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

Week of Sunday, April 27, 2008 (22 Nissan 5768)


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1. AJS Conference Proposal Deadline: May 1 (Rozenblit and Sheramy)

2. Online Glossary and Indices to Maimonides' "On Poisons and the Protection Against Fatal Drugs" (Bos)

3. New Publication: Maimonides, _On Asthma_ (Bos)

4. New Issue of _Yod_ Devoted to Judeo-Spanish (Varol)

5. Through Sephardic Eyes: Israel at 60 (ASF)

6. Lecture on Margalit Matitiahu's Bilingual Poetry (Balbuena)

7. Passover 2007 Concert of Ladino Music in Portugal (Paloma)

8. Morocco's National Library Agrees On Exchange With Us Jewish Museum (Houissa)

9. Sephardic March of the Living Trip, Greece and Poland (Kerem)

10. Fellowships at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan (Weingarden)

11. Fellowships at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2009-2010: "Secularism and its Discontents: Rethinking an Organizing Principle of Modern Jewish Life" (Kraft)

12. Query: Study on Sephardic Songs at UCLA in the 1950s or 1960s (Galante)


1. AJS Conference Proposal Deadline: May 1 (Rozenblit and Sheramy)

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

via: Judaic and Near Eastern Studies <judaic(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 16:12:20 -0400

Dear AJS Member,

A reminder that the deadline for submitting a proposal for the AJS's 40th Annual Conference, to be held December 21 - 23, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, is 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 1, 2008.   The online submission site is available at  You can also access this site through the AJS homepage <>  (select link "Submit a Proposal").  Please note that anyone applying to participate in the conference, either as an individual presenter or as part of a session, must pay for both 2008-2009 membership dues and the 2008 conference registration fee in order for their proposal to be considered.  The conference registration fee is refundable upon request if a proposal is not accepted. Instructions for paying these fees can be found at  Please contact the AJS office at

ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions regarding the submission process.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.


Marsha Rozenblit,

Vice-President for Program

Rona Sheramy,

Executive Director

Association for Jewish Studies

Located at the Center for Jewish History

15 W. 16th Street

New York, NY 10011

Phone: 917.606.8249

Fax: 917.606.8222


Sara R. Horowitz, President

Rona Sheramy, Executive Director


2. Online Glossary and Indices to Maimonides' "On Poisons and the Protection Against Fatal Drugs" (Bos)

From: "Gerrit Bos" <Gerrit(dot)Bos(at)web(dot)de>

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:01:37 -0400

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Arabic-Hebrew-English glossary and the Hebrew indices to Maimonides' On Poisons and the Protection against Fatal Drugs can from now on be accessed through:

The glossary of the Arabic text and the Hebrew translations by Moses Ibn Tibbon and Zerahyah Hen and the indices to the Hebrew translations are designed to facilitate the interpretation of Arabic and Hebrew medieval scientific texts in general and of medical texts in particular, and to further our knowledge of the Hebrew medical terminology used by the individual translators in question.

The edition of the Arabic text of this treatise next to the Hebrew and Latin translations will be published by Brigham Young University Press in the course of this year.

Gerrit Bos

Martin-Buber-Institute for Jewish Studies

University of Cologne


3. New Publication: Maimonides, _On Asthma_ (Bos)

Date:    Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:24:41 -0400

From:    Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

Subject: Maimonides, On Asthma, volume 2

From: "Gerrit Bos" <Gerrit(dot)Bos(at)web(dot)de>

Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 6:15 AM

We are pleased to announce that Maimonides, On Asthma, vol. 2 has now been published by Brigham Young University Press. The volume contains critical editions of the medieval Hebrew and Latin translations, next to glossaries and indices. It consists of 798 pages. The ISBN-10 number is: 0842526900.

Gerrit Bos (University of Cologne) and Michael McVaugh (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).


4. New Issue of _Yod_ Devoted to Judeo-Spanish (Varol)

From: Sabetay et Marie Christine Varol [mailto:varol(at)noos(dot)fr]

via: "Stillman, Norman A." <nstillman(at)ou(dot)edu>

Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2008 4:05 AM

Dear colleagues and friends, queridos amigos y colegas, chers collègues et amis, kiridos haveres i amigos...

Rina Cohen y yo tenemos el placer de informarles que el numero 11 /12 de nuestra revista Yod esta dedicado al judeoespanol.

Rina Cohen and me have the pleasure to inform you that the new issue of our institute review Yod, n° 11 / 12 is devoted to Judeo-Spanish studies

Rina Cohen et moi-même avons le plaisir de vous informer que le numéro 11/ 12 de la revue Yod de notre institut est consacré au monde judéo-espagnol.

Rina Cohen i yo tenemos el gran plazer de azervos saver ke kitimos un numero de la revista Yod (Estudios Djudyos del Instituto INALCO) kaji enteramente enriva de Djudyo / djudezmo/ djudeoespanyol... asigun vos plaze dizir...

Click here for table of contents.

Marie-Christine Varol


5. Through Sephardic Eyes: Israel at 60 (ASF)

From:             American Sephardi Federation / Sephardic House Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:34:48 -0400 (EDT)

A Tribute to Israel at 60

American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House presents

Through Sephardic Eyes: Israel at 60

Join us in an observance of Israel's 60th Anniversary through the eyes and stories of Sephardic Jews who forged a new life in the young nation.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

6:00pm       View the exhibition:  The Last Aliyah from Yemen

7:00pm       Film: The Pioneers (Hehalutzim) . Post-screening discussion.


The Last Aliyah from Yemen: A Photographic Exhibition

The Jews of Yemen have always oriented themselves towards Israel throughout their history. The Silwa settlement in the late 19th century preceded the Aliyah Bilu

(1881-1903.)  The well-known Magic Carpet or "Eagles' Wings of 1949-1950, the major modern Yemen aliyah operation, is thus only one episode, albeit a significant turning point, in the history of Yemenite Jews in the Land of Israel.  This exhibit will focus on the last Jews to make aliyah in 1992, with the considerable efforts of the then U.S. Senator Alphonse D'Amato to gain their freedom. Photographs, Sampson Giat 1992. In cooperation with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Film Screening

The Pioneers (Hehalutzim)

Israel, 2007, 50 mins. Hebrew w/English subtitles.

A film by Aharale Cohen and Sigalit Banai.

Producer: Sigal Vanunu Gadish

Upon the establishment of the State of Israel, new immigrants were sent to peripheral regions in order to settle the Israeli frontier and to shape the country's borders. In 1951 a group of immigrants from Asia and North Africa arrived, in the middle of the night, to a desolate ma'abara (transit camp) location in the Negev. In time they established the town of Sderot. Today it is the target of ongoing terrorist rockets -- and yet it remains a unique and vibrant town.

Post-screening discussion with Richard Z. Chesnoff, prize-winning journalist, N.Y.

Daily News columnist and former U.S. News & World Report Senior Correspondent who has covered many of the major stories and personalities of our time – including Israel's early years and the establishment of its pioneer immigrant towns.

at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NYC

Free Admission for ASF/SH members

General Admission: $8 at the door

For information call 212.294.8350 or visit our website at:


6. Lecture on Margalit Matitiahu's Bilingual Poetry (Balbuena)

From: Monique Balbuena

Via: Shirley Marc - CSWS <shirmarc(at)uoregon(dot)edu>

Date:             Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:42:19 -0700


April 30th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., 330 Hendricks Hall

"The Self between Languages and Places: Margalit Matitiahu's Bilingual Poetry"

Part of the larger work Sephardic Identities in Diaspora, this chapter reads Israeli poet Matitiahu's bilingual Hebrew-Ladino poetry, focusing on issues of memory and exile and the place of Sephardic Jews in the discourse on the Shoah.  It also offers the first analysis of Sephardic "internal bilingualism" in the framework of what Naomi Seidman calls "the 'sexual-linguistic' system of Jewish diglossia."

Presented by: Monique Balbuena, Assistant Professor, R.D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Contact: 541-346-5015 - Center for the Study of Women in Society

Shirley Marc

Office and Events Coordinator

Center for the Study of Women in Society

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403-1201

Phone: 541-346-5015

Fax: 541-346-5096



7. Passover 2007 Concert of Ladino Music in Portugal (Paloma)

From:            Vanessa Paloma <cantos(at)vanessapaloma(dot)com>

Date:             Wed, 23 Apr 2008 23:02:05 +0000

Last Passover intermediate days I gave a concert at Porto's fabulous Art Deco synagogue: Mekor Haim.  Jorge Neves of Alfandega Filmes produced a short segment and just posted a beginning portion of the concert on Youtube.  Enjoy and Jag Kasher veSameaj!

La Pascua del año pasado dà un concierto en Porto, en la fabulosa sinagoga, Mekor Haim.  Jorge Neves de Alfandega Filmes produjo un segmento y acaba de ponerlo en YouTube.  Gozen!  y Jag Kasher VeSameaj!



8. Morocco's National Library Agrees On Exchange With Us Jewish Museum (Houissa)

From: melanet-l(at)cornell(dot)edu, On Behalf Of Ali Houissa

via: Rachel Simon <rsimon(at)Princeton(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:53:26 -0400

RABAT, March 13 (NNN-MAP) -- The National Library of Morocco and the New

York-based Museum of Jewish Heritage have agreed to exchange information and documents under an agreement signed in the Moroccan capital.

The agreement, which was signed on Tuesday, also provides for developing technical co-operation and boosting inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue, according to the Moroccan national radio.

The agreement is geared towards reinforcing the cultural exchange and sharing of technical know-how between the two institution, said Driss Khrouz, director of the National Library told the National Radio.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will thus have access to documents available in all universities and libraries across Morocco, he said, adding that the national library will contribute to digitalizing fundamental historical documents, magazines and papers.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of King Mohammed VI's adviser on Jewish affairs, André Azoulay, and the US Ambassador in Rabat, Thomas Riley. -- MMM-MAP


9. Sephardic March of the Living Trip, Greece and Poland (Kerem)

From: "Yitzchak Kerem" <ykerem(at)actcom(dot)co(dot)il>

From: Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 08:40:12 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The formatting of this message has been lost. Readers should contact Yitzchak Kerem for the accurate schedules.]

Sephardic March of the Living Trip to Greece and Poland (May 12-21, 2008),

Currently, Atlantis Tours of Athens run by Bergen Belsen survivor Solon (Shlomo) Benardout is working on arranging logistics for the trip. I am trying to work out two options, one is Greece for 8/9 days and the other is Greece 3 days, Poland 4 days, Greece 1-2 days. The aim is to keep the same dates, and to enable those interested to go to Poland, and those interested only in Greece to have a full week plus in Greece and visit additional Jewish communities. Same conditions remain; Sabbath observance, kosher food for those who need, etc. Jacko Maestro, Salonikan survivor and in charge of daily labor for 16,000 Auschwitz inmates, will accompany the group throughout Greece for the whole 9 days, and Yitzchak Kerem, historian on Greek Jewry in the Holocaust will accompany the Greece and Poland track.   Here is the proposed schedule:

Greece only                                               Greece and Poland

Monday, May 12, 2008.    Thessaloniki (Salonika)      Thessaloniki (Salonika)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008.    Thessaloniki (Salonika)      Thessaloniki (Salonika)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Veria, Trip to Ioannina     Veria, trip to Athens to catch flight to Warsaw

Thursday, May 15, 2008.   Visiting Jewish-related sights     Warsaw in Ioannina

Friday, May 16, 2008. Trip to Athens. Tour old cemetery    Trip to Treblinka. before Shabbat.


Arrive in Crackow before Shabbat.

Saturday, May 17, 2008.  Shabbat in Athens      

Shabbat in Crackow


Incl. walking tour of Jewish Crackow

Sunday, May 18, 2008. Day trip to Chalkis.              




Train To Warsaw

Monday, May 19, 2008  Touring in Athens. Flight to Athens. Old Jewish Cemetery

Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Jewish Museum, Haidari Camp,  Jewish Museum, Haidari Camp

Evening with local Survivors  

Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Return to Tel Aviv Others return to respective home.        

For additional details and notification of interest please me at

ykerem(at)actcom(dot)co(dot)il or kerems(at)actcom(dot)co(dot)il

tels: 972-2-5795595, 972-544-870316).

The contact details of the travel aganet are Solon Benardout, Atlantis Travel Agency, Athens, Greece, solon(at)atlantis(dot)gr and travel(at)atlantis(dot)gr (tels: 30-210-5202700, FAX:


In anticipation that you will participate in this rare opportunity and Holocaust commemoration trip for the memory of the annihilation of Greek and Sephardic Jewry,


Yitzchak Kerem


10. Fellowships at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan (Weingarden)

From: "Weingarden, Matthew" <mattwein(at)umich(dot)edu>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:47:03 -0400

Fellowship Opportunity: Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for semester- or year-long *residence* during the 2009-10 academic year from scholars in history, literature, religion, and the social sciences whose work both shifts the focus of scholarship in Jewish studies and explores the resulting implications and consequences. Both tenured and untenured faculty are eligible as well as recent Ph.D.s without a tenure-track position and professors emeriti.  The University of Michigan's academic year runs from the beginning of September 2009 to the end of April 2010.

Each year, the Institute develops a research theme that brings about a dozen scholars together to further their own research, interact with faculty, students and one another, and enrich the intellectual life of the community. Subjects and structures are broad enough to include scholars from various disciplines, working with varying methodologies, expansive in space and time.

The Frankel Institute theme for 2009-10 is "The Culture of Jewish Objects." Ranging from ritual artifacts to more mundane ones, from buildings to decorations to kitchens and beyond, this theme engages current developments in the field of material culture.  Scholars may study the purpose, use, and aesthetics of Jewish things, as well as the ways they have been embraced and contested throughout history. In the process, they may explore the interaction between Jews and their surroundings, between physical artifacts

and identity, between things and their many meanings. Visit for detailed information on the 2009-2010 Theme.

DEADLINE: October 17, 2008

Applications are available online at

Questions should be sent to JudaicStudies(at)umich(dot)edu or call 734-763-9047.

Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies

University of Michigan

202 South Thayer Street, Suite 2111

Ann Arbor, MI  48104-1608


11. Fellowships at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2009-2010: "Secularism and its Discontents: Rethinking an Organizing Principle of Modern Jewish Life" (Kraft)

From: "Robert Kraft" <kraft(at)ccat(dot)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu>

From: Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:05:57 -0400


University of Pennsylvania

Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2009–2010

Application Deadline: November 10, 2008



The notions of secularization, the secular, and secularism—and their intersection with the great narratives of modernity—have become subject to new and productive scrutiny. This fellowship year invites scholars from a broad range of disciplines to engage in a critical analysis of these overlapping concepts and their effects on religious, intellectual, and political life. Such an analysis will deepen our understanding of modern Jewish history and culture, as well as of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews from antiquity onward. At the same time, it will contribute to ongoing discussions that interrogate the theological aspects of secularism and their impact on modern interpretations of the idea of religion. We propose to study the Jewish role in the “formation of the secular” from a wide-angled, comparative outlook. By studying diverse Jewish communities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, we seek to encourage projects that bring Christian, Muslim, and other experiences into comparative perspective.

Project proposals might address aspects of the following general questions:

• How have Jews and Jewish communities defined themselves vis-à-vis “the secular”? How are Jewish approaches to “secularization” tied to the Christian, Muslim, or multi-religious societies in which Jews have lived and continue to live?

• How do Jews respond to the theological dimensions of discourse often deemed secular, such as in the ideas of science, toleration, and the state? How do we understand the lives of conversos, converts, and sceptics in the face of established religious boundaries?

• Does the advent of modern Israel challenge the categories of “the religious” and “the secular”? How might a reevaluation of these categories contribute to understanding Zionism, Orientalism, the relations between European and Mizrahi or Arab Jews, and the attitudes of Jews and Arabs in Israel and beyond toward one another?

• How is our understanding of “the secular” and “the religious” complicated when we study traditionalist groups that make use of the very instrumentalities of modern liberal institutions such as the media and the courts either to promote or protect their communities?

• Does the current European debate on minority cultures, citizenship, and national values hark back to an older European Jewish encounter with secular nationalism?

The Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and law 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 $40,000 for the academic year. A contribution also may be made toward travel expenses. The application deadline is November 10, 2008. Awards will be announced by February 1, 2009.

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)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu


12. Query: Study on Sephardic Songs at UCLA in the 1950s or 1960s (Galante)

From:             Vickie <seahorse(at)redshift(dot)com>

Date:             Sat, 19 Apr 2008 17:05:22 -0700

My name is Victoria Galante. My grandmother, Perla Galante [née, Alhadeff] was purportedly interviewed and some of her Sephardic songs recorded by a professor in the 1950s or 1960s. As best I understand, this was in conjunction with a UCLA research effort. She migrated to the US from the Island of Rhodes [Rodos], the place of her birth.

I would love to purchase copies of these tapes if possible. Can you put me in touch with someone who might help in my quest please?


Victoria Galante

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