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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - December 9, 2001

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <>
Week of Sunday, December 9, 2001 24 Kislev 6762)

1. Schedule for AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus (Stillman/Ben-Ur)

2. AJS Jewish Language Sessions with Sephardi/Mizrahi Content (Bunin Benor)

3. Contemporary Ladino Literature (Amado Bornick)

4. Contemporary Ladino Literature (Sheynin)

5. New Publication: *Life of Judaism* (Goldberg)

1. Schedule for AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus (Stillman/Ben-Ur)

From: Noam Stillman and Aviva Ben-Ur <> and <>

We are pleased to announce the final schedule for the AJS Sepahrdi/Mizrahi Caucus on Monday, December 17 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

1. Integrative syllabus presentation, with Daniel Schroeter, 12:00-12:20. Professor Schroeter is Professor and Teller Family Chair in Jewish History in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine.

2. Brainstorming session for next year's proposals, with Zion Zohar 12:20-12:40. Professor Zohar is the Director of the Sephardic Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami.

3. Presentation on the new Sephardi Studies chair at Brandeis University, with Antony Polonsky, 12:40-1:00. Professor Polonsky is the Albert Abramson Chair of Holocaust Studies and a professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Since time is limited, we ask that everyone arrive on time and help us stick to our three 20-minute slots.

Safe travels!

Norman Stillman, Chair
Aviva Ben-Ur, "virtual" organizor

2. AJS Jewish Language Sessions with Sephardi/Mizrahi Content (Bunin Benor)

From: Sarah Bunin Benor <>
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2001 8:24 PM

Note: Both of the Jewish language sessions listed below include papers on
Sephardic/Mizrachi Jews:

**Jewish Languages and Identity (6.11 Monday, 1:30)**
Chair: Lewis H. Glinert (Dartmouth College)

Writing in Yiddish: Marginalization and Language Choices
Miriam Isaacs (University of Maryland)

Eastern European Karaite Identity:
A Case of Linguistically Motivated De-Judaization
Dan Shapira (The Open University of Israel)

"Are We Not Just an Anachronism?":
Language and Identity among Israeli Sephardim
Jill Lara Kushner (UCLA)

"Talmid chachams" and "tsedeykeses":
Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity among Orthodox Jews
Sarah Bunin Benor (Stanford University)

**Language and Sacred Text (8.11 Tuesday, 8:30am)**
Chair and Commentator: Frederick E. Greenspahn (University of Denver)

The Proverbs in Their Making in the Biblical Narrative Text
Katya Rempel (Moscow State University)

Linguistic Tension in Judeo-Arabic Sacred Texts
Benjamin H. Hary (Emory University)

Observations on the Current State of Judeo-Italian Corpus Studies
Seth Jerchower (University of Pennsylvania)

Sacred Texts in Judeo-Italian and Judeo-Provençal
George Jochnowitz (College of Staten Island)

-Sarah Bunin Benor
3. Contemporary Ladino Literature (Amado Bornick)

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2001 8:08 PM

In response to Dr. Hayim Sheynin's post on the number of Ladino books, I would like to remind him and all scholars that Ladino is not dead, that books are still being published in that language, albeit in Latin characters. The most prolific writer today is Matilda Koen Sarano of Israel, but there are others, too, in Israel, in Turkey, and even in Spain. And don't forget *Aki Yerushalayim*, a cultural review entirely in Judeo-spanish, which has been in publication for 21 years, each issue of which is like a book.

Rachel Amado Bortnick
4. Contemporary Ladino Literature (Sheynin)

From: Hayim Sheynin <>
Date: Friday, November 30, 2001 7:34 AM

Dear Rachel and all interested:

We are certainly aware of this. However what is going now is presented to the audience and in reach for anyone interested, while what was printed in the past is rare and a matter of wonder for large Judezmo speaking audience. Look how many years passed since *El Tyempo* publications in Tel Aviv, not more than 30 or 40 years. But who remember the novels published by *El Tyempo*? Not many people.

We are aware of Matilda Koen Sarano, Margalit Matityahu, Avner Peretz and several other contemporaries who write stories, poems, etc. And there is no difficulty for listing their works. This is because their books are recorded in *Kirjath Sepher* and their articles and poems are recorded in several indexes of Jewish periodical (RAMBI, Index of Jewish periodicals, Haifa index, etc.), which are employed by bibliographers for any serious work.

Shabbat shalom,

Dr. Hayim Y. Sheynin
Adjunct Professor of Jewish Literature
Head of Reference Services
Tuttleman Library of Gratz College
7605 Old York Rd.
Melrose Park, PA 19027

[ed: slight edit]
5. New Publication: *Life of Judaism* (Goldberg)

From: Harvey Goldberg <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 04:52:33 +0200
Subject: Re: [jfe] [Edited introduction: Life of Judaism]

Members of the JFE list may be in interested in a new book (I am the editor) entitled LIFE OF JUDAISM (Univ of Calif Press). Directed toward undergraduate audiences, it consists of 15 essays (most reprinted, a few new) depicting diverse ways in which Jews live their religious and cultural lives. The volume forms part of a series all of which bear titles: The Life of.... They all stress the contemporary aspects of the world's religions, and therefore feature ethnographic and (auto)biographical accounts.

*Life of Judaism* includes examples from religious life in the United States and in Israel, providing background from both European and Middle Eastern settings, and highlights the diversity of contemporary Judaism. The diversity represented is in terms of ideology, ethnicity, the realms of religious practice and gender. A blurb may be found at the following website:

Best, Harvey Goldberg

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