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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – February 23, 2009
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, February 23, 2009 (22 Shevat 5769)
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1. New Publication: Koen-Sarano, _Kon Bayles i Kantes_ (Halévy)

2. New Publications and Book Launch: Jean Naggar, _Sipping from the Nile_ and
Daniel Tsadik, _Jewish-Shi'ite Polemics in Iran: A Case Study_ (A.S.F. and
Sephardic House)

3. New Publication: _Arabs and Normans in Sicily and the South of Italy_

4. New Journal: _Iberia Judaica_ (Asociación Hispana de Estudios Hebraicos)

5. _Siddour Farhi_ is Sold Out; Possible Reprint Based on Demand (Mosseri)

6. New Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Book Series, Indiana University (Lehmann)

7. Book Reviews: Camhi Fromer _One Voice_ and _Out of Silence into Being_

8. Salo Baron Prize for the Best First Book in Jewish Studies (Allen)

9. International Symposium: Times and Places of Jewish Girona (Planas)

10. University of Toronto Caribbean Studies Program Distinguished Public
Lecture: Natalie Zemon Davis (Newton)

11. Conference: "Israel and India," Yeshiva University, March 30-31 (Fine)

12. Call for papers: “Commerce and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern
Times” (Trivellato)

13. Query: Yemenite Jews in Ottoman Palestine (Dahbany-Miraglia)


1. New Publication: Koen-Sarano, _Kon Bayles i Kantes_ (Halévy)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: The English translation of this Ladino
book would be “With Dances and Songs: Seventeen Musical Comedies.”]

From: michael halévy <michael(dot)halevy(at)googlemail(dot)com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 17:10:56 +0100

Estimados amigos,

El ekipo editorial NEUE ROMANIA mos aze saver ke muevamente se puvliko, No.
XII en sus prestijioza koleksyon "JUDENSPANISCH / DJUDEZMO / JUDEOESPANOL", un
livro entitulado "Kon Bayles i kantes. Diezisiete komedias muzikales," eskrito
por Matilda KOEN-SARANO (Yerushalayim), kon presentasyon i glosaryo de Michael
Halévy (Hamburgo), 321 págs, Berlin 2008, ISSN 0177 – 7750,
Presyo 10€.
Para pedido i mas informasyon: Universidad Livre de Berlin (sanderc(at)zedat.fu-
berlin(dot)de); Librairie du Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme (Paris)

Michael Halévy
POB 32 31 48
D-20116 Hamburg

Schrammsweg 15
D-20249 Hamburg
Tel. 0049-40-47 71 25
email: mihalevy(at)alice-dsl(dot)net


2. New Publications and Book Launch: Jean Naggar, _Sipping from the Nile_ and
Daniel Tsadik, _Jewish-Shi'ite Polemics in Iran: A Case Study_ (A.S.F. and
Sephardic House)

From: American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:08:38 -0500

The Center for Jewish Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center - February 24 and
March 4

Please join us at these upcoming events!

February 24
4:30pm, 9207
Jewish Studies Colloquy
Jean Naggar
"Sipping from the Nile"
A beautifully written memoir of an idyllic childhood in Egypt, growing up in a
large, well established Jewish family, and of the expulsion from Egypt that
ended not only her family life there but the life of a vibrant Jewish community.
*Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women and Society

March 4
4:30pm, C198
Jewish Studies Colloquy
Daniel Tsadik
Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University
_Jewish-Shi'ite Polemics in Iran: A Case Study_
*Co-sponsored by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center
(MEMEAC) and the American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House (ASF/SH)


3. New Publication: _Arabs and Normans in Sicily and the South of Italy_

From: brian eskenazi/riverside book company <eskenazi(at)riversidebook(dot)com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 07:56:29 -0500

We are very pleased to announce:

_Arabs and Normans in Sicily and the South of Italy_
by Adele Cilento and Alessandro Vanoli
hardcover, 309 pages, 10-1/2 x 12-1/2"
271 illustrations in color, 4 in b&w, 4 maps
isbn 10: 1-878351-66-4
isbn 13: 978-1-878351-66-1
published: April 2008

Sicily has been at the crossroads of the Mediterranean for thousands of years.
As close to
Africa as it is to many parts of Europe, and directly astride major sea routes,
it has been a
convenient landfall for both merchants and warriors. Its invasion in the year
827 A.D. by
Muslim armies from North Africa set the stage for a fascinating interplay of
cultures. As these Arab and Berber soldiers slowly conquered Sicily and extended
their reach to parts of the Italian mainland, they came in contact with, and for
some two hundred years ruled over, Greek-speaking Orthodox Christians loyal to
the Byzantine emperor in Constantinople, Latin-speaking Christians obedient to
the pope in Rome, and small but significant communities of Jews.
As the fortunes of attackers and defenders ebbed and flowed, fortresses
and castles surrendered, cities and towns changed hands repeatedly, and local
populations found themselves subject to first one and then another ruler,
sometimes in quick succession. Despite the often brutal violence, victors and
vanquished managed an uneasy accommodation in which different languages,
multiple religions, and several ethnicities could coexist.
Adding themselves to this mix, groups of Norman mercenaries arrived in
southern Italy early in the eleventh century. They quickly found employment with
one or another of the local Latin-speaking Longobard princes who were in
constant conflict with each other and who also had to contend with a Greek-
speaking Byzantine empire that was trying to expand its territory on the Italian
mainland. The descendants of Viking raiders who had settled in the French
province of Normandy, and kin to those who invaded England under William the
Conqueror in the year 1066, these Normans, or Norsemen, were fierce fighters and
soon began to accumulate power and influence in the Italian south. Muslims
remained in control of Sicily, but the Normans saw their prospects improve with
the arrival of Robert de Hauteville, a military leader of great energy and
ability known to history as Robert Guiscard, or Robert "the shrewd one." With
his younger brother Roger, later known as the Great Count, he eventually
conquered Sicily and large parts of southern Italy.
Roger's descendants Roger II, William I, and William II ruled in Sicily
as kings until the late twelfth century. Very sympathetic to Muslim culture, in
their dress and in their tastes they were more like Oriental potentates than
European monarchs. Served by a civil bureaucracy largely staffed by Muslims that
drafted documents in Latin, Greek, and Arabic, these Normans presided over a
monumental building program that produced some of the most breathtakingly
beautiful mosaics and building interiors in the world.
Incorporating both Christian and Muslim motifs, these emphasized their divine
right to rule as well as the luxury and magnificence of their court, in a style
and manner meant to echo imperial Byzantium and the splendor of the East.
This book is written by two expert scholars. It tells a fascinating
story about a
period during the Middle Ages when cultures collided and made war on each other
over issues of politics, religion, and wealth (much like the present day). With
many views of the famous mosaics in Cefalù, Monreale, and Palermo, its 275 color
illustrations and four maps provide a beautiful visual complement to an
authoritative text.

Adele Cilento is Professor of Byzantine History at l'Università degli Studi in
Florence. She received a doctorate in Medieval History from l'Università degli
Studi in Turin, where she began her work on the period of Byzantine rule in
southern Italy from the ninth to eleventh centuries, with particular attention
to the history of monasticism. Along with her university teaching, she is active
as a freelance journalist with magazines and specialized periodicals such as
Medioevo. Among her publications are: Potere e monachesimo - Ceti dirigenti e
mondo monastico nella Calabria bizantina, Florence, 2000; and Bisanzio in
Sicilia e nel sud dell'Italia, Udine, 2006.

Alessandro Vanoli teaches Comparative Politics of the Mediterranean at
l'Università degli Studi in Bologna. He received a doctorate in European
Social History from l'Università degli Studi in Venice, concentrating on the
study of Islam and its interactions with Jewish and Christian culture from the
Middle Ages up to the modern period. Prof. Vanoli has worked with the Rizzoli
publishing house on various projects relating to Judaism and Islam. Among his
publications are: I cammini dell'Occidente - Il Mediterraneo tra i secoli IX e
X, Padua, 2001; Alle Origini della Reconquista, Turin, 2003; and La Spagna delle
tre culture - Tra storia e mito, Rome, 2006.

best wishes,
Brian Eskenazi
Riverside Book Company, Inc.
New York

[ed: very slight edit]


4. New Journal: _Iberia Judaica_ (Asociación Hispana de Estudios Hebraicos)

From: asociacion hispana de estudios hebraicos
via: Peter Stern <pstern(at)library(dot)umass(dot)edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:59:58 -0500

Anunciamos la aparición de una nueva revista, un anuario, IBERIA JUDAICA, a
cargo de la /Asociación// Hispana// de Estudios Hebraicos/, centrada en el
Judaísmo hispano (desde los orígenes hasta la expulsión de los judíos de

La revista se propone fomentar la investigación científica del judaísmo hispano
y pertrechar al estudioso de elementos imprescindibles para sus investigaciones.

Con estos objetivos, el anuario dispone de tres secciones: una sección
monográfica (el primer número está dedicado a los judíos de al-Andalus), una
sección de textos (inéditos o en el original o en traducción) y otra sección de
bibliografía (con reseñas y recensiones y un boletín bibliográfico de la
producción internacional en el campo del judaísmo hispano). Para este ultimo fin
el Anuario cuenta ya con corresponsales en algunas de las diferentes naciones.
Pensamos también en la conveniencia de abrir para algunas cuestiones un foro de

La revista tiene carácter internacional y acoge sus publicaciones en Español,
Portugués, Catalán, Inglés, Francés, Italiano, Alemán y Latín. Dentro de la
sección de textos, sí se admiten las escrituras originales (hebreo, arameo,

Entendemos que nuestra revista trae un aire fresco a la investigación del
judaísmo hispano y que será un elemento dinamizador de la investigación de los
estudios judaicos a nivel internacional.

Los interesados en la adquisición del primer número de /Iberia Judaica/ (2009),
de cuyo contenido se da información en los archivos adjuntos, deben dirigirse a


o Asociación Hispana de Estudios Hebraicos

c/ Iris 108

28109 ALCOBENDAS (Madrid)

El precio del Anuario es de 50 Euros dentro de España y Portugal, 62 Euros para
la Unión Europea (69 libras esterlinas para GB), 105 $ USD para países fuera de

We announce the appearance of a new journal, IBERIA JUDAICA (=IJ), edited by the
*Asociación Hispana de Estudios Hebraicos,* focused in the scientific research
of the /Iberian Judaism/ (from the origins to the expulsion).

The journal, a yearbook, intends to promote the research of the Iberian Judaism
and to supply the researchers with the means for a better study and research.

With this purpose, the journal has three sections: a monographic section (the
first number of IJ is dedicated to the Jews in al-Andalus), a section for texts
(unedited, in original or in translation) and a bibliographical section (with
reviews and a bibliographical bulletin on scientific publications in the field
of the Hispanic Judaism). Toward this end we have correspondents in the
different nations. We think to open also a forum of debate for some special

The journal has an international character and admits the collaborations in
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, Italian, German and Latin. In the
sections of texts, also in Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic.

We think that the new journal will introduce a fresh air in the research of the
Hispanic Judaism and it will be a dynamic element in the research of the Judaic
Studies at an international level.

All interested in the acquisition of the first number of Iberia Judaica, of
whose content we inform in the attached archivs, shall address to

(please, pay attention to the address, with *aheh.e.*telefonica(dot)net)

or Asociación Hispana de Estudios Hebraicos

c/ Iris 108

28109 ALCOBENDAS (Madrid)

The price of the Yearbook (about 400 pages) is 50 Euros in Spain and Portugal,
62 Euros for other countries of the European Union (69 pounds for GB), 105 $ USD
for other countries.


5. _Siddour Farhi_ is Sold Out; Possible Reprint Based on Demand (Mosseri)

From: Joseph Mosseri <joseph(dot)mosseri(at)verizon(dot)net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 08:51:07 -0500

Unfortunately _Siddour Farhi_ is no longer available. It has long been sold out.
Mr. Alain Farhi is considering reprinting if he gets enough requests.

Joseph Mosseri

[ed: very slight edit]


6. New Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Book Series, Indiana University (Lehmann)

From: Matthias Lehmann <mlehmann(at)indiana(dot)edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:48:42 -0500

I would like to alert you to the creation of a new book series by Indiana
be edited by Harvey E. Goldberg (Hebrew University) and Matthias B. Lehmann
(Indiana University). We expect that the first volumes in this new series will
be published in late 2009 or early 2010.

Please feel free to contact Matthias Lehmann (at mlehmann(at)indiana(dot)edu) if
you have any questions or proposals for this series.

Matthias Lehmann
Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington

*Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies*

*Harvey E. Goldberg and Matthias Lehmann, editors*

The study of Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries has emerged as a growing and
cutting-edge field within Jewish Studies. As scholars of modern Judaism have
focused on new topics such as the Spanish-Portuguese Jews of the port cities in
the Atlantic world or non-European Jews in the world of Islam, they have begun
to reshape our understanding of the modern Jewish experience. Older models of
Jewish historiography have given way to a new, postmodern vision of Jewish
history with a multicultural narrative. Jewish cultures, often referred to in
the plural, are now appreciated in their diversity and as closely intertwined
with the host cultures among which Jews have lived. Sephardi and Mizrahi
Studies, as an interdisciplinary endeavor, have played an important role in this
repositioning of Jewish Studies.

The aim of the Indiana Series in Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies will be to
encourage the growing place of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies within the field of
Jewish Studies. It will seek to include work from a variety of disciplines
including history, religious studies, anthropology, folklore, literary studies,
and the arts. For the purpose of the series, the Sephardi-Mizrahi field will be
broadly defined to include medieval Iberian Jewry and the post-1492 Sephardi
Diaspora, as well as the Jews of the Islamic Middle East, North Africa, and
Central Asia. Besides contributing to Jewish Studies, the books in the series
will be selected to make valuable contributions to their disciplines and to
other area studies. The series will include monographs as well as broadly
conceived syntheses and translations of source materials suited for the

Matthias Lehmann


7. Book Reviews: Camhi Fromer _One Voice_ and _Out of Silence into Being_

From: "STEVEN B. BOWMAN" <bowmans(at)uc(dot)edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:24:04 -0500 (EST)

                                   Silent Screams – Salient Slaughter

A review of Rebecca Camhi Fromer, One Voice, Many Echoes. Selected Prose and Out of Silence into Being. Selected Poems. Oakland, California: Regent Press, 2007

Haunting silence, wretched silence, silence that accompanies breath, silence that precedes death, silence of God – but god’s laughter is also silent and accompanies the tears that welcome the silence of ashes.

The author of these essays has been silent for five decades, listening and absorbing stories until this collection emerged with the birth pangs that broke her silence. Carefully crafted with a consummate skill of language she weaves the voice of her female and male interlocutors into a mournful cry for her Sephardim raped psychologically by Nazis at Auschwitz or by the Inquisition long ago and far away in a sadistic Spain.

Who screams in silence on the cover of this exercise in Holocaust literature? Is it the author? Or is it every woman who was murdered or who survives to suffer daymares and night stallions?

In addition to these Sephardi vignettes, the author has included a number of other essays, plays, and pensees penned over the decades. Perhaps the most powerful is an autobiographical account of a visit to a school where she taught in the early 1960s. Castlemont High School was a special place where Rebecca found her true calling, namely the tabulae rasae of students eager to be invited to learn, yearning to acquire the skills to escape the mephitic atmosphere of crime filled neighborhoods that rob parents of children either to a life of crime, slavery to drugs, or an early grave. The ecstasy of a teacher who serves such students is incomparable.

It was to such an environment that James Baldwin was invited by Mrs Fromer, as she was called, to stimulate her students with an exceptional contemporary American writer. First the class and then the school were thrilled; his books were bought, read, discussed, and in turn invigorated the students with a new energy, identity, and pride. She then arranged a special assembly and later mirabile dictu managed to find a single tape of that momentous meeting in May 1963 which sadly soured her on the pettiness of the controlling administration and the rudeness of its principal which had dire consequences for her career: ‘the sun indeed was soon to drown’. Baldwin’s address and exchange with the students is a unique memory and record of a unique event and we should be grateful for such an illuminating essay.

The second volume, slimmer than the essays although not for the effort and content, presents selected songs and poems on a wide range of subjects that probe the mystery of the unknown and reify it in a singular representation. Poems, unlike pictures, cannot be copied but only recited. As the poetess writes: ‘fleeting time – arresting it, as it were, in an effort to express that which in essence is not ordinarily seen, heard, known or thought of in the world of daily preoccupation…’  The ‘excitement of this discovery’ makes ‘all labor seem worthwhile’ and life bearable.

Her daughter, Professor Mira Amiras, captures the singularity of the author and poet. “There is nothing like my mother’s writing. Nothing like her literary sensitivities. Nothing like her use of words, her love of words, her word combinations, and her precision. She is a master of precision.”

Like the judge and prophet Deborah who sings a tale of war, Rebecca captures the moment before the event is realized. Her dirge for Daniel Pearl begins: ‘The cobra hears the overture’ and closes with ‘The fury of a dark age awaits us. The clouds are above, it has begun’. Her optimism shines in a final poem “Joy”: ‘Joy never dies’ … ‘Did you not know/ It was a gift?

The poem on the Language of Silence reminds me of a short film on the Silence of Sinai where, if you listen sufficiently silent, a whole world reveals itself. There is joy, happiness, love galore in these poems, and lots of fun, each capturing a mood, a moment, a thought stretched to its existential limit and capsuled in ink

                         The lover within

                         Hears no fig leaf.

                         Naked in the garden

                         Of unnamed apples,

                         A slithery thing

                         Soon to be named,

                         Furrows the soil

                         For a new plot,

                         But here and now,

                         There is only me.

                         Nature opens

                         Its arms

                         To greet itself.

                         It is the first


Or commentary: ‘collateral damage:/ Now, here we have a phrase/…

                           It is the triumph of method/ And a calm wind gone mad’

There is in these two volumes a feast for the palate and the brain, whether to roll her somatic exuberance on the tongue like a fine wine or to probe the psychological and intellectual insights that sprout in the garden of her fertile mind.

Steven Bowman

office 513 556 2299
fax 513 556 4446


8. Salo Baron Prize for the Best First Book in Jewish Studies (Allen)

From: "Sheila Allen" <allenshe(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 10:48:20 -0500

The American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR), the oldest organization of
Judaica scholars in North America, has awarded its annual Salo Baron Prize for
the best first book in Jewish studies (published in 2007) to Jonathan P. Decter,
associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at
Brandeis University. Professor Decter's book, _Iberian Jewish Literature:
Between al-Andalus and Christian Europe_, was published by Indiana University

In Iberian Jewish Literature, Decter explores Hebrew prose and poetry in both
its Islamic-Arabic context and its Christian-Romance context. His work draws on
scholarship in Romance languages and literatures, medieval Hebrew literature,
and Arabic studies and is in dialogue with contemporary literary theory and
cultural studies. In speaking of the book at the award ceremony in Washington,
DC, in December, Professor Robert Chazan, a former president of the AAJR,
praised the book for its willingness to encompass Hebrew literature from both
the Muslim and Christian periods and for its methodological sophistication.

Decter's book grows out of his doctoral dissertation, which he wrote at the
Jewish Theological Seminary under the supervision of Professor Raymond

The Baron Prize honors the memory of the distinguished historian Salo W. Baron,
a long-time president of the AAJR, who taught at Columbia University for many
decades. It is, according to Professor Todd Endelman, the current president of
the AAJR, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a young scholar in
Jewish studies in North America. Previous recipients have gone on to stellar
careers at major research universities and liberal arts colleges.

Sheila Allen


9. International Symposium: Times and Places of Jewish Girona (Planas)

From: splanas(at)ajgirona(dot)org
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:03:05 +0100

March 23rd, 24th, and 25th, 2009

Patronat Call de Girona
Institut d’Estudis Nahmànides
8, Força Street - Girona
Phone: (+34) 972 21 67 61
callgirona(at) //

In 1998 the municipality of Girona published the two volumes edited by Dr. David
Romano named "Per a una història de la Girona jueva” (For a history of the
Jewish Girona), a compilation of the main texts written on the Jewish subject in
our city, up to that moment. Throughout the last twenty years, from different
universities and national and international centers of studies, research has
remarkably advanced as well as the study and the knowledge of the Jewish
community from Girona. The Patronat Call de Girona, with this symposium, wants
to make all the people accessible the last lines of research, the most recent
discoveries and the historical advances that allow a study in depth of this
important part of our past.

• The Symposium is open to all the interested people
• The regular attendance in the sessions will mean the obtaining of 0,5
university credits of the UdG students
• Registration fee: 60,00 €
Places where the Symposium will take place: Cultural Centre La Mercè and
Bonastruc ça Porta Centre
• Official languages: Catalan, Spanish and English (simultaneous
translation will be available)
• Registrations: up to Jan. 2nd to March 15th., at the Bonastruc ça Porta
Centre, through the web page or through ordinary post, by
sending the registration form filled at: POB 450, 17080 Girona.
• Information: callgirona(at)ajgirona(dot)org. Phone: (+34) 972 21 67 61

Advisory scientific committee

Dr. Asunción Blasco PhD (U. Zaragoza)
Dr. Dolors Bramon PhD (U. Barcelona)
Dr. Jordi Casanovas PhD (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)
Dr. Javier Castaño PhD (Dep. Estudios Hebraicos y Sefardíes del CSIC)
Dr. Eduard Feliu Phd (Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics)
Dr. Joan Ferrer PhD (U. Girona)
Ds. Danièle Iancu PhD (Gallia Judaica, CNRS Montpéllier)
Dr. Josep M. Nolla PhD (U. Girona)

Monday, March 23rd

9 a.m. Reception and delivery of documentation

9.15 a.m. Opening by Ms. Anna Pagans, Mayoress of Girona and President of the
Patronat Call de Girona. Welcome by a representative of Casa Sefarad-Israel

9.45 h a.m. – 10.45 h a.m.
Opening conference:
L’organització de la comunitat de jueus de Girona. Segles XIII-XV
Jaume Riera, Arxiu de la Corona d’Aragó, Barcelona

10.45 a.m. -11 a.m.


11 a.m. -12 noon
Estudis i elements arqueològics per a un millor coneixement del call de Girona

Jordi Sagrera, Universitat de Girona and Marc Sureda Museu Episcopal de Vic

12 noon -12.30 p.m.
Objectes materials en habitat jueu: el cas del pati del col·legi d’arquitectes
de Girona
M.J Lloveras and X. Jiménez, Universitat de Girona

12.30 p.m. - 12.45 p.m.

12.45 p.m. - 1.45 p.m.
Another look at the Illustrated Sephardic Haggadot: communal and social aspects
of the Passover Holiday
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Ben Gurion University, Israel

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Documents i fragments hebraics dels arxius Catalans: estat de la qüestió
Eduard Feliu, Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics

5 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.

5.15 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.
De Cataluña a Sefarad: la aportación lingüística del judaísmo catalán al mundo
Laura Minervini, Università di Napoli, Italia

5.45 p.m. – 6.45 p.m.
Tendencias en la cultura judeocatalana medieval
Eleazar Gutwirth, Tel Aviv University, Israel

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
DEBATE OPEN TO ALL PUBLICS (at the Bonastruc ça Porta Centre)
Els objectes i les paraules: fonts per a l’estudi de la història de la Catalunya
Presented by: Jordi Casanovas
With the participation of: Danièle Iancu, Josep M. Nolla, Christa Casals, Teresa

Tuesday, March 24th



9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
Les juifs de Gérone au milieu du XIVème sciècle (in Catalan)
Christian Guilleré, Université de Savoie, France

10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
La cathédrale de Girona et les juifs: exemples de relations dans le cadre de la
fabrique, XVe siècle (in Catalan)
Sabdrine Victor, Université de Savoie, France

11.30 a.m. – 12 noon
Ebrei catalani (e di Girona) nell’Italia del tardo medioevo (in Spanish)
Michele Luzzati, Università di Pisa, Italia

12 noon – 12.30 p.m.
Alguns aspectes de la història social de la comunitat jueva de Castelló
d’Empúries al s. XIV
Stephen Bensch, Swarthmore College, USA

12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m
Marriage, the Family and the Family Business: Links between the Jews of Medieval
Perpignan and Girona
Rebecca Lynn Winer, Villanova University (USA)

5.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

6 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
La comunitat jueva de Girona a través de la documentació de Vic (s. XIII i XIV)
Irene Llop, Universitat de Vic and Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics

6.30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Traducció catalana de la quetubà d’Asturga i Mair Vidal (Besalú s. XIV)
Lídia Donat Pérez, Associació d’Història Rural i Centre de Recerca d’Història
Rural (UdG)

7.15 p.m. – 8 p.m.
DEBATE OPEN TO ALL PUBLICS (at the Bonastruc ça Porta Centre)
Per a una història de la Girona Jueva: 1988-2008, vint anys d’estudis històrics

Presented by: Joaquim Nadal Farreras
With the participation: Dolors Bramon, Asunción Blasco, Javier Castaño

Wednesday, March 25th


9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m
R. Jacob ben Sheshet of Gerona and his Critique of Science
Gad Freudenthal, CNRS, Paris

10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Palabras de rabinos, saberes de mujeres. Discursos normativos y prácticas
sanitarias entorno a la menstruación
Carmen Caballero, Universidad de Granada

11 a.m. - 11.15 a.m.

11.15 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.
The great mother in Nahmanides’ thought
Haviva Pedaya, Ben Gurion University, Israel

12.15 p.m. - 12.45 p.m.

The scientific knowledge in Nahmanides ruling: The cases of the Joint of the
Sinews and the “Killer Wife”
Shalem Yahalom, Talumd Department, Bar llan University, Israel

12.45 p.m. - 1 p.m.

13.30 p.m.
Homage to Doctor David Romano Ventura. Public presentation of his bibliographic
collection of Judaica, donated to the Patronat Call de Girona (at the Bonastruc
ça Porta centre)

Sílvia Planas Marcé
Directora de l'Institut d'Estudis Nahmànides
i del Museu d'Història dels Jueus
972 216761


10. University of Toronto Caribbean Studies Program Distinguished Public
Lecture: Natalie Zemon Davis (Newton)

From: Colleen Vasconcellos cvasconc(at)WESTGA(dot)EDU
via: melanie(dot)newton(at)utoronto(dot)ca
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:17:42 -0500

Caribbean Studies Program
University of Toronto
Distinguished Public Lecture

Creoles and their Uses: The Example of Eighteenth-Century Suriname

Natalie Zemon Davis
Henry Charles Rea Professor of History Emerita, Princeton University and Adjunct
Professor of History, University of Toronto

Munk Centre for International Studies,
1 Devonshire Place, Room N208
Thursday, March 19 2009, 6:30pm

Natalie Zemon Davis is the author of eight books, all of them translated into
various languages: Society and Culture in Early Modern France; The Return of
Martin Guerre; Fiction in the Archives: Pardon Tales in Sixteenth-Century
France; Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives; The Gift in
Sixteenth-Century France;
Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision; L?histoire tout feu tout flame.
Entretiens avec Denis Crouzet, and Trickster Travels. A Sixteenth-Century Muslim
Between Worlds. She was Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for
Historical Studies at Princeton University from 1990-1994. A former president of
the American Historical Association, she is also a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, and
Chevalier de l?Ordre des Palmes Académique. She is the recipient of various
honorary degrees, including from Harvard University, the University of Toronto,
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Cambridge University, and the Université de

For further information contact melanie(dot)newton(at)utoronto(dot)ca/416-978-

Melanie Newton
Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Toronto


11. Conference: "Israel and India," Yeshiva University, March 30-31 (Fine)

From: "Steven Fine" <steven(dot)fine(at)yahoo(dot)com>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:02:38 -0500

Conference: "Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age," Yeshiva University,
March 30-31

Subject: Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age, Conference at Yeshiva
University, March 30-31.

Dear Colleagues,

Israel and India: A Relationship Comes Of Age, an international conference,
organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and Yeshiva
University Institute and Institute for Public Health Services. This conference
brings together leading scholars and experts in the fields of history and
culture, business and political science, public health and medicine to examine
Israel-India relations.

To register and for more information, visit:

I hope that you will be able to join us, and please feel free to share this

Steven Fine,
Director, YU Center for Israel Studies

Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age
Monday March 30, 2009
9:30 a.m.
Welcome President Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva University
10 a.m.
Keynote address
Congressman Gary Ackerman
Chairman, House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, United States
House of Representatives
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Session 1:
India and Israel: cultural Perspectives
Chair Dr. Raji Viswanathan, Yeshiva University

Professor Nathan Katz, Florida International University
Methods, Models and Metaphors for Religious Acculturation Suggested by the Case
of the Jews of Kochin
Professor Maina Chawla Singh, University of Delhi
Culture, Self-Image and Community Organization: Indian Jews in Contemporary
Lunch Break

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Session 2:
Israel and India: Facing Current Challenges
Chair Dr. Ruth A. Bevan, Yeshiva University

Professor Efraim Inbar, Bar Ilan University
India and Israel: A New Strategic Partnership
Professor P. Kumaraswamy, Nehru University
India and Israel: From Non-Relations to Friendship

4 - 4:30 p.m
Discussion and summation
Chair Dr. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Session 3: Israel and India: Contemporary Business Relations
Chair Michael Ginzberg, Dean, Syms School of Business
Yeshiva University

Professor Gadi Ariav, Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University
India and Israel: Reciprocal Global Opportunities and Their Realization
Professor Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman of the Institute For Competitiveness
(India) and Professor of Strategy and Industrial Economics; Management
Development Institute
An Assessment of India’s Competitiveness and Opportunities the Country Presents

Lunch Break
2 - 4 p.m. Session 4:
Israel and India: Public Health and Medical Perspectives
Chair Dr. Paul Marantz, Yeshiva University

Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Director General,
Hadassah University Medical Center, Israel The Health Care System in Israel
Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India
Public Health Challenges in Developing Economies

4 - 4:30 p.m.
Discussion and summation
Chair Dr. Sonia Suchday, Yeshiva University

To register and for more information, visit:


12. Call for papers: “Commerce and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern
Times” (Trivellato)

From: <Francesca Trivellato> francesca(dot)trivellato(at)yale(dot)edu
via: Dayo Nicole Mitchell <dnm(at)uoregon(dot)edu>

European Social Science History Conference (Ghent, Belgium, 13-16 April

How did merchants belonging to different religious groups conduct trade with one
another during the Medieval and Early Modern period? How did different
societies accommodate "infidels" in the interest of promoting profitable
commercial activity? We seek papers that focus on specific instances of inter-
faith commerce from around the world in the period from 1000 to 1800. Papers
from a variety of perspectives (e.g. economic history, legal history, cultural
history) are welcome. They should be based on original research.

We are particularly eager to receive contributions that approach two inter-
related themes:

a) the emergence of institutions, technologies, and forms of social
organization that may have reduced the uncertainty of commercial exchanges,
which was particularly acute in the absence of family and religious ties.
For example, papers might explore the mechanics of medium- to long-term credit
between individuals and groups who shared no religious affiliation and traded
over significant distances. Analyses of failed or coerced inter-faith
commercial exchanges are also welcome if they reveal larger patterns of cross-
cultural interaction.

b) the tension between economic pragmatism, legal prescriptions, and religious
prejudice. We are eager to link the mechanics of commercial exchange to their
broader cultural implications in a wide variety of contexts and historical
moments. In particular, we want to understand how and whether the quest for
profit either encouraged more tolerant attitudes or merely enabled different
groups to coexist in the context of religious biases and patterns of

The ultimate goal of this session is to develop a comparative approach to these
questions and to trace changes over time, while respecting the historical
particularity of diverse cases.

Please send a paper title and an abstract of no more than 800 words via email to
both session organizers no later than 1 April 2009. Proposals should be written
in English. We are especially keen to review papers that combine empirical
research and theoretical reflections.

Francesca Trivellato
Professor of History
Yale University
Email: francesca(dot)trivellato(at)yale(dot)edu


13. Query: Yemenite Jews in Ottoman Palestine (Dahbany-Miraglia)

From: Dina Dahbany-Miraglia <ddmqcc(at)att(dot)net>
via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:52:43 -0500

I'm looking for any kind of material--Hebrew, French, Arabic, Turkish-- that
will help me locate Yemenite Jews who arrived to Jaffa and elsewhere during the
Ottoman occupation from the middle of the 19th century until WWI.

Do you know of any sources I can access? online? archives?

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia
The City University of New York

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