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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 5, 2001

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Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur
Monday, November 5, 2001
19 Heshvan 5762


1. Themes for 2001 Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus at AJS (Klein)

2. Themes for 2001 Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus at AJS (Stillman)

3. Seeking Email Address of Norma Joseph (Ben-Ur)

4. Presentations on Portuguese Crypto-Jews and Judeo-Spanish Music (Cohen)

5. Casa Shalom Journal of Marrano-Anusim Studies: New Issue (Mound)

1. Themes for 2001 Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus at AJS (Klein)

From: Elka Klein <>
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2001 11:05 AM

I would like to follow up on Matt Goldish's posting, with a slightly
different suggestion. My perception is that past caucuses have dealt with
two themes -- "why isn't anyone doing Sephardic Studies" and (as Aviva
noted) "Neat, look what we did in the last year."

I would like to suggest that rather than focus on the past we
think about the future. For example: let's use our (rather limited) time
to brainstorm really good ideas for panels for next year's AJS (as I think
Jane Gerber proposed at the end of last year's caucus or the one before).
Or let's have a detailed presentation on teaching, with syllabi
distributed and something concrete to discuss -- maybe someone with a syllabus for a survey course dealing with Sephardi/ Mizrahi Jewry, AND someone with a really good integrated syllabus which incorporates the full experience of world Jewry in period X, and does it in a semester. I know I would learn something useful from such a presentation, something which would help me in my teaching, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

If the caucus remains a chance for people to announce the neat stuff which
happened on their campuses or which is scheduled to happen, I may not come
-- after all, anyone who is on this list has already had a chance to read
about conferences, seminars, symposia, and new publications. Let's do
something that CAN'T be done well on a list, that can be done better by a
bunch of people gathered in a room.

I hope this will be taken in a constructive spirit, as it is meant.

Elka Klein
University of Cincinnati
From: norman stillman <>
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2001 2:20 AM

With regard to the Causus in Washington, I was thinking that it would be very nice indeed if we could get someone from Brandeis to talk about the new Safra Chair, perhaps Jonathan Sarna. There is also a new program in Sephardi Studies at Florida International University with Zion Zohar as the coordinator. I do not know if there are any other new developments of the sort (chairs or programs or specifically designated positions in Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies), but an update by representatives of the institutions would be interesting.

Norman Stillman
University of Oklahoma
3. Seeking Email Address of Norma Joseph (Ben-Ur)

Many thanks to Judith Cohen and Yael Halevi-Wise, who correctly identified the Discussion List subscriber I was seeking: Norma Joseph of Concordia University. Unfortunately, the Concordia University website yielded no results for her under the faculty search. Does anyone happen to have her updated email address? Again, the email address I have that is no longer working is:

Many thanks!

Aviva Ben-Ur
University of Massachusetts Amherst
4. Presentations on Portuguese Crypto-Jews and Judeo-Spanish Music (Cohen)

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2001

hi, sorry for the group message. We're coming back to NYC, or at least I
am; Tamar will decide closer to the date, depending on schoolwork etc. For the closing event of the Portugal and the Jews series, the Portuguese Tourist Office has invited us back; it will be Monday evening November 26th at Shearith Israel, at 7:30 pm; first with a lecture by someone else on Dona Gracia Nasi. It's FREE!! 2 W70th St (near CPW), info 212 2946170, rsvp there or to
nb The flyer says, wine compliments of Abravanel (ancient Sephardic
family) Wines, it says, and refreshments from Le Marais (old Paris Jewish Quarter) Restaurant. I think that's why they want the RSVP's.

Monday afternoon 26th, I'm giving a workshop on Judeo-Spanish songs at
NYU (Judaic Studies)

Hope to see some of you while I'm in NYC (probably Saturday 24-Tuesday evening 27th; the 28th I'll be giving a concert/talk for Hillel/Jewish Studies at Ithaca U.,and maybe at Cornell Medieval Studies, if anyone besides Aron is in Ithaca).

cheers, Judith

Judith Cohen
5. Casa Shalom Journal of Marrano-Anusim Studies: New Issue (Mound)

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Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 7:51 PM

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volume 4 issue 1 Autumn 2001

Report from the Executive Director

Dvora (Mac) Sintes. “The Throwback”
News Items/ Conference/Publications
Prof. Seth Ward. University of Denver “Profiles of Converso Descendents in the Southwest US: Manito, Marrano, Sephardic and Jewish Identities among the Crypto-Jews of contenporary New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
Bookshelf: Dr. Yitzchak Kerem. Review: “Spanish and Portuguese Jews in the Carribean and the Guineas: A Bibliography” by Dr. Mordecai Arbell.
Marrano Snippets
Gloria Mound. Hon. Research Fellow University of Glasgow-1988-2003
“Seder In Majorca –2001”
Sephardic /Marrano Recipes From Jamaica
Dr. David Graizbord. “Converso Merchants As Cultural Border Crossers 1580-1700”.
Dr. Judith Cohen Univ. of Toronto. “A Brief Overview of Musical Traditions Among Crypto-Jews in Portugal”.
Gloria Mound. “Can Marroig, Formentera-In Memoriam”.
Further “Marrano Snippets from France/Spain/Venezuela

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