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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – November 2, 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, November 2, 2008 (4 Heshvan 5769)


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1. Table of Contents: _Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism_ vol. 8_ (Freudenthal)

2. Table of Contents: _Israel Studies_ 13:3, Fall 2008 (journals)

3. New Publication and Exhibition: _Traces of Sepharad_ (Shanker)

4. Sephardic Music Website (Bresler)

5. Job Opportunity: Director of Documentation, Holocaust Documentation and Education Center (Kenigsberg)

6. Job Opportunity: Grants Manager, Center for Cultural Judaism (Baron)

7. Job Opportunity: Associate or Full Professor of medieval/early modern history, Johns Hopkins University (Enders)

8. Visiting Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

9. Call for Papers: Israeli Association for the Study of History of Italian Jews annual conference (Lattes)

10. Call for Papers: Seminar on Global Jewish Languages and Literature (jll)

11. Seminars in Italian Jewish Studies at the Centro Primo Levi (Indrimi)

12. Lecture in New York: The Syrian Jewish Community: Force or Fossil? (JCC)

13. Lecture in Cambridge, MA: "Psychiatry and Prejudice: Perceptions of the Orient among European Jewish Immigrant Psychiatrists in Palestine, 1924-1941" (Hoffman)

14. 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel: Two Events at Florida International University (Zohar)


1. Table of Contents: _Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism_ vol. 8_ (Freudenthal)

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

via: "Gad Freudenthal" <gad(dot)freudenthal(at)gmail(dot)com>

Date:    Sat, 27 Sep 2008 20:17:33 -0400

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

The 8th volume of Aleph:  Historical Studies in Science & Judaism has just appeared.

Table of Contents

A r t i c l e s

José Martínez Delgado

Maimonides in the Context of Andalusian Hebrew Lexicography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Gad Freudenthal

Samuel Ibn Tibbon’s Avicennian Theory of an Eternal World … 41

A l e p h F o r u m:

Maimonides on the Knowability of the Heavens and of Their Mover (Guide 2:24)

Gad Freudenthal

Editor’s Introduction to the Forum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 151

Joshua Blau

The Controversial Sentence of Guide 2:24: A Philologist’s Perspective. . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Herbert A. Davidson

The Problematic Passage in Guide for the Perplexed 2:24  . . . . . . .163

Carlos Fraenkel

Maimonides, Averroes, and Samuel Ibn Tibbon on a Skandalon of Medieval Science. 195

Warren Zev Harvey Maimonides’ Critical Epistemology and Guide 2:24. . . . . . . . . . 213

Alfred Ivry

Guide 2:24 and All That ‘Jazz’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

Joel L. Kraemer

Is There a Text in this Class?   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

Y. Tzvi Langermann

My Truest Perplexities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301

Josef Stern

The Knot That Never Was . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319

B r i e f  C o m m u n i c a t i o n s

Sacha Stern and Piergabriele Mancuso

Shabbetai Donnolo and the Jewish Calendar: Corrigenda  . . . . . 343

Y. Tzvi Langermann

 From my Notebooks: A (The?) Geniza Fragment on Optics . . . . .  345

T h e T r e a s u r e T r o v e

Aviezer Ravitzky

Aristotle’s Meteorology and the Maimonidean Modes of Interpreting the Account of Creation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  361

Aleph can be accessed via   or

Annual subscription:  $ 35.00 per year (individuals).

For submissions please contact the editor:

ALEPH-Historical Studies in Science and Judaism

Gad Freudenthal, Editor

Centre d'histoire des sciences et des philosophies arabes et médiévales

7 Rue Guy Môquet

B.P. 8

94801 Villejuif Cédex


Email: gad(dot)freudenthal(at)gmail(dot)com


2. Table of Contents: _Israel Studies_ 13:3, Fall 2008 (journals)

From: "JOURNALS" journals(at)indiana(dot)edu

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

Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 11:37:24 -0400

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

Table of Contents: Israel Studies, 13:3 Fall 2008

Special Volume: Israeli Secular-Religious Dialectics

Guest Editor: Gideon Katz

Introduction  v

Gideon Katz


The Secular Origins of Mizrahi Traditionalism 22

Nissim Leon


3. New Publication and Exhibition: _Traces of Sepharad_ (Shanker)

From: Marc Shanker <marcshanker(at)aol(dot)com>

Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 16:18:14 -0400           2

Press Release

You can order books and view the images at:

Contact: David Dorfman Pop Media, 201.280.6182 or david(at)popmediamarketing(dot)com


Exhibit and Book Opens a Unique Window into the World of Medieval Sephardic Wisdom and Culture

“Marc Shanker… has turned them (proverbs) into images…that look like fairy tale illustrations at times and, at others, like scenes glimpsed in a child’s nightmare…”

-- Antonio Muñoz Molina

“Marc Shanker’s haunted art conjures the spirits of Spain and Salonica, via Brooklyn…” -- Peter Cole

“… Shanker does with art what readers do through interpretation, combining memory with imagination…”

-- T.A.Perry

Language is the first element of a culture to be lost under pressure of assimilation. Lost with it are the patterns of thought and ways of seeing and interpreting the world. Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), a form of medieval Spanish spoken even today by descendents of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492, is endangered. Proverbs are an oral tradition used to pass knowledge and wisdom gleaned from the experiences of preceding generations. The new exhibition and book, _Traces of Sepharad_, by Marc Shanker, features more than 40 interpretive etchings of Judeo-Spanish proverbs, offering a unique window into Sephardic culture and thinking. A recording of the proverbs by a native Ladino speaker will give viewers a sense of the sound and meter of the language.

The exhibition, “Traces of Sepharad,” will open Monday, November 10, 2008 (6 to 8pm) and continue through February 2009, at the Center for Jewish History, NYC. The exhibition is hosted by American Sephardi Federation, and co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Spain in New York, the Turkish Consulate General in New York, and the Instituto Cervantes, New York. The Jewish expulsion and the Diaspora that followed, with many of the exiled Jews settling in the Ottoman Empire, is the central focus that ties these institutions together; Spain is in the process of reinterpreting its history and reassessing the contribution of its Jewish and Muslim communities; the Ottoman Turks welcomed the exiled Sephardic Jews, and for over 400 years was a principal repository of Judeo-Spanish language and culture; the American Sephardi Federation’s mission is the preservation of Sephardic culture, and the fostering of fraternal links to other religions and nationalities.   

A program is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2008 (6pm Exhibit viewing; 7pm Program). Mr. Shanker will speak about his work and book. Joining him will be Spanish novelist, Antonio Muñoz Molina, and Sephardic and Biblical scholar, Professor T.A. Perry. They will discuss the origins and meanings of the proverbs, their relationship to Sephardic and Spanish culture, and the making of the book.  A book signing follows. 

The Etchings:

Mr. Shanker is the first artist to tap the rich source of Judeo-Spanish proverbs as the basis of a large body of fine art. The sheer breadth and number of interpretive etchings --line etchings and aquatints --with their many faceted levels of meaning, appeal to a broad audience, even those unfamiliar with Sephardic culture.

Proverbs are the wisdom of the common people. Mr. Shanker’s naïve style of drawing and his rich visual imagination mirror the spirit of the proverbs, transforming them into simple images without sacrificing their complex meanings. Mr. Shanker’s etchings reflect the proverbs’ appealing mix of common sense, timeless wisdom, pithy humor, and irreverence.

1.Del loco y del niño se sabe la verdad.

The truth is known from fools and children.

2.Madre que parió culevros, se apiaidó de ellos.

The mother who bore snakes felt pity for them.


Accompanying the exhibition is the release of the newly published book, with translations in Spanish, _Traces of Sepharad_ (_Huellas de Sefarad_).

_Traces of Sepharad_, is the first book to use Ladino proverbs as the basis of a large body of serious visual art. Mr. Shanker’s etchings are accompanied by essays by the artist, Mr. Antonio Muñoz Molina, an internationally known novelist and critic, and by Professor T.A. Perry, a respected Sephardic and Biblical scholar. Together the book forges a unique synthesis of fine art, and literary and scholarly essays that touch on salient aspects of the Sephardic experience: language, meaning, humor, religion, cultural and personal identity, family, exile, assimilation, as well as connections to contemporary Spain.

Artist & Author:

Marc Shanker is a self-taught artist and a Sephardic Jew. He has been painting, drawing and writing for more than 30 years. His narrative style of art mirrors qualities intrinsic to the Sephardic proverbs: irony, humor, and contradiction while illuminating and interpreting their meanings. Mr. Shanker has exhibited widely, and has published his art in small press magazines. 


Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of several novels including: Sepharad (Harcourt, 2003); In Her Absence (Other Press, 2007); A Manuscript of Ashes (Harcourt, 2008). He has been awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura in Spain, and the Prix Femina in France. He lives in Madrid and New York City.

T. A. Perry is a Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is author of several books including: The Moral Proverbs of Santob de Carrión (Princeton, 1987); Wisdom Literature and the Structure of Proverbs (Penn State, 1993); Dialogues with Kohelet (Penn State, 1993). His most recent books are: The Honeymoon is Over: Jonah’s Argument with God (Hendrickson, 2006), and God’s Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible (Hendrickson, 2008).

Opening Reception:  November 10, 2008, 6 to 8pm / Free Admission

Exhibition continues through February 2009

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

Reservations are required.  To RSVP:  Please call 212.294.8350 x.0

For more information about the exhibit, book, Marc Shanker, American Sephardi Federation and/or to set up an interview, please contact David Dorfman at Pop Media 201.280.6182 or david(at)


4. Sephardic Music Website (Bresler)

From: Joel Bresler <joel(dot)br(at)verizon(dot)net>

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

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 22:54:56 -0400


I am very pleased to announce the launch of my site,

The site chronicles the first 100 years of commercial Sephardic recordings. It includes survey articles on the 78 and modern eras, a comprehensive discography of Sephardic 78s, and a sample of what a proposed discography of modern-era recordings could look like.

I have tried to take advantage of the web's multimedia capabilities to expand well beyond the normal contents of a discography (artist, title, place and date recorded, etc.) Wherever possible, I include label graphics and sound samples. A Union Catalog feature shows which public institutions own a particular recording, and I have normalized the songs' titles so that users can find all versions of any given song. Last, I have included information on the labels that published these recordings, the artists that made them, and the stores that sold them. I would welcome your comments.

With more and more collectors digitizing their titles, I think there is a great opportunity for hosting vernacular 78s on the Web. Instead of satisfying ourselves with a limited diet of CD re-releases, we can now contemplate the prospects of access to the majority of the releases. (While I am no lawyer, Canadian and European releases of traditional songs on 78 should all be in the public domain by now.)

I will be glad to explore the possibilities in this discussion thread. I would also like to thank Ari Davidow and this list's participants for the amazing amount of help provided me over the past decade. Particular thanks also go to list members Prof. Judith R. Cohen and Michael Aylward.


Joel Bresler

Joel Bresler, Publisher

250 E. Emerson Road

Lexington, MA 02420

United States

1-781-862-4104 (Telephone & FAX)





5. Job Opportunity: Director of Documentation, Holocaust Documentation and Education Center (Kenigsberg)

From: Rositta E. Kenigsberg <info(at)hdec(dot)org>

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

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 07:10:36 -0400

JOB: Director of Documentation, Holocaust Documentation and Education Center

      We are seeking a Director of Documentation for our Oral History Library Collection of Holocaust Survivors, liberators, and rescuers. We require a director who will perform hands-on work, not a director who only wants to perform research.

      1. Position requirements

      PhD in history

      Scholarly knowledge of the Holocaust

      Teaching and public speaking experience preferred

      Knowledge of European languages and oral history experience helpful

      Excellent computer skills including experience with word processing and database applications

      2. Position description

      The primary responsibility of the position is to administer and oversee the documentation department and all aspects of the Center's Oral History Library Collection, including gathering testimonies; preserving and digitizing the audio and video files of over 6,000 hours of interviews with Holocaust Survivors, liberators and rescuers; getting testimonies ready for viewing over the Internet; and overseeing the transcription and audit/editing of the testimonies. This is a very exciting time in the Center's history as we embark on the construction of the first South Florida Holocaust Museum, and the position of Director of Documentation will be most challenging and rewarding.

      The position reports directly to the Executive Vice President. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

      Recruitment of interviewees.

      Develop and schedule the annual college-accredited Volunteer Interview Training and Lecture Series.

      Recruitment of volunteer interviewers, videographers, transcribers, and audit/editors.

      Maintain schedule of interviews.

      Supervise the ongoing transcribing and audit/editing process.

      Preserve and digitize the collection.

      Provide an abstract of each interview.

      Oversee and preserve memorabilia and photograph collection.

      Ability to seek and write grants.

      Work with librarian in the cataloging of the testimonies.

      Provide the Board of Directors with quarterly and annual progress reports.

      Be available to speak to schools, universities, and community groups.

      Salary is negotiable. Please send CV and references to:

      Rositta E. Kenigsberg, Executive Vice President

      Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Inc.

      2031 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

      Email: info(at)hdec(dot)org.



6. Job Opportunity: Grants Manager, Center for Cultural Judaism (Baron)

From: Myrna Baron: myrna(at)culturaljudaism(dot)org

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

Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 07:11:31 -0400

      The Center for Cultural Judaism, a New York City-based non-profit, seeks a full-time Grants Manager to facilitate a new grantmaking program for university-based continuing education. The Grants Manager will be a liaison among the Center for Cultural Judaism, the Foundation that funds the grants, and the grant recipients, to develop the new program and support course development in the academic study of Jewish secularism and secularization. The position requires travel to universities and conferences in North America. The full-time position provides benefits.

      The ideal candidate has an understanding of Jewish culture, Jewish secularism or experience in secular Jewish education. MA required, preferably in History, Education, Literature, Jewish Studies or other related discipline. Knowledge of modern Jewish history, secular Jewish culture, and higher education or continuing education is required.

      To succeed in this position you'll need excellent writing and verbal skills, as well as strong organizational, and interpersonal skills, passion for the subject, and attention to detail. Excellent computer skills and Mac experience will be very helpful.

      We will consider part-time candidates, based on availability and qualifications. Graduate and Doctoral students are encouraged to apply. The part-time position will accommodate a flexible schedule, but will require travel.

      Email cover letter and resume, including salary requirements to

myrna(at)culturaljudaism(dot)org. Email resumes must have the applicant's name in the title of the attachment to be downloaded and therefore considered. Cover letter and resume can also be faxed to 212-564-6721.

      Contact Info:

      Myrna Baron

      Executive Director

      Center for Cultural Judaism

      80 8th Avenue, Suite 206

      New York, NY 10011



7. Job Opportunity: Associate or Full Professor of medieval/early modern history, Johns Hopkins University (Enders)

From: "Lisa Enders" <leb1(at)jhu(dot)edu>

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

Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 11:33:23 -0400

Medieval/Early Modern. The Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level in the field of medieval/early modern history, with a particular focus on Jewish history or Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations. Historians specializing in the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds are particularly encouraged to apply. Send a letter of interest, a CV, and three letters of recommendation to Professsor Richard Kagan, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University, 2850 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218, no later than 1 January 2009. Candidates of sufficient distinction may be considered for the Charlotte Bloomberg Chair in the Humanities. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Johns Hopkins University is an AA/EOE employer.

Lisa Enders


8. Visiting Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

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

via: From: "Isaiah Gafni" <msgafni(at)mscc(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il>

Date:    Mon, 29 Sep 2008 09:38:58 -0400


Yad Hanadiv and the Beracha Foundation have established a Visiting Fellowship Program in Jewish Studies. Fellowships are granted each year to scholars of Jewish Studies who hold non-tenured university positions (or who will receive tenure after September 2009). Fellows will spend the academic year in Israel pursuing their own research, while also working with a senior scholar in their field. The fellowship for 2009-2010 will be in the sum of $24,000., with an additional $3000. for spouse, plus $3000. per child. Fellows are required to confirm that upon completion of the fellowship they will resume teaching Jewish Studies at a university abroad.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23rd December 2008.

Application forms and additional information may be obtained by writing

            Yad Hanadiv/ Beracha Foundation Fellowships

            16 Ibn Gvirol St.

            Jerusalem 92430 ISRAEL

 or by e-mail:   natania(at)yadhanadiv(dot)org(dot)il

           or:   msgafni(at)huji(dot)ac(dot)il


9. Call for Papers: Israeli Association for the Study of History of Italian Jews annual conference (Lattes)

From: "Dr. Yaakov Lattes" <lattesy(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il>

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

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:47 AM

ASSEI - The Israeli Association for the Study of History of Italian Jews is organizing its first annual conference. Its purpose is to offer an opportunity for researchers of different fields to meet and present their recent contributions to all the aspects of the history and culture of Italian Jewry.

Therefore, the ASSEI welcomes every scholar who is researching Italian Jewry to present the fruit of his or her research. Lectures should not exceed 20 min., to be followed by discussion.

The conference will take place on the 25th of February 2009  in the

Cimbalista lecture hall, Tel Aviv University.

Please send applications and abstract of proposed papers no later than

1/12/2008 to this e-mail address:


All proposals will be submitted to an academic committee.

The organizing committee:

Dr. Nadia Zeldes

Dr. Yaakov Andrea Lattes

Dr. Asher Salah

Hillel Sermoneta


10. Call for Papers: Seminar on Global Jewish Languages and Literature (jll)

From: Lily Center for Jewish Languages and Literatures <jll(at)fas(dot)harvard(dot)edu>

Date:    Fri, 24 Oct 2008 12:37:50 -0400

Professor Marc Shell and graduate students Isabelle Levy and Debra Caplan at Harvard University have organized a new seminar for the ACLA conference in March 2009 on global Jewish languages and literature.  We hope that you will consider submitting a paper for this exciting new panel.  The seminar description is below:

*Global Jewish Languages and Literature*

Jews have been creating unique fusion languages for thousands of years, beginning with Aramaic, which combined the lingua franca of the Assyrian and Persian Empires with classical Hebrew.  These languages include: Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Aramaic, Judeo-Spanish/Ladino/Judezmo, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, Yevanic, Judeo-Malayalam, Shuadit, Judeo-Italian/Italkian, Judeo-Provencal, Judeo-Portuguese, Israeli Sign Language, Karaim, Judeo-Georgian, Israeli Sign Language and Judeo-Chinese, among others.

Papers on Jewish languages and literature are sought that address the following questions:

What constitutes a Jewish language? How have Jewish languages been affected by modernity and geographical dislocation?  What, if anything, makes a language "Jewish"?  Does linguistic "Jewishness" reside in typography, literature, alphabet, culture, or elsewhere? What are the parameters of Jewish literature?

Papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives are sought addressingthese themes  and others, including alphabetization, translation, oral tradition, diaspora, literary production and dissemination, and the sociology of Jewish languages.  The panel encourages papers that focus primarily on primary texts in one or more Jewish languages.  Papers that include translations of a text and/or critical discussions about the process of translating to and from Jewish languages are particularly welcome.

All proposals should be submitted via the ACLA website ( by November 3. Proposals should be approximately 250 words and should include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address. Please include any audio/visual requirements. Contact us at jll(at)fas(dot)harvard(dot)edu with any questions.


11. Seminars in Italian Jewish Studies at the Centro Primo Levi (Indrimi)

From: "Natalia Indrimi" natalia(at)primolevicenter(dot)org

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

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:10 AM

Centro Primo Levi presents

The Gisella Levi Cahnman Open Seminars in Italian Jewish Studies


Centro Primo Levi, Italian Studies at the Center for Jewish History

15 W 16 St., NYC -

Tickets: (212) 868-4444 or

Students and faculty may request free passes at: natalia(at)primolevicenter(dot)org


November 3, 6pm


University of Pennsylvania

Beyond the Dialectic of Ghetto versus Integration. Towards a new vision of Jewish cultural history in Italy.

David Ruderman, director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and renowned expert in the history of ideas that shaped the identity and culture of Italian Jewry reframes in thought-provoking terms the historical dynamics of one of the oldest European minorities.

Re-examining the place of Jews in Italian culture and society during and after the Renaissance, and trying to assess the nature of their integration and segregation during the Ghetto period, he looks at the work of Judah Messer Leon (15th cent.), Judah Del Bene (17th cent.) and Elijah Benamozegh (19th cent.) in search of a cultural posture common to them all, perhaps a key to understanding the unique nature of Italian Jewish cultural history. Whether and how strongly are his views affected by the post-modern homiletics of a 21th century American Jew remains to be seen. But the ideas and methodological questions sparkled by Ruderman's work continue to stand today as precious references for scholars in all fields and for the public at large.

December 16, 17, 18, 6pm


University of Venice/Boston University

Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, Boston University

From "Jews" to "Israelites." Identity and tradition at the dawn of emancipation. Gadi Luzzatto, a scholar of modern Jewish and European history, anti-semitism, and the State of Israel, will raise interpretative issues and explore real life stories of 19th century men and women against the background of the political and cultural changes that redefined Italy in the wake of unification.


12. Lecture in New York: The Syrian Jewish Community: Force or Fossil? (JCC)

From: jccmanhattan(at)jccmanhattan(dot)org

via: American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House <info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org>

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 12:03:51 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Although this lecture has passed, readers may be interested in the topic.]

A Taste of the Mediteranean at The JCC in Manhattan

ASF is pleased to inform you of tonight's program at the JCC in Manhattan.

JCC Jewish Multiculturalism


The Syrian Jewish Community: Force or Fossil?



The Jews of Syria constitute one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Join us for a a distinguished panel including Rabbi Ezra Labaton, rabbi of Congregation Magen David of West Deal, New Jersey; Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, scholar-in-residence at the UJA-Federation of New York and the first woman from this community to be ordained as a rabbi; Sara Labaton, a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU; and moderator Mark Kligman, PhD, professor of Jewish Musicology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, who has published several articles on the liturgy of Syrian Jews. The evening will include Syrian Jewish music and desserts!

Tue, Oct 28

7 pm



The JCC in Manhattan -



The JCC in Manhattan | Samuel Priest Rose Building | 334 Amsterdam Avenue | New York | NY | 10023



13. Lecture in Cambridge, MA: "Psychiatry and Prejudice: Perceptions of the Orient among European Jewish Immigrant Psychiatrists in Palestine, 1924-1941" (Hoffman)

From: Miriam Hoffman tauber(at)brandeis(dot)edu

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:15:48 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Although this lecture has passed, readers may be interested in the title and scholar.]

*Thursday, October 30, 2008

*4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Cabot Room

*"Psychiatry and Prejudice: Perceptions of the Orient among European Jewish Immigrant Psychiatrists in Palestine, 1924-1941"

* Rakefet Zalashik

<>, Assistant

Professor/Faculty Fellow of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

Phyllis Albert, Ph.D.

Center for European Studies

Harvard University

617 969 7745


14. 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel: Two Events at Florida International University (Zohar)

From:  FIU Sephardic Studies <sephardi(at)fiu(dot)edu>

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:26:05 -0400

The President Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic & Oriental Jewry and Florida International University

Invite you in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the state of Israel to the following two panels:

Israel, Zionism and Mizrahi (Oriental) Jewry

DATE: Thursday, November 6, 2008

TIME: 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Academic One -194

Biscayne Bay Campus,

Florida International

University North Miami, 33181



Gathering in the lecture hall – Academic One -194


Opening remarks and introduction by the Chair: Meri-Jane Rochelson, Florida International University


Baghdadis Versus Secularists:  The Comparative Zionisms of Singapore and Manila

Jonathan Goldstein, University of West Georgia


The restoration of Sephardic identity among Jews from Moslem countries in Israel

Avi Picard, New York University



Abe Lavander, Florida International University


From I-95* take any street east that takes you to Biscayne Boulevard and drive on Biscayne Boulevard (from the north go south, from the south go north) to 151st Street in North Miami, turn into 151st Street heading east until you see the florescent sign on the left side of the street. Turn left using the first entrance and get to the parking lot next to the library, you may park anywhere you want. Academic one is very visible from the parking lot, or you can ask any student who will direct you to the building. The lecture hall is in the first floor.


If you have any questions, please contact Zion Zohar or Antonina Shachar at (305) 919-5610.**


DATE: Friday, November 7, 2008

TIME: 2:00pm - 3:40pm


Ibis Lecture Hall

James L. Knight Center

400 SE 2nd Ave.

Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-416-5970


Chair: Richard Golden, University of North Texas


"A Room without a View: Gender and Space in Russian-Israeli Film"

Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


"Populating Israel's Remote Areas with Moroccan Immigrants during the 1950s."

Avi Picard, New York University


"Ethnic Protest Movements in the State of Israel — A 60-Year Perspective."

Zion Zohar, Florida International University



Jonathan Goldstein, University of West Georgia

The panel is free to the friends of the Sephardic studies program.


From Miami Beach: Take either the MacArthur, Venetian or Julia Tuttle causeways west to Interstate 95 and head South to Exit 2 A. Follow the directional signage to the Center located just one quarter mile east of the interstate. *From Miami - North: *Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 2 A. Follow the directional signage to the Center located just one quarter mile from the Interstate. *From Miami - South:* Take US 1 North to Interstate 95 to Exit 2 A. Follow the directional signage to the Center located just one quarter mile east of the Interstate.

Please note: This event is cosponsored by too many organizations to mention them all, chief among them are University of Miami, University of North Texas, American Geographical Society, Cuban American National Foundation and Texas Christian University. For the complete list of cosponsors please see the link below:



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