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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - October 1, 2006

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

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

Week of Sunday, October 1, 2006 (9 Tishrei 5767)


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1. Call for Sephardi/Mizrahi-related AJS Panel/Paper Synopses (Ben-Ur)

2. AJS 38th Annual Conference Schedule Now Online (Horowitz and Sheramy)

3. Tenure-Track Job Opening: Early American/Atlantic History to 1850 (Rilling)

4. New Publication: _Maimonides' Confrontation With Mysticism_ (Kellner)

5. Conference: Syrian Jewry: Diaspora Community That Is No More” (Harel)

6. Voice of America Interview with Israeli Filmmaker Rami Kimchi (Kimchi)


1. Call for Sephardi/Mizrahi-related AJS Panel/Paper Synopses (Ben-Ur)

If you are presenting a Sephardi/Mizrahi-related theme at this December’s AJS conference, please send me a synopsis and I will post these in the upcoming issues.

Aviva Ben-Ur


2. AJS 38th Annual Conference Schedule Now Online (Horowitz and Sheramy)

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 17:01:12 -0400

From: Association for Jewish Studies <ajs(at)>

Dear Friend,

 We are pleased to announce that the schedule for the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now online at  The conference will be held from Sunday, December 17, 2006 - Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.  Full conference details, including information about hotel and meal reservations and visiting San Diego, can be found on the AJS website at  Please contact the AJS office at ajs(at) or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions about the annual meeting.  If you have not already done so, we also encourage you to renew your AJS membership for the current membership year (September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2006).  Membership information can be found at  We look forward to seeing you in San Diego in December.


Sara R. Horowitz,

Vice-President for Program

Rona Sheramy

Executive Director,

Association for Jewish Studies

Association for Jewish Studies

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

Phone: 917.606.8249

Fax: 917.606.8222

E-mail: ajs(at)


3. Tenure-Track Job Opening: Early American/Atlantic History to 1850 (Rilling)

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 08:55:45 -0400

From:Rosanne Adderley <adderley(at)MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU>


Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 14:54:15 -0400

From: drilling(at)

Stony Brook University - Early American/Atlantic History to 1850


 Early American/ Atlantic History to 1850. Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in early American and Atlantic history beginning September 2007. Required: Ph.D. to be completed by September 2007. Preferred: Teaching experience and publications. Preferred specializations include comparative slavery, African-American history, and other comparative approaches to the world of the Atlantic. Closing date: December 1, 2006. Preliminary interviews will be held at AHA. Equal Opportunity/

Affirmative Action Employer. For more information visit

 Contact Info: Send application and placement file to: Early American Search Committee, Department of History, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348.

 For more information visit


posted by:

Donna J. Rilling

Associate Professor

Department of History

SUNY, Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348



4. New Publication: _Maimonides' Confrontation With Mysticism_ (Kellner)

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 23:11:21 -0400

From: "Prof. Menachem Kellner" <kellner(at)>

 via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE.UTORONTO.CA>

Menachem Kellner, _Maimonides' Confrontation With Mysticism_

foreword by Moshe Idel

 Maimonides is here presented against the actual religious background that informed his many innovative and influential choices. This study analyses the thought of Maimonides and contextualizes it in terms of what may be called 'proto-kabbalistic' Judaism that preceded Rambam. The book shows how the Judaism that Maimonides knew had come to conceptualize the world as an enchanted universe, governed by occult affinities, and shows why Maimonides rejected this and how he went about doing it. Maimonides' attempted reformation failed, the clearest proof of that being the success of the kabbalistic counter-reformation which his writings provoked.

 Maimonides rethought Judaism in different ways. It is in highlighting this process and identifying Maimonides as a religious reformer that this book makes its key contribution. Maimonides created a new Judaism, 'disenchanted', depersonalized and challenging; a religion that is at the same time elitistic and universalist.

364 pages


£35.00 / $45.00

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

P.O. Box 645, Oxford OX2 0UJ, UK


 Professor Menachem Kellner, Dept. of Jewish History and Thought, University of Haifa, Haifa, 31905, Israel

tel 972 4 822 7647

fax 972 4 825 2037


5. Conference: Syrian Jewry: Diaspora Community That Is No More” (Harel)

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 21:23:55 +0300

From: <harely(at)>

I would like to announce to you our conference on "Syrian Jewry: Diaspora Community That Is No More" To take place in Bar Ilan University, Israel on Monday-Tuesday, 28-29 May, 2007. The conference topics relate to all periods, from the community’s establishment to recent times:

 * Syrian Jewish communities in Israel and abroad

 * Leadership, governance and communal institutions

 * Community demography, and migration into and out of Syria

 * Jewish education

 * Jewish religious literature

 * Music, song and religious poetry

 * The Jews of Syria in literature, art, theater and cinema

 * Legal and political status

 * Syrian Jewry and their involvement in the economy

 * Zionist activity, Aliyah and illegal immigration

 * Relations with the majority society

 * Jewish art

 We invite researchers to submit proposals for lecture topics, accompanied by an abstract of no longer than one page. Final date for submission of proposals is Thursday, November 30, 2006.

 If anyone wishes to propose a topic not included above, please feel free to do so, and we will consider including it

 Proposals/abstracts should be sent to the following address:

 The Dahan Center for Culture, Society and Education in the Sephardic Heritage

 Bar-Ilan University

 Ramat Gan 52900


 Papers presented at the Conference will subsequently be published in a volume of proceedings, following academic review where required.


Yours sincerely,

 Dr. Yaron Harel

 Chair, the Organizing Committee

 Dept. of Jewish History

 Bar Ilan University

 Ramat Gan 52900


 Tel. (Office) 972-3-5318353

 Fax (Office) 972-3-5346467

 Tel. (Home) 972-2-5363046

 Fax (Home) 972-2-5363046

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5. Voice of America Interview with Israeli Filmmaker Rami Nathan (Nathan)

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 14:14:46 +0000

From: rami nathan <raminathan(at)>

Below is the link to the VOA (Voice Of America ) website where you will be able to find an interview on my family trilogy that was held while I was in Washington last  summer . The interview was aired on VOA two weeks ago.

Shana Tova to you all


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Rami Kimchi, an Israeli filmmaker of Egyptian descent, talks about his new documentary Father Language, and the challenges of creating and producing films in the non-Ashkenazy culture of modern day Israel, with host Carol Castiel, and Rachel Eitches, Web Editor in VOA's Features Division.

(Airdate:  2  Sep  2006)

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