134
fax: +972-8-6472-914

4. Announcement: Sephardic Cassettes from Spain Available (HaTikvah Music)

Via: Robert A Rothstein <>
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2001 12:36 PM

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: the following items may be of interest to those teaching about Sephardic culture, literature and music].

We just received a VERY limited quantity of Sephardic cassettes from Spain.
Some of these selections have been included on various Sephardic
"collections," while others have never been available on CD. These titles are NOT found on our web site.

Included in our selections, is "Poetas Hebreos De Al-Andalus", poetry recited in "Ladino," and "Nochada De Salonica" by Santiago Blasco and Adela Rubio. Neither of these recording have been transferred to CD in their entirety, and quantities are VERY limited.

We are offering these tapes at $11.00--shipping included within the US.

1) Poetas Hebreos De Al-Andalus (Siglo X-XII) - El Silbo Vulnerado

2) "Nochada de Salonica" - Santiago Blasco & Adela Rubio

3) "Canciones Y Musicos De Sefarad Volume 1" - Various Artists

4) "Canciones Y Musicos De Sefarad Volume 2" - Various Artists

5) "Cantabile- Canciones Tradicionales Judeo Espanolas-Yemenitas-Israelies"-
Coro Del Conservatorio Municipal De Petha-Tikwa Y Ensamble Renaissance.

We now stock approximately 180 "Ladino" CDs in the various traditions,
Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Morocco, etc. To see a partial listing of our
Ladino titles, go to:

For more Sephardic Titles (not in Judeo Espagnol), go to this page on our

Thank You
Hatikvah Music
323) 655-7083
5. New Publication in Jewish Studies: *The Life of Judaism* and a Note from the Book's Editor (Goldberg)

From: Harvey Goldberg <>
Date: Friday, September 7, 2001 7:00 AM

I would like to call to the attention of the List an edited book
entitled *The Life of Judaism* which should appear toward the end of this
calendar year. Some details of the book are found on the following
which is part of the University of California Press website.
The book is part of a series on world religions (all with titles: *The
Life of...*) which stresses how the religions are lived today, rather
than their history or a sketch of their sacred texts. All the books in
the series are aimed for undergrauate teaching.

I convey this information because in selecting the 15 chapters, I
worked on the assumption that "Sephardi" (non-Ashkenazi?) Jewry is an
integral part of world Jewry today and not a separate topic. Thus there
are articles that relate to life in Tunisia, elderly Sephardi women in
Jerusalem, Jews from Italy, both Ashkenazim and Sephardim at the Kotel,
a mostly Moroccan pilgrimage in Northern Israel, and some features of
the life of Jews from Ethiopia in Israel. I hope that this is a step in
the right direction of getting across the educational message of the
interrelationship of all contemporary Jewry.

Respectfully submitted, Harvey E. Goldberg

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The List sends its warm congratulations to Professor Goldberg and his contributors on their new contribution.]

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