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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - May 22, 2005

Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - Week of May 22, 2005

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)>

Week of Sunday, May 22, 2005 (13 Iyar 5765)




1.  New Online Resource: JTS Library Treasures (Kraemer)

2. Second Call for Papers: Midwest Jewish Studies Association (Shanes)

3. Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2006/2007: The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania (Allen)

4. Leo Wasserman Student Essay Prize (Moore)

5. The Southern Jewish Historical Society Grants Program (Langston)

6. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture—Fund for Jewish Cultural Preservation (NFJC)

7. Workshops on Holocaust (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

8. Query: A Ladino Word in a Hebrew/Ladino Manuscript (Sheynin)

9. Seminar: Sephardim in the Americas (Franco)

10. Seminar: Sephardim in the Americas (Bejarano)

11. Seeking Interviewees for "The Forgotten Exodus: Jews from Arab Lands" (Green)

12. National Middle Eastern Languages Resource Center Seminar on Heritage Learners of Hebrew (Dori)

13. Query: Seeking Information on Flory Jagoda (Ben-Ur)


1.  New Online Resource: JTS Library Treasures (Kraemer)

Date: Fri, 20 May 2005

From: David Kraemer <DaKraemer(at)>

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary is thrilled to announce a new online resource: JTS LIBRARY TREASURES (  This site, prepared with the generous support of Mr. George Blumenthal and the extraordinary photographic skills of Ardon Bar Hama, features some of The Library's most outstanding treasures--The Rothschild Mahzor, the Prato Haggadah, the Esslingen Mahzor, genizah fragments representing Maimonides and Judah Halevi, and others.  When viewing the images--of outstanding clarity--you can flip the pages of the book and magnify the image (2X and 4X) in order to examine the finest details of each manuscript.  Though the works on-line are not yet complete, they soon will be, and we are working to add other images as well.

You an also access this site through the link on the Library home page.  Enjoy your on-line visit to our Rare Book Room.

Professor David Kraemer

Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian

Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

Jewish Theological Seminary


2. Second Call for Papers: Midwest Jewish Studies Association (Shanes)

Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 14:28:22 -0400

From: <jmshanes(at)>

Via:     HJ Newsletter hjnews(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

The seventeenth annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) will be held September 18-19, 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference is hosted by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

The conference welcomes proposals in all areas of Jewish Studies: from any discipline (history, philosophy, literature, religion, sociology, music, etc.) and from any time period (ancient to contemporary). The MJSA encourages panelists to address pedagogical aspects of their topics, and papers centered on pedagogical issues are most welcome.

All interested scholars and professionals of Jewish Studies, including advanced graduate students, are cordially invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops. Proposals may be for complete sessions or for individual papers. Proposals must include a 200-word abstract defining the primary themes, conclusions and sources utilized in the research as well as a complete CV. Session proposals must include abstracts for 2 to 3 papers, CVs for all participants, a general explanation of how the papers are related and what the general significance of the panel is, as well as the name of the chair of the proposed session. Individuals willing to chair a session (rather than give a paper) are invited to submit a CV, with an indication of areas of expertise.

This year several small travel grants will again be available for selected graduate students presenting papers. These grants are provided by the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for individual papers or complete sessions is May 31, 2005. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to: Joshua Shanes, University of Wisconsin, Department of History, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706 (Fax: (608) 263-5302; e-mail:



3.  Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2006/2007: The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania (Allen)

From: <allenshe(at)>

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>


This fellowship program is designed to engage scholars from within Jewish Studies, who specialize in Jewish life under Islamic rule, in fruitful conversation with scholars in Arabic, Syriac, Persian and Ottoman studies. By bringing together experts from these disparate disciplines who deal with aspects of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim life within pre-modern Islamic polities, we hope to encourage a broad view of Islamic societies and to foster new approaches to their religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. The rich documentary evidence from the Cairo Genizah and new access to significant manuscript collections in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere spur this call to reevaluate how the fields of Islamic and Jewish studies intersect and to map out new directions for scholarship.

We anticipate that projects will deal with questions such as the following:

"Under Islamic rule, which factors unified and distinguished political majorities and minorities (e.g., language, residential and occupational patterns, economic life, social and religious customs)?

"How did religious minorities under Islamic rule including Muslims in the first few centuries of Islam define themselves and interact, compete and conflict with each other?

"How did modes of cultural and intellectual exchange in the fields of philosophy, esotericism, science, scriptural exegesis, grammar, liturgy, poetry and law shape and influence the intellectual production of each of the cultures?

"What models might we propose for representing the ways different groups functioned in society: borders and boundaries, hierarchies, centers and peripheries, patrons and clients, cultural hegemony?”

The Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities and social sciences at all levels, as well as outstanding graduate students in the final stages of writing their dissertations. Stipend amounts are based on a fellow’s academic standing and financial need with a maximum of $33,000 for the academic year. A contribution also may be made toward travel expenses. The application deadline is November 1, 2005. Awards will be announced by January 15, 2006.

This program is organized with the cooperation of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Applications are available on our website:

Or contact: Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

420 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tel: 215-238-1290; fax: 215-238-1540;

email: allenshe(at)

Sheila Allen

Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

420 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

phone: 215-238-1290  fax: 215-238-1540


4. Leo Wasserman Student Essay Prize (Moore)

From: Deborah Dash Moore

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>

The American Jewish Historical Society awards the Leo Wasserman Student Essay Prize for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate college or university student and includes a $100 award. The student essay may also be considered for publication in American Jewish History. Submit essays to: Deborah Dash Moore, Chair, Academic

Council, c/o Jewish Studies Program, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0253. Submission date: July 15th of each year.


5. The Southern Jewish Historical Society Grants Program (Langston)

From: Scott Langston

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>

The Southern Jewish Historical Society Grants Program encourages applications to its grants program.  Grants are intended to facilitate the completion of projects relevant to Jewish history in the Southern United States. Such projects might include the publication of books or exhibit catalogs or the preparation of exhibit modules. Grants may not be used to fund research or travel. The SJHS allocates $4,500 among grant recipients each year.

Deadline for applications is August 1, 2005.  For more information, see the society's website at <> or contact me.


Scott Langston


6. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture—Fund for Jewish Cultural Preservation (NFJC)

From: The National Foundation for Jewish Culture

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>

The National Foundation for Jewish Culture

( is inviting proposals for the Fund for Jewish Cultural Preservation (FJCP).

The fund was established in order to preserve and make available Jewish material culture, specifically materials of historical significance and value to the preservation of the Jewish heritage. These materials may include, but are not limited to, books, archives, periodicals,  manuscripts, ritual objects, art and artifacts,  photographs, recordings, and films.

In 2006, FJCP only will accept proposals from current members of the Council of Archives and Research Libraries in Jewish Studies (CARLJS) whose membership is in good standing.

Two types of proposals will be considered:

1) institutional projects or programs -- that is, projects that address the needs of a specific agency; and 2) field- wide projects, which serve the needs of a field, and which might be brought by an aggregate or consortium of agencies.

The fund recommends a "ceiling" of $50,000 per year for grant requests and encourages requests with multiple sources of matching support.

Visit the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit:


7. Workshops on Holocaust (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

From: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Via: Automatic digest processor <LISTSERV(at)H-NET.MSU.EDU>

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: only workshops dealing with areas with historic Sephardi populations are listed]

All are welcome to attend the following events. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024-2126.


So we may ensure sufficient space for each event, please reserve seating in advance by telephoning (202) 488-6162. All programs are subject to change, and new events are often added. Please check the reservation line or the Museum's Website ( for actual times, locations, and updates.


Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Friday, June 17

"Genocide and Justice in the Yugoslavian Post-World War II Tribunals" Mark Biondich, Analyst, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice, Ottawa, Ontario (2000 CAHS Fellow)

"Displaced Jews and War Crimes Trials in Hungary"

Alice Freifeld, Associate Professor of History, University of Florida, Gainesville (2001 Life Reborn Fellow)

"War Crimes Trials in Bulgaria: The Sofia Peoples Court Session VI"

Steven Sage, Researcher, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (2005 CAHS Fellow)


8. Query: A Ladino Word in a Hebrew/Ladino Manuscript (Sheynin)

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:27:18

From: "Dr. Hayim Y. Sheynin" <hsheynin(at)>

Dear Minna,

From the contents of the sentence it looks that it is said about some kind of compensation, gift or something of a small value. Could it be a Turkish word? If it is something of Iberian provenance, it may be derivative from Latin

puse (Heb. Be-yad nedivah, be-yad rehavah) which could give a Spanish puja, pujo [I didn't see such meaning in Spanish dictionaries]; another possibility a derivative from Greek po:s [with the meaning Heb. mashehu, something).  If it is of Turkish provenance, it can indicate a particular item

presented as a gift, but I didn't look in the dictionaries. On the other hand could it be corrupted form of poko (a little something).

Shalom uvrakhah,

Hayim Sheynin

Gratz College

[ed: slight edit]


9. Seminar: Sephardim in the Americas (Franco)

From: armando franco <armandofranco60(at)>

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 14:22:48

Dear friends:

Below you will find the details of a program "Sephardim in the Americas" organized by our friend Dr. Margalit Bejerano of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the speakers will also be our friend Dr. Henry Green. For anybody thinking to go to Israel, this is an excellent excuse.

We are sure that the program will be a success.

Best regards,

Armando Franco

[ed: slight edit]


10. Seminar: Sephardim in the Americas (Bejarano)

From: "margalit Bejarano" <msbejar(at)>

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 11:58:58


Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Project of Sephardic Studies in Latin America


A Preliminary Proposal for a Seminar in Jerusalem Thursday, July 28, 2005

09:30 –10:00

Prof. Haim Avni: Greetings and opening remarks

10:00 – 11:30: Literature and Language

Edna Aizenberg, USA

Global reflections. 

Nancy Rozenchan, Brazil


Monique Rodrigues Balbuena, USA

     Sepharad in Brazil: Between the Metaphorical and the Literal

Maria Antonieta Amarante de Mendonça Cohen, Brazil

The presence of Sephardim Jews and their descendants in Brazil from a Linguistic perspective

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Research and Methodology

Paulette Kershenovich Schuster, Israel

Methodological Problems in Comparing Women of Syrian and Lebanese Origin in Mexico City

Henry Green, USA

     Oral histories of Sephardim from North Africa in Miami

Judith R. Cohen, Canada

     The Role of Music in the Quebec Sephardic Community

Karen Sarhon, Turkey

The differences in the Turkish Sephardic life between the beginning and end of the 20th century

13:30-15:00 Lunch

15:00-17:00 History

Yitzchak Kerem, Jerusalem

     Past Finds on Greek and Turkish Jews in Latin America

and Current Research Problems”

Susana Brauner, Argentina

Diana Epstein y Susana Brauner: Los judíos del mundo árabe en Argentina. Similitudes y diferencias (1860-1960).

Mordechai Arbell, Israel

Sephardim in Latin America (Panama, Colombia Venezuela, Costa Rica and El Salvador)

Daniel Phlorentin, Israel

The difficulties of absorption of Immigrants from Turkey and Greece in New York in the early 20th century.

Moshe Nes El, Israel

     Historia de comunidad sefaradí de Temuco.

17:00-17:30 Coffee

17:30-18:30 Closing Session

General Discussion

Margalit Bejarano: Summary of seminar

19:30 Musical Evening (With the Sephardic Federation)

Karen Sarhon

Judith R. Cohen


11. Seeking Interviewees for "The Forgotten Exodus: Jews from Arab Lands" (Green)

From: "Green, Henry" hgreen(at)

Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 17:24:20

Dear Friends,

I do hope that you will consider Armando's invitation and visit Israel at this time.  The Conference will be exciting and Israel needs friends.

I shall be speaking about a new project I am working on called "The Forgotten Exodus: Jews from Arab Lands".  The project is an outgrowth of the conference we had last year at B'nai Sephardim with Shmuel Trigano (France), the Israeli Ministry of Justice and the World Organization of

Jews from Arab Countries (Heskel Haddad).

Recently I have been interviewing Sephardim who left Arab lands in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s (North Africa, Egypt, Iraq, etc.).  If you left an Arab country during these years I would like to interview you.  Many I am sure went other places (Israel, France, Canada, etc.) before the

USA.  It does not matter.  My interest is your experiences in Arab lands.  Please contact me by e-mail or phone (305-284-4375) to be interviewed.

Thank you.

Henry Green


12. National Middle Eastern Languages Resource Center Seminar on Heritage Learners of Hebrew (Dori)

Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 00:21:53 -0700

From: Rivka Dori <rivka(at)>


Dear Colleagues,

This year HUC-JIR in Los Angeles is hosting a very unique seminar that the National Middle Eastern Languages Resource Center (NMELRC) is offering for Hebrew language professionals, in collaboration with UCLA Resource Center for Languages.  The seminar will take place from June

26th to the 30th.  I urge you to go to <>  (and then to News) to find out the details.  

The presentations and the discussions will expose its participants to the very recent theory and practice in the field of language acquisition in general, and Hebrew language acquisition, in particular.   The issues that will be presented and discussed are not dependent on any particular textbook, and/or program, age, or educational setting.  They will focus on the process of language acquisition and on learners needs.  This year's area of concentration is Heritage Learners.

If you want to know more about Heritage Learners visit UCLA Language Resource Center publication site

Please help us spread the word as we believe that this seminar can make

a difference.  Please note that Registration deadline is May 25, and that space is limited.  



Prof. Rivka Dori

Director of Hebrew Studies, HUC/USC

(213) 749-3424 X 4266


P.S. Share this information with other Hebrew professionals including from Jewish Day schools.  Also, note that I will be out of the country May 18-June 6 and will not have access to computers.  Feel free to contact me after my return.


13. Query: Seeking Information on Flory Jagoda (Ben-Ur)

I am trying to locate a new CD by Ramon Tasat and Flory Jagoda.  A google search was unsuccessful.  Do readers know the name of this CD?  Also, could readers provide me with contact information for Flory, which was accidentally deleted from my records.  Many thanks in advance.

Aviva Ben-Ur


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