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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - May 14, 2006

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

Week of Sunday, May 14, 2006 (16 Iyar 5766)


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1. New Publication: _Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel_ (Tagger)

2. New Publications from American Sephardi Federation’s Bookstore (Siao)

3. Call for Papers: Portuguese Studies Review (Borges)

4. Call for Submissions: Wasserman Student Essay Prize in American Jewish History (Moore)

5. Register Now for 2006 Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History (Idelsohn)

6. Sephardic Sessions at International Jewish Genealogical Society Conference (Dardashti)

7. Indian Jewry--American Sephardi Federation Exhibit & Documentary (Siao)

8. Query: Jews of Damavand, Iran (Shammas)


1. New Publication: _Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel_ (Tagger)

Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 07:14:02 +0200

From: Mathilde Tagger <tagger(at)>

I am very pleased to inform you that the following book has been published by Avotaynu: _Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel_. It is written by Mathilde A.Tagger and Yitzhak Kerem.

The book reveals the wealth of resources on Sephardic and Oriental Jewish history and genealogy in Israel. Even though research can be conducted abroad, the essential sources and collections are located in Israel. It encompasses important archival collections such as the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People; Central Zionist Archives; Jewish National and University Library - Department of Manuscripts and Archives; Jewish National and University Library - Institute of Hebrew Microfilmed Manuscripts; Ben Zvi Institute Library; Yad Vashem Library; and countless other repositories maintained by research institutes and museums and managed by various immigrant and other ethnic associations in Israel. The book is organized alphabetically by country. There are some 40 countries represented.

The book includes:

Countless publications

Hundreds of archival documents

Detailed Information on 30 Research Institutes on Sephardic/Oriental Jews

350 Moshavim founded by Sephardic and Oriental Jews

50 Kibbutzim where founded by groups of Sephardic & Oriental Jews

32 Immigrant and other ethnic associations

10 Memorials

Hundreds of synagogues founded/visited by the various communities

6 Homes for the Aged found by Sephardi/Oriental for Sephardi/Oriental Jews

29 Appendices mainly based on archival documents

6,350 entries in the Consolidated Name Index

412 pages of genealogical and historical information

The hardcover book's web site is at


Mathilde Tagger


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2. New Publications from American Sephardi Federation’s Bookstore (Siao)

Date: Tue, 9 May 2006

From: Fang Lan Siao <flsiao(at)>

American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House

Phone: 212-294-8350,

New Publications From Our Bookstore

Steven Bowman, _Jewish Resistance in Wartime Greece_


The virtually unknown story of the Jews in the Greek resistance during WW II is an integral part of the story of the Holocaust as Greek Jews actively fought against the Italian and German invaders. Based on interviews and archival research, Professor Steven Bowman tells the stories of a preliminary list of over 650 individuals who fought or served with the Greek Resistance forces.

Rosina Asser Pardo, _548 Days With Another Name_


This original diary of a ten-year old child hidden in downtown Salonika right under the nose of the Nazis, and the author's interpretation of her experiences 62 years later, vividly evokes the climate and atmosphere of the period. Proceeds from this book will benefit The Jewish Museum of Greece.

Bea Lewkowicz, The Jewish Community of Salonika, by


Portrayed through the vivid power of oral history the author offers an innovative study of the often forgotten Sephardic Jewish community of Salonika that at one point numbered 80,000 but which was almost completely annihilated during the Nazi occupation.

Haim Beinart, _The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain_


A detailed study of the events surrounding this infamous chapter in Spanish history based on the extensive archival research of hundreds of documents by this Professor emeritus from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This work focuses on the practical consequences of the expulsion both for those expelled and those remaining behind.

Ruby Daniel and Barbara Johnson, _Ruby of Cochin_


Barbara Johnson, an assistant professor of anthropology at Ithaca College, in collaboration with Ruby Daniel, the Ruby of Cochin, fills this book with rich descriptions of Jewish life in Cochin, India. They tell the poignant story of a way of life that has disappeard, the memory of which Ruby and the other Malabar Jews who immigrated to Israel, keep alive in their hearts.

Tova Murad Sadka, _The Star & Baghdad Scimitar_


Born and raised in Iraq, Tova Murad Sadka has written a historical novel based on events she herself experienced in the heart of Moslem Iraq during the last half of the 20th-century. The Star and Baghdad Scimitar portrays a young woman caught between her rising success as a singer- lavishly favored by the ruling Muslim elite-and the wave of persecution aimed at the Jewish community she loved. It is also a story of social and political turmoil set against a high-stakes personal tale of defining choices and the forces of fate.

To order please call 212-294-8350, or visit our website

Fang Lan Siao


3. Call for Papers: Portuguese Studies Review (Borges)

Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:13:26 -0400

From: jmcclyme <jmcclyme(at)ASSUMPTION.EDU>

via: borges(at)DICKINSON.EDU

“Portuguese Migrations in Comparison: Historical Patterns and Transnational Communities”

(Guest Editor: Dr. Marcelo Borges)

_Portuguese Studies Review_ invites proposals for articles on the history of Portuguese migrations from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

 We specially welcome contributions that explore historical interaction between home and destinations, global patterns of migration in comparative perspective, and connections between migratory traditions and spaces.

The _Portuguese Studies Review_ publishes articles in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

The papers will be published in Issue 1, Vol. 15 (2007) of the _Portuguese Studies Review_, under the editorship of Marcelo Borges (Dickinson College).

The proposals should be no longer than 300-500 words and outline the theme, source base, and main contribution of the paper to the subject. Please, send the proposals and abridged CVs to Marcelo Borges <borges(at)>.

The final deadline for proposals is July 1, 2006.

The completed papers should be 6,000-10,000 words long (documentation included) and follow the PSR house style, based on the Chicago Manual of Style. The _Portuguese Studies Review_  “Instructions to Authors” are available in full at and

The _Portuguese Studies Review_  is a refereed journal and follows a double blind review process.

The completed articles should reach the Guest Editor by January 15, 2007.

The review process takes approximately two to three months. The authors will have approximately three weeks to revise their papers in response to the referees' comments.

Final versions of the papers should reach the PSR by May 15, 2007. The issue will be published in July 2007.

Marcelo Borges

Department of History

Dickinson College



4. Call for Submissions: Wasserman Student Essay Prize in American Jewish History (Moore)

Date: Thu, 11 May 2006

From: Deborah Moore <deborahdmoore(at)>

Dear Colleagues,

Now that the semester is winding down, I wanted to remind you to think about encouraging your most talented undergraduate students who have written an essay or senior thesis in American Jewish history to submit it for the Wasserman Student Essay prize. Here are some of the guidelines and the rest of the information can be found on the AJHS website.


Deborah Dash Moore

Eligibility and Submission of Essays:

Eligible submissions will be papers dealing with any aspect of the American Jewish experience, written by an undergraduate college or university student. Papers are to have been completed as a requirement in a college course and they must be submitted for consideration during the academic year during which they were completed.  The deadline for submission of papers will be July 15 of each year.

Essays submitted should bear the name and institutional affiliation of the author, along with an indication of the course for which and the instructor for whom they were written and the date of their composition.  They should also include information about how the author may be contacted.


Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:

Relevance to the study of the American Jewish experience.

Sophistication and creativity in the discovery and use of sources.

Sophistication and creativity in analysis.

Logic and clarity of argument and exposition.

Quality of composition.

The Award:

The author of the wining essay shall receive a prize of $100.  In addition, if the Student Essay Prize Committee so recommends, the author will be invited to submit his or her winning essay to the editor of _American Jewish History_ for publication consideration.  However, the paper shall undergo the same evaluation as any other submission to the journal, and publication of the winning essay is not guaranteed.

The AJHS shall reserve the right not to award a Student Essay Prize in any year in which the Prize Committee deems no entry to be worthy of an award.


5. Register Now for 2006 Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History (Idelsohn)

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 17:03:44 -0500

From: "Idelsohn, Enid R" <IdelsohnE(at)>

Scholars and students of American Jewish history will convene in Charleston, South Carolina, June 5-7, 2006, to explore new developments in this burgeoning field. The conference program, registration form, and accommodations information all are now available online at:

In the plenary session, a panel of historians from across the country will discuss the usefulness of the concept of regions for American Jewish history.  

Other session highlights include:

Roundtable on the Eldridge Street Project

"The Jewish Woman in America" after Thirty Years

City Jews, Country Jews

Changing American Jewish Identities

A special performance of "Gershwin in Charleston: Selections from 'Porgy and Bess'" will be staged on Monday evening, June 5, at historic Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.  

Tuesday's panels and presentations will conclude with a field trip to Middleton Plantation and a Southern Jewish feast, served with commentary by ethnographers and chefs.

Sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Jewish Archives, and the College of Charleston, the 2006 Scholars' Conference coincides with the Spoleto Arts Festival, one of the country's premier celebrations of the performing and visual arts. Participants who arrive on Sunday, June 4, will be treated to "A World of Jewish Culture"-a full program of concerts, performances, and film.

We hope you can come!

For more information, please contact:

Dale Rosengarten, Ph.D.

Program Chair, 2006 Biennial Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History

Special Collections, Addlestone Library

College of Charleston

Charleston, S.C. 29424

tel: 843.953.8028

fax: 843.953.8019

e-mail: rosengartend(at)


Enid R. Idelsohn

Administrator, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

College of Charleston

96 Wentworth Street, Room 215

Charleston, S.C. 29424

tel:  843.953.3918

fax:  843.953.7624

e-mail: idelsohne(at)


6. Sephardic Sessions at International Jewish Genealogical Society Conference (Dardashti)

Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 02:49:13 -0400

From: dardasht1(at)

Sephardic Programs - 26th International Jewish Genealogical Society -- International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

More than 250 sessions in 23 subject categories and many meetings of geographic and topical special interest groups, including the Sephardic SIG, will take place at The 26th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy,, August 13-18, at New York City’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society (New York) Inc.

The event offers many innovations with surprises still to be announced. For more information (day, time, topic details, speaker bio) go to the online conference schedule:

To register, go to

Remember that early registration discounts end May 15, so don't wait!

The fast-growing Sephardic genealogy segment will be represented by the following topics:


Dr. Jeffrey S. Malka:

"Sephardic Genealogy Resources: Overview and Update"

"Sephardic Surnames: Evolution through the millennia and role in genealogy."


Alain Farhi:

"Google and Les Fleurs de l'Orient: Notoriety, Privacy and Identity Theft Issues"

“Sephardic DNA Study: Les Fleurs de L'Orient."


Leon Taranto: "Genealogical Resources for the Jews of Ottoman and Modern Turkey."


Marcia Haddad-Ikonomopoulos: "Romaniote Greek Jewry: Insights beneficial to genealogical research."  


Nardo Bonomi: “Nomen Omen: Names and Surnames of the Jews of Italy.”Mario Modiano: "Benefits of Internet Exposure."  


Mathilde A. Tagger: "A Database of Sephardic and Oriental Female Given Names."


Rose Lehrer Cohen: "Sephardim in the Baltic Areas: Fact or fiction."


Randall Belinfante: "American Sephardi Federation Collection."


Yves Fedida: "First Palestinian Refugees, First Jewish Soldiers: The Egyptian Haven."

Additionally, there are also many programs on methodology, technology, Eastern European research and more, as well as films, concerts, cemetery visits and tours to Jewish neighborhoods and sites.

We hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Tel Aviv



7. Indian Jewry--American Sephardi Federation Exhibit & Documentary (Siao)

Date: Tue, 9 May 2006

From: Fang Lan Siao <flsiao(at)>

**Exhibition** Cochin Diary - Jewish Life in Southern India with selected objects from the Private Collection of Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins.

On view until June 30, 2006 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:00PM



Filmmaker Dr. Johanna Spector explores the religious, cultural and economic life of the Cochini Jews in their native India while following the younger generation in their new life in Israel.

Admission: $10/$8 for ASF/SH members, seniors and students.

To reserve tickets please call the Center for Jewish History Box Office at 917-606-8200. For additional information please call the American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House at 212-294-8350

This program is supported in part by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the humanities.

Fang Lan Siao


8. Query: Jews of Damavand, Iran (Shammas)

Date: Mon, 8 May 2006

From: shammas(at)  

via: Nechama Karmer <nkramerhellinx(at)>

Nisan Mordian, whose parents are from Damavand, is writing a book about his family.

He would like to have information from people from Damavand to be able to trace his family background and any of their friends.

If you have any information please write him at:


phone: 054-4403459  

From the U.S. 1-972- 54-4403459

and cc  Avi Shammas at: shammas(at)  

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