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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – September 7, 2008

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, September 7, 2008 (7 Elul 5768)


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1. New Documentary on French Ethnicities by Johann Sadock (Sadock)

2. New Publication: Beginner’s Ladino Textbook (Celine)

3. New Publication: Ladino Textbook with 2 Audio CDs (Benor)

4. Table of Contents: _Moreshet Israel: A Journal for the Study of Judaism, Zionism and Eretz-Israel_, 5 September 2008 (Levin)

5. Article on Sephardim of Latin America (Bejarano)

6. Video of a Turkish Ladino song (Paloma)

7. Hebrew Union College Sephardic Studies Conference (Kligman)

8. Presentation of Judaica Reference & Bibliography Awards (Rosenbloom)

9. Center for Jewish History Graduate Seminar Program for Fall 2008 (Speilmann)

10. Job Opening: Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of American Jewish History, Temple University (Simon)

11. Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Wesleyan University (Teter)

12. New Foundation for Jewish Culture Subvention Grant for First Book in Jewish Studies (Zakrzewski)

13. Query: Web-based primary resources for Jewish Languages (Lerner)


1. New Documentary on French Ethnicities by Johann Sadock (Sadock)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Though the projection date for this documentary has passed, readers may be interested in ordering the documentary and visiting the Professor Sadock’s related website, “Au-delà du regard: rencontres multiethniques:” A username and password to visit this website can be obtained by contacting Professor Sadock directly at his email address below. The pertinent section is “Florence et Celine (Ivry Sur Seine): Rencontrées dans un centre communautaire juif d'Ivry Sur Seine.” See also:]

From: Johann Sadock <jsadock(at)MIT(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 10:11:44 -0400

MIT Club Francophone is proud to invite you to a projection of "Black, Blanc, Beur: Parlons-en!" documentary in French (no subtitles) by Johann Sadock.

Thursday, May 22, 2008,

MIT Room 4-231


Refreshments to be served

Filmmaker and Lecturer in French in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at MIT, Johann Sadock will be present to lead a discussion on the topics raised by his film.

"Black Blanc Beur: Parlons-en!" (2000) is a documentary in French based on interviews with youths of diverse ethnicities, journalists, and educators in the French 'Banlieues'. Subjects discussed include history and memory, inter-race relationships, anti-Semitism, discriminations, representation in media, violence, French identity and culture.

For more information, contact: francophone-bureau(at)mit(dot)edu

Johann Sadock


2. New Publication: Beginner’s Ladino Textbook (Celine)

From: Celine <purpleceline(at)gmail(dot)com>

via: "Robert A. Rothstein" <rar(at)slavic(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:42:34 -0400

On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:25 AM, Bruce Mitchell <brusos(at)hotmail(dot)com wrote:

    Is Marie-Christine Varol's book, _Manuel de Judéo Espagnol_ no longer on the market? That is also a beginning textbook in Ladino with an audio cassette, which includes songs as well as dialogues. I used it to teach songs in Ladino to my French and Spanish students at Maimonides years ago! It's a great textbook if you know French.

  Bruce Mitchell

Marie-Christine Varol's textbook was recently translated into English as _Manual of Judeo-Spanish: Language and Culture_, published by the University Press of Maryland.



3. New Publication: Ladino Textbook with 2 Audio CDs (Benor)

From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor(at)huc(dot)edu>

From: "Robert A. Rothstein" <rar(at)slavic(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:51:42 -0400

A new book:

Beginner's Ladino with 2 Audio CDs by Alla Markova (Available in September from Amazon)

Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, is the language of the Sephardim- Jews whose ancestors came from Sepharad (the Iberian Peninsula). During the Middle Ages, the Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula both spoke and wrote in the Romance languages of the host culture. They developed dialects different in some ways from the Castilian norm that was evolving. After the Expulsion of the Jews in 1492, this language became part of the "Iberian heritage" of the Sephardim throughout the world. The language of the Sephardic Jews is a reflection of their many wanderings. Since the Sephardim lived in different countries, their vernacular acquired some words, grammatical features, and expressions from many languages - from Arabic to Turkish to Greek to Serbian.

After the Shoah, the language has been in serious danger of extinction, but is now experiencing a revival. A number of universities now offer Ladino classes. There is even a Wikipedia in Ladino.

BEGINNER'S LADINO with 2 AUDIO CDs is the only Ladino language-instruction manual on the market today.

        *       brief history of the Sephardic Jews;

        *       13 practical lessons centered on everyday situations;

        *       exercises with answer keys;

        *       Ladino-English/English-Ladino glossaries;

        *       2 audio CDs of all dialogues, vocabulary, and useful expressions with correct pronunciation by native Ladino speakers

Alla Markova (alla(dot)markova(at)gmail(dot)com) prepares mediaeval and early modern Sephardic manuscripts for publication and has worked as an archival consultant for the American Sephardic Federation. She has taught Ladino at the Jewish University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a member of the Executive Committee of Sephardic Studies Group and the Modern Languages Association.

140 pages     5 ½ x 8 ½    $21.95  PB (CAN $ 25.95)  W Dec

ISBN13:  978-0-7818-1225-2         ISBN10: 0-7818-1225-9


4. Table of Contents: _Moreshet Israel: A Journal for the Study of Judaism, Zionism and Eretz-Israel_, 5 September 2008 (Levin)

From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1(at)mail(dot)biu(dot)ac(dot)il>

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

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only titles relevant to this listserve appear below.]

We are pleased to announce the publication of:

_Moreshet Israel: A Journal for the Study of Judaism, Zionism and Eretz-Israel_,

No. 5, September 2008.

Edited by Ortsion Bartana, Yigal Levin and Uri Tzur.


Yosef Guvrin: The Jewish Features of Khazaria

Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky: Non-Urban Social Encounters between Jews and

Moslems in the Ottoman Empire during the Sixteenth through the Eighteenth

Centuries: Characteristics and Consequences

Yair Sheiber: Yaakov Galiko's Estate

All articles are in Hebrew with English abstracts.

To order or subscribe please contact Yael Tzur, The Ariel University Center in Samaria, yaeltz(at)ariel(dot)ac(dot)il.

To submit papers for publication in upcoming issues, please contact the editors: obartana(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il or leviny1(at)mail(dot)biu(dot)ac(dot)il.


5. Article on Sephardim of Latin America (Bejarano)

From: margalit bejarano <msbejar(at)mscc(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il>

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:56:58 +0300

Here is an article that might interest you: “A Mosaic of Fragmented Identities:

The Sephardim in Latin America," in Judit Bokser Liwerant, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Yosef Gorny, and Raanan Rein, eds., _Identities in an Era of Globalization and Multiculturalism: Latin America in the Jewish World_. Click here to access it. [Reminder: Email subscribers to this listserve who wish to download this article should go to]

Margalit Bejarano

[ed: slight edit]


6. Video of a Turkish Ladino song (Paloma)

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

Date:     Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:53:27 -0400  

A video from Vanessa Paloma with Flor de Serena in performance at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, California:

Hadassah Brandeis Institute Scholar in Residence 2008

Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University

Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and Artist to Morocco 2007-2008



7. Hebrew Union College Sephardic Studies Conference (Kligman)

From: Mark Kligman <mkligman(at)huc(dot)edu>

Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:00:30 -0400

We are pleased to announce and important conference in Sephadi/Mizrahi Studies to take place November 16-18, 2008 in Los Angeles.

We do have funds available for graduate students and junior scholars. If you are interested please contact Erik Greenberg at egreenberg(at)huc(dot)edu

Mark Kligman

Professor of Jewish Musicology

Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion

1 W. 4th Street

New York, NY 10012




8. Presentation of Judaica Reference & Bibliography Awards (Rosenbloom)

From: "James Rosenbloom" <rosenbloom(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>

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

Date:    Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:21:10 -0400

Association of Jewish Libraries Presents Awards at Annual Conference

Winners Announced

July, 2008 - The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) presented its

Reference and Bibliography Awards at a gala banquet during its 43rd Annual Convention this June in Cleveland, Ohio. The winner of the Reference Award was Writers in Yiddish edited by Joseph Sherman (Thomsen Gale, 2007). The winner of the Bibliography Award was _Dictionary of Iberian Jewish and Converso Authors_ by Norman Roth (Aben Ezra Ediciones; Universidad Pontifica Salamanca, 2007). A special Body-of-Work Citation was presented to the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at the University of Cambridge, and to its retired director, Stefan Reif.

Honorable Mentions

Two additional titles earned Honorable Mentions. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism by Geoffrey W. Dennis (Llewellyn Publications, 2007) received a Judaica Reference Honorable Mention. Inventory of Yiddish Publications from the Netherlands, c. 1650-c.1950 by Mirjam Gutschow (Brill, 2007) received a Judaica Bibliography Honorable Mention.

More Information

Each of AJL's academic awards was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica works of reference and bibliography. The AJL Judaica Reference

Award is funded by Dr. Greta Silver of New York City, and the AJL Judaica

Bibliography Award is funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles. The Awards are presented annually to the authors of the most distinguished contributions to Judaica reference published in the preceding year. Detailed descriptions of this year's winners is available at the Association of Jewish Libraries' web site [].

For more information about the awards, including information on submitting eligible titles, contact the AJL Reference and Bibliography Awards Committee Chair, James Rosenbloom [mailto:rosenbloom(at)brandeis(dot)edu] of Brandeis University.

James Rosenbloom


9. Center for Jewish History Graduate Seminar Program for Fall 2008 (Speilmann)

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

via: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 17:38:21 -0400

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, NY  10011

Graduate Seminar Program, Fall 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2:00 - 3:30PM

     Kovno Room, 2nd Foor

     Hilit Surowitz, Morris and Alma Schapiro Fellow, and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Florida, presenting,  "Building 'The Nation': Portuguese Jewish Community in the Atlantic World"

Dr. Jonathan Schorsch, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion, Columbia University, responding.

10. Job Opening: Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of American Jewish History, Temple University (Simon)

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

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 22:15:35 -0400

      Temple University invites applications from American Jewish historians at the advanced assistant or associate rank for the Murray Friedman Chair in American Jewish History. We seek a historian of American Jewish History with a superior record of publication and teaching for this professorship to be jointly appointed beginning in September, 2009, in the Department of History and the Program in Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will participate in Temple's graduate program, which has particular strengths in American history. In addition to publishing and offering courses in American Jewish History, the Friedman Professor will serve as Director of the Meyer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Program planning, administrative, and fund-raising experience is therefore preferred. Information on the Center is available at: Please send a letter of application, c.v., three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching excellence, and an article- or chapter-length writing sample to Professor Bryant Simon, Chair, American Jewish History Search Committee, Department of History, Temple University, Gladfelter Hall (025-24), 1115 West Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089. Only applications received before November 14, 2008 will be considered. Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer, committed to achieving a diverse community.

      Contact Info:

      Professor Bryant Simon, Chair

      American Jewish History Search Committee

      Department of History

      Temple University

      Gladfelter Hall (025-24)

      1115 West Berks Street

      Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089



11. Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Wesleyan University (Teter)

From: "Teter, Magda" <mteter(at)wesleyan(dot)edu>

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

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:16:41 -0400

      The Department of Religion at Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, to begin in the fall of 2009. Candidates will be expected to have Ph.D. in hand, or be very close to completion, by the time of appointment. The department seeks candidates with comprehensive training in Jewish studies and Jewish religious traditions who can teach broadly within and beyond their area of specialization. Qualified candidates must have proficiency in the Hebrew language and in a wide range of the Jewish intertextual tradition, including the Hebrew Bible. The department is flexible with regard to a candidate's disciplinary orientation, but will favor those whose work is informed by and in conversation with current theoretical trends in the humanities and social sciences. Candidates specializing in Sephardic, Arab, or North African Jewish traditions and communities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out a significant program of research and publication, to teach the Hebrew Bible on a regular basis, the department's Introduction to the Study of Religion and Majors Colloquium on Method and Theory on a rotating basis, and to contribute to the interdepartmental Certificate Program in Jewish and Israel Studies.

      Applications should include a curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, and written samples of scholarship. Applications received by October 17, 2008, will be given full consideration; preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion in November. Applications should be sent to Professor Ron Cameron, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Religion, 171 Church Street, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459. Wesleyan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


12. New Foundation for Jewish Culture Subvention Grant for First Book in Jewish Studies (Zakrzewski)

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

Date:    Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:09:57 -0400

      The Foundation for Jewish Culture is pleased to announce its new subvention grant for the publication of outstanding first book in Jewish studies.

      The Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Grant in Jewish studies awards a single $3,000 grant on a biannual basis to support the publication of an outstanding first book project by a recent Ph.D. (Applicants must have completed their Ph.D.s within 6 years of application.)

      The prize recognizes the originality, scope, and scholarly rigor of any first book published within approved categories related to Jewish studies.

      All applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, September 26, 2008. Materials hand delivered to the Foundation must be received by 4PM on Friday, September 26, 2008. The award announcements will be made on or before December 31, 2008.

      For more information and to download an application, please visit

     Paul Zakrzewski

      Program Director, Literature & Scholarship

      Foundation for Jewish Culture

      P.O Box 489

      New York, NY 10011

      Fed-Ex to: 330 Seventh Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10001

      Email: grants(at)jewishculture(dot)org

      Visit the website at


13. Query: Web-based primary resources for Jewish Languages (Lerner)

From: Heidi Lerner <lerner(at)stanford(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:00:06 -0700

I am writing an article on web-based primary resources and sources for Jewish languages including textual, visual (image and video), and sound. I am interested in knowing about the existence and availability (public and proprietary/subscription based) of the following (see below) types of materials in Hebrew, Yiddish, Judezmo, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Malayalam, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Romance languages, Judeo-Greek, Judeo-Tat, Judeo-Persian, and other languages that have been described or called Jewish languages at Ethnologue or elsewhere. These may also include publications of primary materials that have appeared in secondary sources such as journals, dissertations and monographs. I would also like to know about materials that have been or are in the planning/project stages of digitization but are not available on the Internet.

Annotated corpora

Unannotated corpora


Recordings (Sound and transcribed)

Blogs and other web2 technologies

Other archival materials?

Any help or information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Heidi G. Lerner

Hebraica/Judaica Cataloger

Metadata Dept.

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, CA  94305-6004

ph: 650-725-9953

fax: 650-725-1120

e-mail: lerner(at)stanford(dot)edu


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