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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - November 12, 2006

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List

Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Week of Sunday, November 12, 2006 (21 Heshvan 5767)

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1. AJS Abstract: Ideologies and Boundaries of Modern Sephardi and Arab Jewish
Communities (Brodsky)

2. Elka Klein memorial travel grant (Labovitz)

3. New Online Database: Lecture-Recital of “Psalms of Sefarad” (Corré)

4. New Online Database: Medieval Hebrew Poetry (Rasof)

5. New Publication: _Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism_, Vol. 6

6. New Publication: Arnoldo Liberman, _Éxodo y exilio_ (Roses)

7. Fellowships in Colonial and U.S. History and Culture at the Library Company
of Philadelphia (Green)

8. Dissertation Fellowships: National Foundation for Jewish Culture (Runk)

9. New Fellowships in Globalization--Center for Historical Research (Mitchell)

10. Call For Papers: Special Issue of _Celaan_ Review on the Jews of Tunisia

11. Call for Articles on Judaic-Hispanic Themes: Special Volume of _CIEHL_ for
2008 (Kramer-Hellinx)


1. AJS Abstract: Ideologies and Boundaries of Modern Sephardi and Arab Jewish
Communities  (Brodsky)

Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 11:10:58 -0500
From: "Brodsky, Adriana M" <ambrodsky(at)smcm(dot)edu>

Ideologies and Boundaries of Modern Sephardi and Arab Jewish Communities
(AJS Session 3.6: Sunday, December 17th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm)

This panel will explore responses of four modern Sephardi and Arab Jewish
communities to the challenges and possibilities of modernity and modern
ideologies. Underlying these studies is the common thread of integration into
civil society, a process that began in the mid-to-late nineteenth and
continued well into the mid-twentieth century. This process prompted each
community to redraw the boundaries of its affiliation, whether with the
Ottoman Empire (and its military), the Zionist movement, other world Jewish
communities or the emerging Arab collective-a process of collective self-
redefinition that often transpired through debate in the local Jewish press.
The panel discusses how boundaries of identity and affiliation were not only
drawn from within but also imposed from without, as the process of integration
into civil society tested the limits of acceptance.

The first paper, “Mobilizing Jews: Ottoman Sephardi Responses to the Russo-
Turkish War of 1877,” explores how Ottoman Sephardim blended traditional,
religious forms of identification with modern, civic patriotism as they
rallied to the support of the Empire. Their position was cogently symbolized
by a flag that bore the Shema prayer in Hebrew on one side and the sultan’s
prolix signature in Arabic on the other. The second paper, “Medicine and
Jewish Boundaries in late Ottoman Salonica” examines the establishment of the
Hirsch Hospital in 1908 and the careers of Salonican Jewish doctors to
elucidate the role of scientific medicine in fostering modern forms and
expressions of Jewish identity in late Ottoman Salonica. “Arab Jewish
Identity: Views from the Mashriqi Jewish Press, 1920-1948” considers the
Arabic-language Jewish press in the Levant, focusing on how Jewish communities
in Baghdad, Beirut, and Cairo formed a regional, language-based “Arab Jewish”
cultural identity in response to the rise of Arab identity and the emerging
Ashkenazi hegemony over Jewish culture. The final paper, “In Order to Awaken
the Youth: Argentine Sephardim and the Zionist Project,” analyzes the
relationship between the Argentine Zionist Federation and the Sephardic
communities in Argentina in the 1940s, concentrating on how participation in
the Zionist project enabled Sephardim of disparate origins to forge a common

Panel Presenters:
-Julia Cohen
-Paula Daccarett
-Lital Levy
-Adriana Brodsky

-Dr. Sarah Stein

Dr. Adriana M. Brodsky
Department of History
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Phone: 240-895-4108
Fax: 240-895-4450


2. Elka Klein memorial travel grant (Labovitz)

Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 00:03:06 -0500
From: "Gail Labovitz" <GLabovitz(at)uj(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Dear all,

 Many of you may have known Dr. Elka Klein, who was an active member of this
[H-Judaic] list and dedicated scholar in the field of Judaic Studies.  Elka's
untimely death in the spring of 2005 was a great loss to all who knew her,
whether personally or professionally.  In her memory, a number of her friends
and professional colleagues in the fields of History and Jewish Studies wish
to create a fitting memorial to honor her dedication to and her achievements
in her academic life.  We are thus working to establish the Dr. Elka Klein
Memorial Travel Grant, which will provide cash grants to support the work of
doctoral students traveling abroad in order to conduct historical research.

 Award recipients will be selected by a panel of scholars based on relevance
and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns
important to Elka, such as Sephardic culture, medieval history, and Jewish
studies.  We plan to start seeking applicants for the grants this winter, with
the first grant or grants to be awarded for the 2007-2008 academic year.

 How many grants we can give, and for how much, depends on how much we can
raise in donations.  I thank those of you who have already contributed - but
it is not too late to do so if you haven't already.  If you would like to
contribute, donations should be sent to:

 The Association for Jewish Studies
 Center for Jewish History
 15 W. 16th Street
 New York, NY  10011-6301

  Checks should be made out to The Association for Jewish Studies, with the
words "Elka Klein memorial" in the memo line (if you do not put this somewhere
on the check, it will not go to the right account!).

  Please feel free to e-mail me at glabovitz(at)uj(dot)edu if you have any

  May her memory be for a blessing.

 Gail Labovitz
 University of Judaism


3. New Online Database: Lecture-Recital of “Psalms of Sefarad” (Corré)

Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:21:07 -0500
From: Alan D Corre corre(at)uwm(dot)edu
via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

 How to access "Psalms of Sefarad".

 This is a "lecture-recital" which I gave to the music students at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee a while ago. I have added English
translations of the Hebrew texts that I sing which are flashed up on the
screen, as well as other information.

 You need the QuickTime player. It can be downloaded free of charge:
 Choose the free player. Apple computers have it preinstalled.

 In the player, click on "File" and "open URL" and paste or type in:
 A fast connection is very desirable.

 It will take a minute or two to download. If necessary, use the "view"
feature until it fits your screen. You have VCR type controls for rewind,
play/pause, and fast forward. You can move the pointer to any part of the
presentation, which takes approximately 50 minutes. The background is a
beautiful impressionist shot of the dais of the Recital Hall where I gave the
lecture by university photographer Alan Magayne-Roshak.

Alan D. Corre
 Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Studies
University  of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee


4. New Online Database: Medieval Hebrew Poetry (Rasof)

Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:44:17 -0500
From: editor117(at)peoplepc(dot)com
via:    Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

 Scholars, students, teachers, librarians, poets, and other members of the
academic or literary community are invited to visit and consider submitting
work to, a new web site created by Henry Raison,
a graduate student at Gratz College.

 The site currently includes articles, English translations of poems by the
five major Spanish-Hebrew poets, a bibliography, and a list of colleges and
universities offering courses in medieval Hebrew poetry.

 Translations, articles, photographs, additional course listings, events,
other relevant contributions, and feedback are welcome. See the web site for
detailed information on submissions.

 Thank you.

 Henry Rasof
 Louisville, CO


5. New Publication: _Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism_, Vol. 6

Date:    Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:49:50 -0500
From: Gad Freudenthal <freudent(at)msh-paris(dot)fr>
via:    Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

 I have the pleasure to announce the appearance of vol. 6 (2006) of  "Aleph:
Historical Studies in Science and Judaism". This issue is largely devoted to
Abraham Ibn Ezra.

Table of Contents:

 Shlomo Sela and Gad Freudenthal
 “Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Scholarly Writings: A Chronological Listing”/13

  Tony Lévy and Charles Burnett
 “_Sefer ha-Middot_: A Mid-Twelfth-Century Text on Arithmetic and Geometry
Attributed to Abraham Ibn Ezra”/57

 Renate Smithuis
 “Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Works in Hebrew and Latin: New Discoveries
and Exhaustive Listing”/239

Mariano Gómez Aranda
“The Meaning of Qohelet According to Ibn Ezra’s Scientific Explanations”/339

Y. Tzvi Langermann
“From My Notebooks: Medical Israiîliyât? Ancient Islamic Medical Traditions
Transcribed into the Hebrew Alphabet”/373

The electronic edition of Aleph can be accessed via Project Muse (http://, or via Indiana University Press (http://, where individual articles can be
downloaded (12 $), or subscriptions for the hard copy bought (35/43 $

Gad Freudenthal
Aleph, Editor


6. New Publication: Arnoldo Liberman, _Éxodo y exilio_ (Roses)

Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2006 17:51:56 -0500
From:  "Lorraine E. Roses" <lroses(at)wellesley(dot)edu>

 Nuevo libro de Arnoldo Liberman
 SEFARAD EDITORES presenta el último libro de Arnoldo Liberman, Éxodo y
exilio. Saldos y retazos de una identidad. Una exploración personal en
respuesta al nuevo auge de la retórica antisemita y en contra del mal de
amnesia que aqueja a nuestras sociedades. Desde sus confesiones íntimas hasta
la exploración minuciosa de las raíces del horror antijudío durante la Shoá y
en la última dictadura argentina, desde los recuerdos conmovedores hasta los
escenarios del dolor, todo ello configurando una insistente interrogación
ontológica sobre su propia identidad. Pedidos a:

Lorraine E. Roses


7. Fellowships in Colonial and U.S. History and Culture at the Library Company
of Philadelphia (Green)

From: jgreen(at)librarycompany(dot)org
Date: November 1, 2006

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
jointly award fellowships for research in residence in their collections,
which contain printed materials relating to all aspects of American history
and culture up to about 1880. These fellowships support advanced, post-
doctoral, or dissertation research.

Founded in 1731, the Library Company was the largest public library in America
until the latter part of the nineteenth century, and thus contains printed
materials relating to every aspect of American culture and society in that
period. It holds over half a million rare books and graphics, including the
nation's second largest collection of pre-1801 American imprints and one of
the largest collections of eighteenth-century British books in America. The
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, now enriched by the holdings of the Balch
Institute for Ethnic Studies, holds more than 18 million personal,
organizational, and business manuscripts, as well as 500,000 printed items and
300,000 graphic images concerning national and regional political, social, and
family history. The Balch collections have added rich documentation of the
ethnic and immigrant experience in the United States. Together, the
institutions form one of the most comprehensive sources in the nation for the
study of colonial and U.S. history and culture.

The two libraries combined have extraordinary strength in the history of women
and African-Americans, popular print culture, business and banking,
philanthropy and reform, education, natural sciences, medicine, technology,
art, architecture, German Americana, American Judaica, and a host of other

Due: March 1, 2007
Amount: $1,800
Term: Fellowships are tenable for any one-month period during the academic
Citizenship or Residency: Unrestricted
Requirements: Ph.D./M.D./Other Professional

James Green, Associate Librarian
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
+1 (215) 546-3181
+1 (215) 546-5167

URL for more information:


8. Dissertation Fellowships: National Foundation for Jewish Culture (Runk)

Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 11:37:49 -0500 (EST)
From: National Foundation for Jewish Culture <krunk(at)jewishculture(dot)org>

Applications for Doctoral Disseration Fellowships Available

 The National Foundation for Jewish Culture is pleased to announce the Request
for Proposals for the Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in
Jewish Studies for the year 2006-2007.

 The program is intended to encourage scholarly research, publication and
teaching in the various disciplines of Jewish Studies. Applicants for Doctoral
Dissertation Fellowships must be citizens or permanent residents of the United
States and must have completed all academic requirements for the doctoral
degree, except the dissertation, by the date of submission.

 The application and guidelines are available at (http:/

  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristen Runk at (212)
629-0500 x215 or krunk(at)jewishculture(dot)org.

 Please forward this email to anyone you feel might be interested in the


9. New Fellowships in Globalization--Center for Historical Research (Mitchell)

Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 12:14:50 -0800
From: Dayo Nicole Mitchell <dnm(at)uoregon(dot)edu>
via: FEEGI2 <feegi(at)lists(dot)uoregon(dot)edu>

The Ohio State University is pleased to announce the creation of The Center
for Historical Research. Devoted to the study of globalization in history,
each year the Center will examine a particular theme through a series of
seminars conducted by visiting faculty. The Center will offer year-long
fellowships from any discipline for senior and junior faculty, as well as
dissertation fellows.

 The first two-year program (2007-2008, 2008-2009) will explore ³Crossroads of
Globalization:  Geographic ŒHot Spots¹ in the Early Modern World.² Seminars
will examine how particular locales played a critical role in globalization,
and the locales¹ impact on the wider regions, the indigenous peoples,
emigrants, and the imperial powers.  Potential Œhot spots¹ to be examined in
the first year include Potosí, the Lower Savannah River Valley, Beverwijck,
Detroit, Whydah and Quebec. The second year program will focus exclusively on
Œhot spots¹ in the Iberian empire, including Manila, Havana, Vera Cruz, Santa
Fe, Lima, São Paulo and Salvador de Bahia

 The Center is accepting applications for faculty and dissertation fellows, as
well as seminar leaders for the first year program. For information on the
program and application process, please consult our website, , or the Director, Alan Gallay, at osuchr(at)
Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2007.


10. Call For Papers: Special Issue of _Celaan_ Review on the Jews of Tunisia

Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 12:08:59 -0800
From: Emily Gottreich <emilyrg(at)berkeley(dot)edu>

Jews of Tunisia: expression, creation, identity/ies

 The aim of this issue of _CELAAN_ is to bring together pluridisciplinary
works on the French-speaking Jews of Tunisia and their relationship to
Tunisia. The period under more specific investigation is from the eighties to
the present day. During this period around the turn of the century, tensions
over dilution, assimilation or claims of identity led to a repositioning –
explicit or implicit – of Tunisian Jewish identity and a redefining of the
representations to be handed down across generations.

 We are inviting proposals for papers on the work of Paul Sebag and that of
Albert Memmi, as well as on Colette Fellous, Gilbert Naccache, Chochana
Boukhobza, Gérard Haddad, Maya Nahoum, Gisèle Halimi… Proposals are also
welcomed on artists such as the photographer Jacques Pérez, or the comedians
Michel Boujenah and Elie Kakou. Proposals are also invited on theoretical
reflections on the construction and transmission
 of identity, such as those evident in the Jewish Tunisian website
or the rites of exile in Belleville.

 This issue is dedicated to the memory of Paul Sebag, who taught, inspired and
inspires generations of Tunisian intellectuals and researchers.

 Proposals for articles in English or French (title and ten-line summary)
should be emailed by 31 January 2007, to Dora Carpenter:
d(dot)carpenter(at)bton(dot)ac(dot)uk and Hédi Abdel-Jaouad:
hjaouad(at) and articles selected for publication will be required
by 30 June 2007.

 _CELAAN_ is the Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literature and
Arts of North Africa, published three times a year, with articles of no more
than ten pages on Maghrebian authors and artists, as well as French authors
from the Maghreb and occasional notes on North Africa’s role in the work of
authors from France and elsewhere.  For more information, consult their
website at

 Dr. Emily Gottreich
 Vice Chair
 Center for Middle Eastern Studies
 University of California
 340 Stephens Hall, #2314
 Berkeley, CA 94720-2314
 tel: (510) 642-8208
 fax: (510) 643-3001


11. Call for Articles on Judaic-Hispanic Themes: Special Volume of _CIEHL_ for
2008 (Kramer-Hellinx)

Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 16:23:32 -0500
From: Nechama <nkramerhellinx(at)nyc(dot)rr(dot)com>

Queridos Amigos

 Quisiera avisarles que di su dirección electrónica a la Dra. Zoé Ximénez, la
directora de la Revista _CIEHL_.

 Si tienen algún interés en publicar sobre un tema judaico-hispano, escriban a
la Dra. Zoé Jiménez Corretjer Catedrática , Departamento de Humanidades,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, dirección electrónica:   RevistaCIEHL(at)

 Nechama Kramer-Hellinx

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