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1. Table of Contents: _Jewish Quarterly Review_ 4 (Fall 2008)

2. Table of Contents: _Southern Jewish History_, 11 (2008)

3. New Scholarship: Annette Benaim, “Judeo-Spanish Testimonies in Sixteenth-
Century Responsa” (Benaim)

4. Videotaped Ladino Fieldwork from Israel: Willing to Share (Bishop)

5. Update on JIMENA—Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

6. Jacob Raider Marcus Center Fellowship Program Call for Applications (Koven)

7. Postdoctoral Fellowships for "Europe in the Middle East (Khalil)

8. Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Wertman)

9. Shusterman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

10. New American Academy of Religion Program Unit on Premodern Religions

11. Nashim Conference on Jewish Women and Philanthropy, New Orleans, July 2009

12. Jewish Jamaica Cemetery Inventory Announcement (Frankel)

13. New Academic Research Prize for Women Launched (Paxton)

14. Query: Jews of Mauritania and North Africa (Faigan)

15. Jews Living in Islamic Lands Symposium on 11/16 at Museum of Jewish
Heritage, NYC (Safier)

16. Passing of David F. Altabé, Hank Halio, and David Siman (Ladinokomunita)


1. Table of Contents: _Jewish Quarterly Review_ 4 (Fall 2008)

From: "Penn Press Journals" <pennjournals(at)gmail(dot)com>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:52:36 -0500

The Jewish Quarterly Review


Forum: on the Arab Jew

Historicizing the Concept of Arab Jews in the Maghrib

Historicizing the Concept of Arab Jews in the Mashriq


Odo of Tournai and the Dehumanization of Medieval Jews: A Reexamination

The Speech of Being, the Voice of God: Phonetic Mysticism in the Kabbalah of
Asher ben David and His Contemporaries

Reading May '68 through a Levinasian Lens: Alain Finkielkraut, Maurice
Blanchot, and the Politics of Identity

Book Reviews

Richard H. Popkin, Spinoza
Nancy K. Levene, Spinoza's Revelation: Religion, Democracy, Reason
Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise, Martin P. Yaffe, trans.

Jay R. Berkovitz, Rites and Passages: The Beginnings of Modern Jewish
Culture in France, 1650-1860
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution: The
Making of Modern Universalism

Francesca Albertini, Das Verstandnis des Seins bei Hermann Cohen: Vom
Neukantianismus zu einer judischen Religionsphilosophie
Andrea Poma, Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen's Thought

Eva Telkes-Klein, L'Universite hebraique de Jerusalem a travers ses acteurs:
La premiere generation de professeurs (1925-1948)

Janet Martin Soskice and Diana Lipton, eds., Feminism and Theology

Publisher: Penn Press


2. Table of Contents: _Southern Jewish History_, 11 (2008)

Subject: From: "Rachel" <rachelheimovics(at)att(dot)net>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:34:16 -0500

Southern Jewish History is pleased to announce publication of volume 11 (2008.)

Table of Contents:

In the Shadow of Hitler: Birmingham;s Temple Emanu-El and Nazism, by
Dan J. Puckett

Harry Golden, New Yorker: I ¢¾ NC, by Leonard Rogoff

Charleston Jewry, Black Civil Rights, and Rabbi Burton Padoll, by Allen

Personality Profile: A Sephardic Physician in Williamsburg, Virginia,
by Alan L. Breitler and Susan Pryor

Primary Sources: Tales of Two Weddings

Henrietta Shebeiner marries Aaron Davis, June 7, 1870, Eufaula,
Alabama, by Daniel R. Weinfeld

Rosa Benjamin marries Jacob Katz, July 7, 1886, Micanopy, Florida, by
Rachel Heimovics Braun and Marcia Jo Zerivitz

Book Review

Hollace Ava Weiner, Jewish “Junior League”: The Rise and Demise of the Fort
Worth Council of Jewish Women, reviewed by Ieva Zake

Southern Jewish History is the annual peer-reviewed journal of the Southern
Jewish Historical Society. The editor is Mark K. Bauman. For information, email
Rachel Heimovics Braun, managing editor, at


3. New Scholarship: Annette Benaim, “Judeo-Spanish Testimonies in Sixteenth-
Century Responsa” (Benaim)

From: Annette Benaim <annettebenaim(at)btinternet(dot)com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 19:26:20 -0000

At my request, Dr. Benaim has sent me details of her latest scholarship. With
her permission, I share the following:

Readers may be interested in the research of Dr. Annette Benaim, who has a Ph.D.
in Sephardic Studies from the Department of Religions at the School of Oriental
and African Studies, London University. Her dissertation of 2006 is entitled
“Judeo-Spanish Testimonies in Sixteenth-Century Responsa.” A related publication
is “The Treatment of Women in a Legal Context as reflected in the Judeo-Spanish
Testimonies of the Responsa of Rabbi Samuel De Medina,” in _Quien hubiese tal
ventura Medieval Hispanic Studies in Honour of Alan Deyermond_, ed. A. M.
Beresford (London: Dept. of Hispanic Studies, QMWC, 1997), 199-205.

Other publications include “A Case of Guardianship: Two Halakhic Perspectives,”
(London: Le’ela London School of Jewish Studies, September, 1998), 15-19; “Le
tomadlo por quiduxín,” in _Jewish Studies at the Turn of the Twentieth Century –
Proceedings of the Sixth EAJS Conference Toledo 1998_, Judit Targarona Borrás
Angel Sáenz-Badillos (Leiden: Brill, 1999), 457-463; the edited volume, _The
Proceedings of the Tenth Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies_ (London: Dept. of
Hispanic Studies, QMWC, 1999); and “Hebrew Lexical Borrowing in Judeo-Spanish as
Represented in some of the Sephardic Responsa of the 16th Century,” in The
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies (London: Dept.
of Hispanic Studies (QMWC, 2008).

Dr. Benaim writes: “My doctoral thesis is in Sephardic Studies as a branch of
Hebrew & Jewish Studies. The subject matter, in fact, stretches over a number of
fields and
disciplines mainly: Judeo-Spanish, linguistics, Ottoman Jewry - Historiography
and Culture, Responsa Literature, Jewish Law and Studies. In this respect I
attach an abstract of the thesis for your information.”

Annette Benaim

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University
of London for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
School of Oriental and African Studies
May 2006

This thesis identifies, compiles, transcribes, translates and analyses a
previously unidentified corpus of literature: the Judeo-Spanish testimonies in
the responsa of the sixteenth century. The main body of the thesis, the third
chapter, presents a copy of each original text covering eighty-four responsa, a
transcription into Latin characters, a translation into English and relevant
notes mainly on the language. An evaluation of the relevant secondary literature
is incorporated in Chapters 1 and 4.

The first chapter discusses the aims of the thesis and also presents an overview
of the responsa literature in the context of the sixteenth-century Ottoman
Empire. The value of the Judeo-Spanish testimonies in terms of the insight they
offer into the society, economy and religion of sixteenth-century Ottoman Jewry
is described.

The second chapter explains my research techniques, including problems
encountered and decisions taken. It also lists the respondents, with brief
bibliographic details, and the responsa in which Judeo-Spanish has been found.
The chapter contains a guide to the transcription system used in the thesis that
indicates the corresponding phonemes as well as the Spanish letters that
represent each Hebrew graph. The last section in this chapter analyses the
problems of textual transmission through the different editions. A discussion of
the variations between the original and subsequent editions is presented through
the examination of one sample text.

The fourth chapter studies the Judeo-Spanish language employed in the responsa.
The distinctive linguistic features of the language presented in the texts are
described with reference to phonology, morphology and syntax. Borrowings by
Judeo-Spanish from other languages are examined herewith and special attention
is given to borrowings from Hebrew.

The study of these texts from a linguistic perspective constitutes the main aim
of the thesis.

Dr Annette Benaim
Honorary Research Associate
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT


4. Videotaped Ladino Fieldwork from Israel: Willing to Share (Bishop)

From: Jill Kushner Bishop <jillkbishop(at)gmail(dot)com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 15:41:11 -0600

I spent nine months in Israel in 1999 doing ethnographic research on the Judeo-
Spanish speaking community, which culminated in my dissertation: “More than a
Language, a Travel Agency: Ideology and Performance in the Israeli
Judeo-Spanish Revitalization Movement,” Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA, 2004.

While my heart is still in the world of Judeo-Spanish research, I now run an
unrelated business ( I have approximately
240 hours of videotaped fieldwork, including observations of Judeo-Spanish
classes and storytelling/song sessions, visits with Greek Holocaust survivors
and in-depth interviews. It pains me that they're sealed in a box a few feet
from my desk, but between a full-time business and running after a toddler,
there's little time for anything else! If anyone would be interested in using
this research, or has any ideas of how to make productive use of it, I'd be
happy to talk to you.

Warm regards,

Jill Kushner Bishop


5. Update on JIMENA—Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

Dear JIMENA Supporter,

Thanks to your generous support, JIMENA has had a tremendous impact in ensuring
that the story and rights of Jewish Refugees from Arab countries remain on the
international agenda. We are pleased to announce that we have recently received
a grant of $30,000.00 from the Koret Foundation. Koret is challenging JIMENA to
raise $150,000.00 as a condition for the grant. We are appealing to all of you
to help us meet this challenge.
We can all be proud of our accomplishments. We are now an independent, tax
deductible organization. An office has just been opened in San Francisco and we
are about to hire an Executive Director to take us to new levels.

JIMENA's chair, Gina Waldman, testified at the United Nations Human Rights
Council in Geneva United Nations

JIMENA played a key role in the passage of House Resolution 185 by the U.S.
Congress which ensures that when refugees from the Middle East are discussed in
international forums, any reference to Palestinian refugees is matched by a
similarl explicit reference to Jewish refugees. Our challenge is to pass it in
the Senate soon.
House of Lords

JIMENA participated in a briefing at the House of Lords and the European
Parliament. JIMENA's Eyewitness Speakers Program reaches audiences throughout
the U.S., serving as a resource for education in schools, major universities,
churches, and public forums.
Harvard University We need your financial support to meet Koret Foundation's
challenge and to continue top quality JIMENA programs whose purpose is to
advocate on behalf of the Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.
We are most appreciative of your generous contribution and your interest in
sustaining our vitally important work. Your support makes JIMENA's work

1375 Mission St. Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94108

Gina Waldman, Chair


6. Jacob Raider Marcus Center Fellowship Program Call for Applications (Koven)

From: "Julie Koven" <jkoven(at)AJHS(dot)CJH(dot)ORG>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:55:40 -0500

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is pleased to
invite applications to its annual Fellowship Program for the 2009-2010 academic
year. The Marcus Center's Fellowship Program provides recipients with month long
fellowships for research and writing at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the
American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Fellowship stipends will be sufficient to
cover transportation and living expenses while in residence in Cincinnati.

Applicants for the Marcus Center Fellowship program must be conducting serious
research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry.
Typically, Marcus Center Fellowships will be awarded to post-doctoral
candidates, Ph.D. candidates who are completing dissertations, and senior or
independent scholars.

Applicants must submit a fellowship application (see below) together with a
five-page (maximum) research proposal that outlines the scope of their project
and lists those collections at the American Jewish Archives that are crucial to
their research. Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably
from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of these two
letters must be from their dissertation advisor.

You may download a fellowship application from the AJA's website
<> or and request to have one sent via postal
mail. The submission deadline for applications is March 18, 2009. All inquiries
and application materials should be forwarded to:

Mr. Kevin Proffitt
The Director of the Fellowship Program
c/o The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 -2408
(513) 221-7444, ext. 304
Fax: (513) 221-7812


7. Postdoctoral Fellowships for "Europe in the Middle East (Khalil)

From: "Georges Khalil" <khalil(at)wiko-berlin(dot)de>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 09:17:24 -0500

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin invite scholars to apply for ten post-doctoral
fellowships for the research program


This research program seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and
divide Europe and the Middle East. The project draws on the international
expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university
and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. 'Europe in the Middle East
- The Middle East in Europe' supports historical-critical philology, rigorous
engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the
social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and
philosophical thought (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular) as central fields
of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European
intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores
modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame. The program puts forward
three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical
legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East;
2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical 'beginnings', 'origins', and
'purity' in relation to culture and society; and
3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary
cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses
as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were
established in the nineteenth century. The program 'Europe in the Middle East -
The Middle East in Europe' is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. It
supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

This research group is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the
Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on
cosmopolitanism and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality
and socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious differences in the cities around the

This research group is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute for Islamic Studies,
Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought and
discourses in the framework of theories of multiple or reflexive modernities;

This research group is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Seminar for Arabic
Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, and Stefan Wild, Universität Bonn. It
situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious landscape of late
antiquity and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its
reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

This research group is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Centrum für Nah- und
Mitteloststudien, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, IREMAM, Aix-en-
Provence. It reassesses literary entanglements and processes of canonization
between Europe and the Middle East.

This a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben Gurion
University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity,
tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and
critiques of Jews, Arabs, and Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe.

The fellowships are intended above all for scholars of history, literature,
philology, political philosophy, religion and sociology who want to carry out
their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Fellows gain the
opportunity to pursue research projects of their choice within the framework of
one of the above-mentioned research fields and in relation to the program
'Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe'. In Berlin, they will be
integrated into a university or non-university research institute. The working
language of the research program is English.
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 1.800 ? (supplement for accompanying
spouses: 250 ?), and are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the
seminars and working discussions related to their research field. As a rule, the
fellowships begin on 1 October 2009 and end on 31 July 2010. The applicant's
doctorate should have been completed no earlier than 2001. An application should
be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of 1.) a
curriculum vitae,
2.) a 2 to 4 page project sketch,
3.) a sample of scholarly work (maximum 20 pages from an article, conference
paper, or dissertation chapter) and
4.) a letter of recommendation by one university instructor.

The application should be submitted by e-mail as word document or PDF File in
English and should be received by 11 January 2009, sent in to:

E-mail: eume(at)wiko-berlin(dot)de
Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 19, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 - 89 00 12 00
E-mail: khalil(at)wiko-berlin(dot)de

For further information on the program 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle
East in Europe' and for detailed information on the research fields, please see:

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in the
program, please visit:
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences:
Center for Literary Research:
Centre for Modern Oriental Studies:
Institute for Islamic Studies:
Seminar for Arabic Studies:
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin:


8. Summer Institute for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Wertman)

From: "Gabriella P. Wertman" <gwertman(at)brandeis(dot)edu>
via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 00:01:43 -0500

Summer Institute for Israel Studies:
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University is now
accepting applicants for their Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2009 Fellows!
At the Summer Institute for Israel Studies, faculty from universities in North
America and around the world participate in seminars at Brandeis and in Israel
that will help them design courses in Israel Studies for their home
universities. Fellows will spend two weeks at Brandeis and one week in Israel to
develop an in depth understanding of Israel's society, politics, economics,
culture, foreign affairs, and diplomacy. Fellows will receive a stipend of
$2,000, and all travel, meals, and accommodation will be paid for. For more
information visit, email scis(at)brandeis(dot)edu,
or call 781-736-2152

Gabriella P. Wertman


9. Shusterman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

From: "Gabriella P. Wertman" <gwertman(at)brandeis(dot)edu>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:26 AM

Schusterman Post-doctoral Fellowship:
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University announces
postdoctoral fellowships available for 2009-2010. The successful candidate will
teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, related to programs in Near
Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics and law,
sociology, or other relevant disciplines. A PhD dissertation must be submitted
by the time of the proposal. The annual stipend will be $50,000 and is benefits
eligible. The fellowship may be renewable for a second year. Candidates should
send a cover letter, CV, project proposal, two letters of recommendation, and a
list and description of proposed courses to the Schusterman Center for Israel
Studies, MS 060, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454. Priority will be given
to applications received by December 1, 2008. Information on the Schusterman
Center for Israel Studies can be found at

Schusterman Fellowship:
Interested in pursuing a PhD focused on modern Israel in disciplines such as
history, politics, anthropology, sociology, Middle East Studies, or Hebrew
literature? Want to become part of a lively academic community focused on
Israeli society, culture, politics, and history? Schusterman Center for Israel
Studies at Brandeis University sponsors full and partial fellowships for
doctoral candidates focusing on Israel Studies. Fellows must be accepted by the
academic department to which they apply and indicate their interest in Israel
Studies on their application for admission. Fellowships are awarded on a
competitive basis to candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For
more information visit, email
scis(at)brandeis(dot)edu, or call 781-736-2152

Gabriella P. Wertman


10. New American Academy of Religion Program Unit on Premodern Religions

From: "David M. Freidenreich" <dfreiden(at)colby(dot)edu>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:13 AM

Members of H-Judaic who study medieval and early modern Judaism may be
interested in supporting the creation of a new program unit at the American
Academy of Religion on "Religions in Premodern Europe and the Meditteranean
World." If you'd like to add your name to the proposal for this unit, described
below, please contact Martha Newman (newman(at)mail(dot)utexas(dot)edu).

All the best,

David Freidenreich
Colby College

Constance Furey (University of Indiana) and Martha Newman (University of
Texas) are developing a proposal for a new program unit (a “consultation”) for
the American Academy of Religion. The goals are 1) to attract to the
AAR more scholars working on religion in medieval and early modern Europe and
the Mediterranean world; 2) to develop thematic sessions that would bring
scholars of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam into conversations with one
another; and 3) to consider questions of comparison and influence in a
geographically and temporally defined context. The tentative name for this
consultation is “Religions in Premodern Europe and the Mediterranean World.”

The proposal requires a list of scholars who are interested in this consultation
and would support its work.

If you would like to add your name to the list, please email Martha Newman at
newman(at), with your name, affiliation, and the following

1) Are you (or have you been) a member of the AAR? Or would you join if there
were sessions of interest to you at the annual meeting?

2) would you be interested in giving a paper for such a program unit? If so,
what sorts of thematic topics would be of interest to you?
Tentative topics include:
Blood, sweat, tears, and milk (or more generally, bodily fluids)
Pilgrimage/ Relics
Please send other possibilities or refinements -- the list is endless.

Unfortunately, time is short. If you are interested, please send this
information by Sunday November 16. Thanks!

David Freidenreich


11. Nashim Conference on Jewish Women and Philanthropy, New Orleans, July 2009

From: "Nashim" <Nashim(at)Schechter(dot)ac(dot)il>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Subject: Call for Papers/Presentations: Jewish Women and Philanthropy
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:37 PM

Call for Papers/Call for Presentations: Jewish Women and Philanthropy

The editors of Nashim invite proposals for articles on women and Jewish
philanthropy for Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues,
no. 20 (Fall 2010), under the consulting editorship of Brenda Brasher of Tulane

Call for Presentations: Conference on Jewish Women and Philanthropy
July 16, 2009, Tulane University, New Orleans

In conjunction with the special issue, the editors invite proposals for
participation in the Nashim Conference on Jewish Women and Philanthropy to be
held Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, in
association with the 2009 Hadassah National Convention.

Due Dates: Please send presentation proposals by February 3, 2009, and
proposals for submissions to the special issue by July 1, 2009. Final date for
submission of articles to the issue: November 1, 2009. Proposals received after
the due dates will not be considered.

Submission Guidelines: Send presentation and submission proposals to Deborah
Greniman, Managing Editor of Nashim by e-mail (preferably) to
nashim(at)schechter(dot)ac(dot)il; or by fax to +972-3-7256592. Presentation
proposals may be for single papers or for multiple paper panels, including
discussants. It is expected that presentations at the conference will yield
several submissions to the forthcoming special issue.

Paper submissions may be up to 12,000 words, not previously published or under
consideration for publication elsewhere. All scholarly articles will be subject
to peer review. Academic Editor of Nashim: Renée Levine Melammed.


The contribution of Jewish women to philanthropy is recognized in rabbinical
writings, and actualized in their significant involvement in Jewish communal
organizations and philanthropic networks. Yet the contribution of Jewish women
to philanthropy remains seldom studied and has yet to receive the substantial
recognition a growing number argue it deserves. This special issue of Nashim: A
Journal of Women's Studies and Gender Issues is dedicated to redressing this

From a critical perspective, we are interested in work that explores whether and
how Jewish women's philanthropy differs from men's. Do women redefine
philanthropy as they engage in it, or does a maternalism take hold that is
indistinguishable from paternalism? The significant role families play in Jewish
philanthropic giving has provided an important conduit for women to
philanthropic activism. How have changes in law influenced Jewish women's
philanthropic involvements? Does the close connection of families to
philanthropy alter the meanings women associate with their philanthropic
activity? Is philanthropy an extension of doing family for Jewish women? How
does philanthropy relate to Jewish women's other economic activities, past and

We are also interested in papers that delve into the Jewishness and the social
context of Jewish women's philanthropy. How do Jewish values and ethics figure
in Jewish women's economic and social giving? To what extent are Jewish
organizations the recipient of women's philanthropy? Does Jewish education or
synagogue involvement link meaningfully to women's association with particular
philanthropic work? How are women's philanthropic activities recognized in
Jewish communities? Are there biases against women who donate time rather than
money? Do women receive community awards, offices, and other honors that have
customarily been extended to male philanthropists? To what extent are women
donors solicited as women through women's campaigns?

We are interested as well in traditional, historical and cultural approaches to
Jewish women's engagement in philanthropy, both as individuals and in
organizational contexts. Analyses of Jewish women's philanthropic organizations
such as Hadassah would be welcomed, as would comparative studies of Jewish women
and philanthropy in different countries, geographic regions or historical
periods. Studies assessing women's engagement with immigration issues, with
Israeli peace keeping, with women's education and the cultivation of new Jewish
female philanthropists also would be of great interest.

Nashim is published jointly by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, the
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Indiana University Press.


12. Jewish Jamaica Cemetery Inventory Announcement (Frankel)

From: RachelArch(at)aol(dot)com
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:41:54 EST

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Kindly post this announcement where see you see fit and forward to interested

With my thanks,
Rachel Frankel

Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions
2008-2009 Programs
Box 388, Corning, NY 14830
Email: ahershcve(at)aol(dot)com
607 962 7846

JEWISH CEMETERY INVENTORY, Orange St., Elliston Rd., & Hunt's Bay, Jamaica
Mar. 22- 28, 2009
Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions will continue its historic Jewish cemetery
inventory this year in the Kingston area surveying two smaller historic
cemeteries, and well as checking inventory work done last year at Hunt's Bay
Cemetery, Jamaica's oldest Jewish cemetery which includes illustrative grave
stones from the 17th - 19th centuries.
The inventory is once again at the request of United Congregation of Israelites
Shaare Shalom Synagogue of Jamaica and Rachel Frankel, a New York architect and
recognized authority on historic New World Jewish sites, will again lead the
Jews fleeing persecution in Europe settled in Jamaica as early as 1530 where
they played important roles in commerce and the sugar industry. Volunteers will
inventory, photograph, and map the Orange and Elliston sites and check work
begun last year at Hunt's Bay. Lodging is at The Alhambra Inn (doubles roughly
$90/night) Contact: ahershaia(at)aol(dot)com. Cost: Inquire.

Rachel Frankel


13. New Academic Research Prize for Women Launched (Paxton)

From: Loryn Paxton <lpaxton(at)u(dot)washington(dot)edu>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 11:24:02 -0800

PRESS RELEASE November 1, 2008


The International Council of Jewish Women announces a new Women's Research Prize
for academic research on subjects relating to Jewish women.

The ICJW Women's Research Prize will honor an individual who has made an
outstanding contribution in original research on a topic that:

*advances an understanding of the role of Jewish women and their contribution as
leaders in their communities and in Jewish society;

*addresses a way to improve the situation of Jewish women and analyzes their
effectiveness in the world; and/or

*evaluates the place of women within the predominantly male leadership
structures in Jewish life.

Priority will be given to research that has practical application, offering
recommendations for specific programs that could be subsequently implemented.
The research should have already been completed or be near completion, and must
be original work that has not been submitted to any corporation or non-profit
other than an institution of higher learning. Preference will be given towards
research conducted as part of a doctoral degree, but theses towards a Master's
degree may be submitted. Submissions must be made in English; however the
research itself may have been written in English, Hebrew, Spanish, or French.
Submissions must be received by March 8, 2009.

The award consists of a certificate of recognition and a $1000 honorarium.

Leah Aharonov, President of ICJW, explains the decision to offer this prize: "We
know that there is much still to be learned about the role of Jewish women and
from the role of Jewish women in Jewish life. The International Council of
Jewish Women views this prize as a vehicle of recognition for those academics
who have chosen to delve deeper into these topics, within the broader context of
highlighting the significance and effectiveness of Jewish women within their

For more information and a registration form, please email


1. The International Council of Jewish Women represents 52 Jewish women's
organizations in 47 countries. ICJW has consultative status at United Nations
bodies, the Council of Europe and the European Women's Lobby, and represents
women in major international and regional Jewish organizations. Among the issues
they champion are human rights, Jewish legal rights for women, opposing domestic
violence and human trafficking, fighting anti-Semitism and racism, and
encouraging interfaith dialogue between women around the world. For more
information, visit

2. Leah Aharonov, President of ICJW, is available for speaking engagements in
the U.S. during January 2009 - please contact president(at)icjw(dot)org to
arrange a date.


14. Query: Jews of Mauritania and North Africa (Faigan)

From: "Suzanne Faigan" <sfaigan(at)usyd(dot)edu(dot)au>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <amend(at)BRANDEIS(dot)EDU>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 21:06:43 -0500

I am seeking research and researchers on the Jews of North Africa, particularly
Mauritania. A scholar at the University of Nouakchott, Mauritania, has contacted
me via a mutual friend about a project he is planning on the history of the Jews
of his country. He would very much like to establish contact with others in his
field, and would be grateful for any advice. I would especially appreciate
advice on French- and Arabic-speaking researchers and sources. Thanks in

Suzanne Faigan


15. Jews Living in Islamic Lands Symposium on 11/16 at Museum of Jewish
Heritage, NYC (Safier)

From: "Safier, Lisa" <LSafier(at)mjhnyc(dot)org>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 19:42:38 -0500

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City is presenting a symposium titled
"Jews Living in Islamic Lands" on November 16.


A symposium with
Dr. Robert Satloff, Andre Aciman, Lucette Lagnado, and Reza Aslan

Sunday, November 16, 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Edmond J. Safra Hall, New York City

Join this panel of distinguished scholars and authors for an exploration of the
shared history of two dynamic cultures. This fascinating symposium will examine
how Jewish communities have lived under Islamic rule for centuries, the forced
exodus of Jews from Islamic lands, and the prospects for peaceful coexistence in
the future.

About the speakers: Dr. Robert Satloff is the director of The Washington
Institute for Near East Policy and author of Among the Righteous: Lost Stories
from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands. Authors Andre Aciman (Out of
Egypt) and Lucette Lagnado (The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit) both bring
unique stories of their families' exodus from Egypt. Reza Aslan (No god but God:
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam) is an internationally acclaimed
writer and scholar of religions.

$10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

Edmond J. Safra Hall
Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place
New York City

Advance reservations recommended
Purchase tickets online at or call 646-437 -4202
Subway: 1, 4, 5, W, R, J, M, Z
Bus: M1, M6, M9, M15, M20
Ferry: Staten Island Ferry. New York Water Taxi, New York Waterway
Parking: $3 discount on parking at three nearby garages. Present your parking
ticket at the Museum's admissions desk to receive a discount sticker.

For detailed directions and a map: or call 646-437-4200
The Rosenblatt Forum is made possible through a generous gift of Lief D.
Rosenblatt, and endows a wide range of public programs.

Lisa Safier
Marketing Manager
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280
T: 646-437-4336 E: lsafier(at)mjhnyc(dot)org <mailto:lsafier(at)mjhnyc(dot)org>


16. Passing of David F. Altabé, Hank Halio, and David Siman (Ladinokomunita)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Readers will be saddened to learn of
the passing this past year of three leaders and authors: Professor David Fintz
Altabé, Hank Halio, and David Siman. I include the obituary notices from
Ladinokomunita below.]



Estos detalios me los mando el profesor David f. Altabe, i vo los paso a
vozotros, kon dolor de muestra piedrita.

Kerida Rachel
Me dio muncha pena meldar ke muestro amigo Daviud Siman mos desho la buena vida.
Yo se ke en los ultimos anyos estava sufriendo. El Dio le trusho su deskanso i
ke le de mijor vida en ganeden. Lo konosi bien kuando yo estava morando en
Miami. En efekto, fue el ke me izo ir a Miami. Te lo espliko.

David estudio espanyol en NYU i fue ayi ke konosio a la kon ken se kazo. Despues
del servisio militar, el empeso a lavorar en la kompaniya farmasutika Merck y
yego a ser direktor de la distribusion de sus produktos en el mundo entero. Al
retirarse de la kompniya se fue a bivir en Florida i se izo muy aktivo en la
Federasion Sefaradi de Palm Beach publikando su revista Ke Haber. Tanto amante
del ladino ke era ke se prezento a la Universidad de Miami a dar klases de
ladino sin paga. Despues de dos o tres anyos de esto, kuando la universidad
estava pronta a ofreser klases akreditadas en ladino, me rekomendo a mi komo
profesor a dar estas klases. Rokodro kuando vijiti su klase i lo vi dar la
lision. Su manera de ensenyar era ekstraordinario komo si uviera pasado toda su
vida en esta profesion.

Ma su kontribusion al Sefaradizmo no se limitava solo al ladino. Komo miembro
aktivo de la American Sephardic Federation, Miami Chapter, vijitava a las
eskolas djudiyas para enkorajarlas a inkluyir materia sefaradi en su kurikulum.
Kaji 50% de los elevos de estas eskolas djudiyas son sefaradis, ma no se estavan
embezando nada de su erensia sefaradi. Enkorajo a hahamim Sefaradi a ir a estas
eskolas para ke la tefila se iziera segun el rito
muestro. Avlo kon la direktora de istoria i la enkorajo a inkluir istoria
sefaradi en los livros ke los elevos teniyan ke meldar. Mas ferviente promotor
del sefardizmo no uvo. Su ida va a ser una grande piedrita para mustro puevlo.

En paz repoze su alma.


Nov. 6, 2008
Ayer tomi otro haber triste ke el profesor David Fintz Altabe, un amigo kerido i
admirado, un verdadero intelektual Sefaradi, mos desho la vida. Esto me vino
komo shok, porke el avia traduzido las poezias de Haim Vitali Sadacca, i
estavamos kolaborando para editar el livro. En supito sus emails kedaron de
vinir verso un mes antes, i despues me vino un email diziendo ke su komputadora
no le esta fonksionando. I esto fue. Alyentro de un anyo pedrimos tres amigos,
personas valutozas sefaradis, ke konosi de serka:
David Siman, Hank Halio, i David Altabe.

En ganeden ke esten todos. Mos van a vinir a mankar.

Rachel Amado Bortnick
Dallas, Texas

Nov. 7, 2008


Karos Amigos:

Kon grande dolor en el korason meldi a sujeto de la piedrita de la noble presona
i erudito David Fintz Altabé, un grande amigo. Akompanyada entonses kon mi
marido mos konosimos en 1993, en un enkontro en Binghamton, onde yiné mos
topimos kon unos otros amigos.

Me plazió su presonalidad atirante i su saver sovre Literatura Sefardí kon su
manera tanto dulse en la avla, en me dizien su deskuverta de tantas ovras de
autores sefardim
ke el tuvo mizmo en su kaza, dunke David era savio i umilde; i no eran akeyos
tiempos fasiles en los Estados Unidos para un sefaradi, en las katedras onde
muncho de
sus lavoro fue rekonosido endjuntos kon su meoyo al resgate de ovras
emportantes de autores en el djenero de literatura sefardí. De estas ovras
trezoros valutozos, i de su ensenyanza en la katedra keda David komo referente
de su tiempo, i siempre kedi agradesida traverso munchos anyos resiviendo
eskritos de su mano, una konsejika, una poezia i mas... Ken i ken dezea konoser
una de sus
ultimas kreasiones, destaka su ermozo teksto poétiko "Una Kozecha de Rimas i
Konsejas" puvlikado en Miami en el anyo 2000.

En avlando anchamente en akel enkontro de la kreasion sefardi topi la okazion de
dizirle komo de kriatura me esmovi en konosiendo al grande autor teatral el Rab
Sabetay Djaen,
ke entonses bivia en Buenos Aires i uvo pasado unas oras inulvidables en muestra
kaza en Rosh-ha-Shaná enkantando a todas las vivjitas ke vinian a verlo.

Mizmo kriatura, algo troko dientro de mi i kedi esmovida kon su persona i mas
ainda ke me avia echo prometa de yevarme a konoser su kaza , "La de Floridos
ma kon tristura de kriatura supe ke avia muerto avoltando de un viaje a la
provinsia arjentina de Tucumán, i su rekodro me akompanyo siempre. Esta istoria
de mi chikes, konmovio a David, ke esa mizma tadre endjuntos kon mi espozo mos
toparmos de muevo, i me trusho una ermoza roza en su mano ke, asigun me disho
kijo ser de akeyas flores de la prometa del Rabino Sabetay Djaen...

Mos desho una presona de grande delikadesa ke keda siempre bivo en su ovra i en
su dulse karakter. En kontraparte i en ommage de admirasion a su presona, torno
agora a
ofreser akeya roza onorando su memoria.

Matilda de Espanya


Nov. 8, 2008

David F. Altabe, d.b.m.

Keridos amigos,

Rachel B. me eskrivyo el otro diya para dizirme ke mos aviya deshado la vida
David Altabe. Me izo muncha pena de sintir este haber; kuando David morava en
New York, mos viyamos todo el tiempo I teniyamos proyektos endjuntos, de los
kualos vos kero avlar.

David fue el fondador de "Ladino Players," un grupo
de aktores amatores ke djugavan pyesas de teatro en muestra lingua.
Antes ke yo entre en este grupo, el aviya adaptado i metido en shena
una pyesa sovre Purim. Despues de esto, entri yo en el grupo i prezentimos otra
pyesa adaptada por el, "Orchard Street Blues," ke era en muestra lingua i en
Inglez. Kuando el se fue a Florida, yo kontinui kon el grupo, prezentando pyesas
de teatro, i ambezando Ladino. El aviya eskrito otra pyesa semejante a "Orchard
Street," esta se yamava "Forsyth Street" i yo la troki i ize "edit" i la
djugimos tambien. Una vez kuando prezentimos una pyesa de Moliere trezlada por
mi a Djudeo-Espanyol, me izo una grande surpriz i vino a verla, lo ke me
emosyono muncho i me izo grande plazer i onor. Lo devemos a el ke muestro chiko
grupo izo estos lavoros i en azyendolas se ambezaron munchos muestra lingua, a
ainda maz djente tuvo la shans de sintirla i apresyarla. Mos vyene a mankar i
siempre lo vamos a nombrar. En pas ke deskanse.


Daisy de NY

Nov. 10, 2008

David Fintz Altabe, d.b.m.

Ke persona ekstra ordinaria ke era David, komo mos eskrivieron Matilda Barnatan
(de Madrid) i Daisy Sadaka Braverman (de New York), i tenia tantos konosidos, ke
mezmo muestra Graciela (de Buenos Aires) lo konosyo achakes de las piesas en
ladino ke eskriviya David, ke este en ganeden.

Yo vos avia eskrito por su muerte (mesaje no 26461), i vos vo eskrivir mas, ma
en primero devo korijar un yerro grande ke ize: dishe ke "Alyentro de un anyo
pedrimos tres amigos, personas valutozas sefaradis, ke konosi de serka", i el
uno devia de ser HANK Halio ( i no Joe Halio ke es su ijo, el doktor, ke biva
munchos anyos.)

Este yerro me lo trusho a mi atansion un otro kerido amigo Sefaradi, ke biva
munchos anyos, Zacharia Levy de New York (es miembro de LK, ma no eskrive!) Kon
Zack tambien kolabori munchos anyos en el "Jewish Friends of Turkey" (Amigos
Djudios de Turkia) del kual David fue presidente unos kuantos anyos. Vos
transmeto abasho lo ke me eskrivyo Zack en su ermozo ladino, empesando kon los
detalyos del funeray ke fue djugeves, el 6 Nov. en el Riverside Memorial Chapel,
Manhattan (los biervos entre [] son mios.).

>>Aviya unas 30 personas i la mitad fueron de la eskola Magen David H.S. (un
high school [lise] sefaradi) onde el "principal" [direktor] es el ijo de David
(Richard). Muestro Haham Mark Angel avlo unas kuantas palavras en primero
despues yamo al Haham Dr. Herbert Dobrinsky ( mi parese ke tu ya saves ken es)
[si, ya se, tengo su livro] ke lo konosiya a David por munchos anyos i ke
lavoraron en juntos en el Sephardic Studies Program de Yeshiva University.
Kuando eskapo Dobrinsky, Mark yamo al ijo Richard ke avlo sovre la vida de su
padre i todas las bondades ke izo. Al fin Mark avlo al largo de la amistad ke
tuvo por David i ke lo konosyo por munchos anyos i ke David ambezo muchos el
judeo-espanyol en klases en Shearith Israel entre otras kozas ke izyeron en
juntos en el Kal. Mos fuimos al Beth Ahayim Cedar Park en Paramus New Jersey I
grasyas al Dyo tuvimos minyan para dezir Kaddish. Rachel para mi fue una
sorpresa porke una semana antes ke muryo yo avli kon el por telefono. Kuando
Madelene [su ija] mi yamo no puediya kreyer lo ke mi disho. Pedrimos una persona
de intelijensya, kerensyoso i dedikado a muestro
Sefaradismo ma mas de todo un ombre de muy buen korason.Ke sepas ke para mi fue
mas ke ermano. Mos va mankar i nunka mos vamos olvidar. La vedrad es ke penso en
el i mi meto a yorar. Por seguro todos ke vinyeron en kontakto kon el se syenten
muy triste. Ya se ke para ti fue "shock" i ke te sentites muy triste i es por
esto ke izites yerro en eskrivyendo ke Joe Halio (has ve shalom) muryo kuando
keriyas eskrivir ke fue el padre de Joe (HANK) es el ke muryo. Rachel Sana i
rezya ke estes para kontinuar kon todas las
maraviyas ke estas azyendo. En delantre para bueno ke seya AMEN <<

I tu ke estes sano i rezyo, kerido Zack. En alegrias ke mos komunikemos de agora

Rachel Amado Bortnick
Dallas, Texas

Jan. 23, 2008

Hank Halio mos desho la vida, ma su bendicha memorya es para siempre \
Regreto de enformarvos de la muerte (en el 15 Enero 2008) de Hank Halio, el
autor del livro "Ladino Reveries", ke sovre todo los Sefaradim de los Estados
Unidos (Amerika) lo konosen bien. El fue uno de los primeros luchadores de
prezervar la lingua
djudiya-espanyola i la kultura sefaradi entre los Sefaradim de la Amerika. Tenia
91 anyos. Muestras kondolensias a su mujer Phyllis, sus ijos (Dr. Joe Halio,
Susan Halio i Stacey Halio), i inyetas.

Hank (Aron) nasyo en el "Lower East Side" de Manhattan (New York) ijo de
paryentes ke avian emigrado de Turkia. Se engrandesyo en Harlem i East Bronx, I
en 1947 se kazo kon Phyllis Torres, ija de Albert Torres ke publikava el jurnal
"La Vara", en Ladino kon letras ebreas. (La Vara kedo de publikarse en 1946, I
ansi fue el kavo jurnal en el mundo en djudyo-espanyol kon letras ebreas.) Hank
sirivio en la armada Amerikana, i izo su karyera en emprimeria I vistimientas. I
kon todo, siempre fue aktivo en sosiedades de bienfezensia, i fue direktor del
Sephardic Social Club of Florida, i el editor de su boletin. Mas muncho su fama
se espandio entre los Sefaradim Amerikanos, kon sus artikolos sovre Ladino i
memoriyas Sefaradis nostaljikas ke publiko regolarmente en el jurnal del
"Sephardic Home" (azilo de viejos) en Brooklyn, ke todos podian resivir (i yo lo
resiviya) en la Amerika entera. I desppues estos eskritos fueron publikados en
otros jurnales en la Amerika i mezmo en Nueva Zelandia. Finalmente, el
"Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture" publiko su
livro, arekojendo munchos de sus eskritos publikados I otros muevos tambien.
Este livro es un TREZORO istoriko, de la manera ke
bivian los Sefaradim ke avlavan solo Ladino en kaza, aki en la Amerika. Munchos
de estos episodios son muy muy komik! (Aparte, en el livro ay tambien kuentos
sefaradis, dichas i proverbos, kantikas, i mas.)

En este momento de akodrarmos de su vida, kreygo ke ya es lugar de darvos a
konoser este maraviyozo livro, del kual tomarash grande plazer, no solo los de
la Amerika, ma todos los Sefaradim i otros en el mundo entero.

Para meldar un poko mas sovre el livro, i mezmo dos estoryikas de ayi, i tanbien
para detalyos de enkomendarlo, anda a:

Hank va bivir siempre en muestras memorias i en todos los ke meldan su livro. En
pas ke deskanse.

Rachel Amado Bortnick
Dallas, Texas


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