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Week of Sunday, March 29, 2009 (4 Nisan 5769)


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1. Special Issue on Sephardi Identities: _Jewish Social Studies_ 15:1 (Fall 2008) (Journals)

2. Recent Publication: Angel, _Remnant of Israel_ (Eskenazi)

3. Table of Contents: _Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry_ (Zohar)

4. Table of Contents: _Journal of Jewish Identities_ 2:1 (Sinnriech)

5. New Publication: _El Prezente: Research on Judeo-Spanish Communities_ (Papo)

6. Call for Papers: Sephardic Women in Spain and the Americas to 1800 (Romero-Diaz)

7. Call for Papers: Association for Jewish Studies 41st Annual Conference (AJS)

8. Visiting Scholar Program in Medieval Jewish Studies (Donoghue)

9. Post-Doctoral Fulbright Fellowships in Israel (USIEF)

10. Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant (Labovitz)

11. Lecture on Algerian Jews: Center for Jewish History Graduate Seminar Program for Spring 2009 (Speilman)

12. Books and Authors Spring Series at the American Sephardi Federation (A.S.F.)

13. Sephardic Holocaust Remembrance Day (Sephiha)


1. Special Issue on Sephardi Identities: _Jewish Social Studies_ 15:1 (Fall 2008) (Journals)

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

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:29 PM

_Jewish Social Studies_

Vol. 15, No. 1 Fall 2008

A Special Issue on Sephardi Identities

Guest editor: Matthias B. Lehmann

Introduction: Sephardi Identities --- 1

Matthias B. Lehmann

New Approaches to the Jewish --- 10

Diaspora: The Sephardim as a Sub-Ethnic Group

Jonathan Ray

Religion and Ethnicity Among --- 32

"Men of the Nation": Toward a Realistic Interpretation

David Graizbord

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: --- 66

The Ambiguous Boundaries of Self-Definition

Miriam Bodian

Rethinking Sephardi Identity: Jews --- 81

and Other Jews in Ottoman Palestine

Matthias B. Lehmann

Jews of Three Colors: The Path to --- 110

Modernity in the Ladino Press at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Olga Borovaya

"Adieu =E0 ma maison": Sephardi --- 131

Adolescent Identities, 1932-36

Frances Malino

The Shifting Boundaries of --- 145

Moroccan Jewish Identities

Daniel J. Schroeter

From Sephardi to Mizrahi and Back --- 165

Again: Changing Meanings of "Sephardi" in Its Social Environments

Harvey E. Goldberg

Sephardi Identities: A Response --- 189

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Contributors --- 193

In Forthcoming Issues --- 195

Notice to Contributors --- 196=20


2. Recent Publication: Angel, _Remnant of Israel_ (Eskenazi)

From:             brian eskenazi/riverside book company <eskenazi(at)riversidebook(dot)com>

Date:             Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:59:07 -0500


_REMNANT OF ISRAEL: A Portrait of America's First Jewish Congregation,


by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

    ISBN 1-878351-62-1


    March 2004

   192 pages, 9 x 11", hardcover with linen binding and french-fold dust-jacket,

    89 illustrations in color and 53 in b&w


In September 1654, twenty-three Jewish refugees from Recife, Brazil arrived in the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam aboard the St. Charles, a French warship. The Portuguese had just retaken Brazil from the Dutch, and these Jews feared living under the same repression that had caused their ancestors to flee Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1497.

       Despite strong protests by Peter Stuyvesant, the local governor, the Dutch West India Company ordered that this small group be allowed to stay in New Amsterdam. At first calling themselves Shearith Jacob, or Remnant of Jacob, and later Shearith Israel, they became the first Jewish congregation in North America.

       For almost 175 years, Shearith Israel was the only Jewish congregation in New York City, and its history has been deeply intertwined with that of the city and the nation.

      Active in both the synagogue and the outside world have been such figures as Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas, an incorporator of Columbia College and a prominent patriot during the American Revolution; Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, a hero in the War of 1812 who later saved Thomas Jefferson's Monticello from ruin; Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo; Emma Lazarus, one of whose poems is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty; and Maude Nathan, who was active in the women's suffrage movement as well as a Daughter of the American Revolution.

       Published to mark Shearith Israel's 350th anniversary, this book tells their individual stories as well as the history of the congregation, explaining its origins, its rituals and its traditions. It is profusely illustrated with portraits, historical documents and ritual objects. There are beautiful views of the Little Synagogue, part of the present building on Central Park West at 70th Street, which incorporates furnishings from the congregation's 1730 synagogue on Mill Street, and of the recently restored main sanctuary, with its stained glass and interior design by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

       This book tells a fascinating story, one that will appeal to anyone interested in the history and culture of the Jewish people, of New York City, and of the United States.

Brian Eskenazi


3. Table of Contents: _Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry_ (Zohar)

From: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:37:52 -0400


      Part of FIU's President Navon Program, the Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry has been an ongoing, interdisciplinary project which draws upon the expertise of leading scholars in the field and seeks to cover all aspects of the Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish experience.

      MIAMI (March 20, 2009) - The newest issue of the Journal for the Study of Sephardic & Mizrahi Jewry is truly an exercise in interdisciplinary studies and features the work of leading scholars in the field of Judaic studies.

      The Winter 2008/2009 (Vol. 2.2) issue of the journal includes the following peer-reviewed articles:

      . Yechiel Shalom Goldberg's "Spiritual Leadership and the Popularization of Kabbalah in Medieval Spain"

      . Moshe Idel's "Inner Peace through Inner Struggle in Abraham Abulafia's Ecstatic Kabbalah"

      . Abraham D. Lavender's "DNA Origins and Current Consequences for Sephardi, Mizrahi, and Ashkenazi Males and Females: Latest Results from Medical, Genealogical-Familial, and National-Ethnic Research"

      . Avi Picard's "Soft Religiosity: The Identity of North African Youths in Israel in the 1950s"

      Call for papers! Academicians in the field are invited to submit articles and contribute to this innovative, new journal. Among the many benefits of publishing with the journal is the short time span between submission and publishing compared to other journals. Moreover, the journal is free, fully online, and easily accessible to the general public via the journal website.

      The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry is a refereed, peer reviewed and interdisciplinary academic journal. Created to fill a lacuna in academic publications, the journal's purpose is to provide an online platform for scholars to publish original, academic work that explores salient aspects within this burgeoning field of study.

      While the journal is fully online and it is free of charge, donations are essential to its continued existence.

      To access the Journal please use this link:

      For submission guidelines and a style/instruction sheet see:

     Antonina Shachar, Copyeditor & Editorial Assistant

      The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry

      Florida International University

      Academic One #224


      Email: ashac002(at)fiu(dot)edu

Zion Zohar


4. Table of Contents: _Journal of Jewish Identities_ 2:1 (Sinnriech)

From: "Helene J. Sinnreich" <another_idea(at)yahoo(dot)com>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 5:30 PM

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only articles relevant to this listserve are listed below.]

_Journal of Jewish Identities_

Issue 2, vol. 1

The "Gate of Heaven"(Sha'ar Hashamayim) Synagogue in Cairo (1898-1905): On the Contextualization of Jewish Communal Architecture

Hana Taragan

"On the verge of a long-craved intimacy": Distance and Proximity Between Jewish and Arab Identities in A.B. Yehoshua's The Liberated Bride

Ranen Omer-Sherman

The latest issue is available at Project MUSE.

For subscription information, please contact judaic(at)ysu(dot)edu

For submission information, please contact hjsinnreich(at)ysu(dot)edu

For book reviews, please contact dmagilow(at)utk(dot)edu

Back issues will be available at Project MUSE shortly.


5. New Publication: _El Prezente: Research on Judeo-Spanish Communities_ (Papo)

Date:             Thu, 2 Apr 2009 18:11:05 +0300

From:             Eliezer Papo <andaluz(at)bezeqint(dot)net>

Click here for the pdf file of the contents of this volume, along with the article by Eliezer Papo on Laura Papo, the first Ladino female playwright.


6. Call for Papers: Sephardic Women in Spain and the Americas to 1800 (Romero-Diaz)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Professor Romero-Diaz, the organizer of the 2010 GEMELA conference, is interested in seeing a session on “Ladino/Sephardic women.” The last GEMELA conference at Long Beach, Ca, included a session of "Sefarditas  and Moriscas," as well as a musical event by Vanessa Paloma. Those interested in speaking on such a panel should send a 1-2 page abstract to me at aben-ur(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu). The conference description is below]

From:             Nieves Romero-Diaz <rdiaz(at)mtholyoke(dot)edu>

Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:34:35 -0500

GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas) conference at MHC 2010

Project: the 10th biennial conference of GEMELA, at MHC, 23-25 September, 2010

Organizer: Nieves Romero-Diaz, Spanish Department, MHC

GEMELA webpage: www(dot)gemela(dot)org

I. Background

GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas, -1800 [Group for the Study of Women from Spain and the Americas, -1800]) is holding its biennial conference from September 23 to 25, 2010, at Mount Holyoke College, organized by professor Romero-Díaz. The conference promises to bring together a multitude of scholars of early modern and medieval Spain as well as colonial Latin America for a three-day event focused on Hispanic women’s culture.

Past conferences have united international groups of scholars together at the California State-Long Beach, University of Houston, the University of Arizona, la Universidad Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in Mexico City, University of Portland, Georgetown University, Texas Tech, and the University of Virginia. As this list suggests, GEMELA has a solid record of hosting scholarly conferences at which academics from the United States, Europe, and Latin America come together to share the(ir) latest research on women’s cultural production pre-1800.

Our organization fills a unique niche, and as such we appeal to a broad range of scholars from numerous disciplines, including art history, women’s history, literary studies, gender studies and religious studies. We are proud to count among our numbers colleagues from teaching and research institutions, as well as graduate students whose work we intend to nurture and encourage through an emphasis on mentoring, collaboration, and serious scholarly exchange.

II. Proposal           

The 2010 conference will unite some of the most prominent researchers in the field of early modern Spanish and colonial Spanish-American women. For this event, we have broadened our outreach efforts in an attempt to forge additional interdisciplinary scholarly alliances. This involves the creation of a subcommittee which is compiling an email list of major universities and secured contacts in Spain, the Caribbean and Latin America. Some fifty invitations will  be specifically tailored for and sent to our colleagues in non-literary field, and non-Hispanic. Many eminent scholars will attend the event as they have been doing for the previous conferences (e.g. Alison Weber, University of Virginia; Anne Cruz, Miami University; Ronald Surtz, Princeton University; Barbara Weissberger, University of Minnesota; Electa Arenal, CUNY, among others). 

With this biennial conference, we attempt to establish a fruitful connection between Spain and the Americas, as well as between Spain/the Americas and Europe, between the present and the past, taking as point of inflection women cultural production pre-1800. Therefore, the conference is encouraging speakers to discuss interdisciplinary approaches and blur chronological and geographic boundaries.

The keynote address will be by Professor Nieves Baranta Leutorio, Professor of Spanish Literature at the UNED in Madrid, Spain. Her main area of research deals with the study of women in early Modern Spanish literature and history of ideas. We hope to draw from a broad range of disciplinary interests as Professor Baranda’s work is renowned among people in history, religious studies, and literary analysis. As such, we anticipate a large crowd for this address (see her abbreviated curriculum vitae attached).

To finance this event, I am requesting funds from the following places: UMass (Spanish and Portuguese Department, Dean of Humanities), Amherst College (Spanish Department), Smith College (Spanish and Portuguese Department), Mount Holyoke College (Spanish Department, Romance Languages and Literature, Center for Global Initiatives, Dean of Faculty, Dean of the College, History Department, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies), Five Colleges Consortium, the Spanish Consulate at Boston, and the Program of Cultural Cooperation between Spain and the United States.

III. Outreach and Impact

The host organizer as well as the GEMELA board-members of this conference are planning to promote the conference widely among Massachusetts and Connecticut area institutions, for the attendance of interested people beyond the accepted participants. Also we are expecting the collaboration of the Spanish Consulate in Boston.

The conference itself will be promoted as a cultural event open to students and faculty from the Five Colleges, as well as the community at large. We hope to encourage attendance for as many members of the community as possible, as we believe that this kind of outreach represents the best possible way to disseminate knowledge and increase awareness about the women whom we study.

We expect that approximately 70 will present papers during the conference, and that another 70 people from the community will take part in the lectures, including the keynote speech that will be open to the public. Overall, we estimate some 150 people will attend our three-day cultural event.

IV. Summary

GEMELA is committed to the dissemination of Spanish culture through scholarship, teaching, and service. By continuing to meet the goals of encouraging scholarship on medieval and early modern women, which includes both Spain and Spanish-America, GEMELA performs a vital function at the local, national and international levels. We are proud of our record of scholarship, and we include as part of the proposal our mission statement and our more current newsletter so you can see firsthand the most recent scholarly achievements of our members.


7. Call for Papers: Association for Jewish Studies 41st Annual Conference (AJS)

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

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

CFP: Association for Jewish Studies 41st Annual Conference, Los Angeles, December 20-22, 2009

The Call for Papers for the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies is now available online at  The conference will take place December 20-22, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California.  The AJS Conference is the largest annual gathering of Jewish studies scholars worldwide.  More than 150 sessions dedicated to all fields of Jewish studies research and scholarship.  The online proposal submission site will be open for submissions beginning March 23, 2009; the deadline for submissions is May 8, 2009.  You will also find on the AJS website: information about travel discounts, grants, hotel, meals, registration; sample abstracts; and information on visiting Los Angeles.

If you are interested in organizing a session and seek participants, please post an announcement to the Sessions Seeking Participants page on the AJS website. Session organizers seeking participants for their proposed panels, roundtables, meetings, or seminars may list their proposed session topics, along with their contact information.  Those interested in joining one of the sessions will contact the organizer directly about submitting a proposal.  For more information, go to

The page includes instructions on how to submit a proposed topic and contact a session organizer.

Please contact the AJS office at ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions about the conference.

Association for Jewish Studies

Located at the Center for Jewish History

15 W. 16th Street

New York, New York   10011

Phone: 917.606.8249

E-mail: ajs(at)ajs(dot)cjh(dot)org



8. Visiting Scholar Program in Medieval Jewish Studies (Donoghue)

From: "Cheryl Tallan" <c(dot)tallan(at)utoronto(dot)ca>

From: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 07:03:53 -0400

Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar Program

The Morton W. Bloomfield Fund at Harvard University, in conjunction with the Medieval Doctoral Conference of the Department of English, invites applications to the Bloomfield Visiting Scholar Program. The program is intended to assist scholars wishing to conduct research at Harvard over a two- to four-week period during the regular academic year, in any of the fields associated with Morton W. Bloomfield: particularly Old and Middle English, the history of English, the history of Christian thought, and medieval Jewish studies. We can offer $3000 in travel and accommodation subsidy for one or more selected scholars in these fields. Bloomfield fellows will give a presentation of their work at the Medieval Doctoral Conference and might informally also be asked to meet with graduate students or attend a student seminar, as a temporary member of our community. Although applications are open to anyone, preference will be given to younger scholars who may benefit from access to Harvard's resources. To apply, please send a brief curriculum vitae, with a one-page project proposal and the title of a possible talk, to Daniel Donoghue, Department of English, Harvard University, 12 Quincy

Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A. by 1 May 2009.


9. Post-Doctoral Fulbright Fellowships in Israel (USIEF)

From:             The United States - Israel Educational Foundation <Info(at)fulbright(dot)org(dot)il>

Date:             Tue, 24 Mar 2009 12:08:51 +0200

I am pleased to inform you of a new Fulbright program for American post-doctoral fellows.

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation is now able to offer 10 fellowships per year to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities.  The current call for candidates is aimed at researchers who plan to work in Israel during the course of the 2010/2011-2011/2012 academic years.

The US Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program is open to candidates in all academic disciplines.

Program grants total $40,000, $20,000 per academic year.

Program fellows must be accepted as post-doctoral researchers by Israeli host institutions, which agree to provide them with a standard post-doctoral grant.  The post-doctoral fellowships offered by Israeli universities fall in the $22,000-$35,000 range.  Thus, researchers who are accepted as post-doctoral fellows by a university and win a Fulbright award may expect to enjoy a total stipend in the range of $42,000-$55,000, in keeping with their qualifications, personal status, and host institution.

Applications for 2010/2011-2011/2012 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars by 1 August, 2009.

Further details on the program and on application procedures may be found at:;;

Best regards,

Neal Sherman

[ed: slight edit]


10. Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant (Labovitz)

From: "Gail Labovitz" <GLabovitz(at)ajula(dot)edu>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 5:53 PM

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant

Dr. Elka Klein (1965-2005) was passionate about her profession as a historian and a teacher.  Her untimely death in the spring of 2005 was a great loss to all who knew her, whether personally or professionally.  In her memory, her friends and professional colleagues in the fields of History and Jewish Studies have created a fitting memorial to honor her dedication to and her achievements in her academic life.

A cash grant of $1500 will be awarded in Dr. Klein's memory to a doctoral candidate preparing to spend a semester or more of the 2009-2010 academic year abroad conducting historical research towards his/her dissertation.

The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Dr. Klein, such as Sephardic culture, medieval history, gender studies, and Jewish studies.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit four copies of the following information by April 17, 2009:

*           A c.v.

*           A copy of the applicant's dissertation proposal

*           A description of the specific research to be undertaken abroad

*           A working budget, including what other funds have already been secured

*           A letter of recommendation from the applicant's dissertation supervisor, addressing the applicant's qualifications and the significance of the research s/he will be undertaking

Applications should be mailed to:

Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant

c/o Dr. Gail Labovitz

American Jewish University

15600 Mulholland Drive

Bel Air, CA  90077

Applicants will be informed of the committee's selection by May 15, 2009.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gail Labovitz, glabovitz(at)ajula(dot)edu

The selected applicant will be expected to acknowledge the grant in the dissertation and in any subsequent publications that result from the research subsidized by the grant.  We thank the Association for Jewish Studies for their help in fund-raising and administration to make this grant possible.

Works by Dr. Elka Klein:

Jews, Christian Society and Royal Power in Medieval Barcelona (Ann Arbor:

University of Michigan Press, 2006)

Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews 1117-1316 (Barcelona, Girona: Societat Catalana

d'Estudis Hebraics, 2004)

"Splitting heirs: patterns of inheritance among Barcelona's Jews," Jewish

History 16,1 (2002), 49-71

"The widow's portion: law, custom and marital property among medieval

Catalan Jews," Viator 31 (2000), 147-163

"Protecting the widow and the orphan: a case study from 13th century

Barcelona," Mosaic 14 (1993), 65-81

If you would like to contribute to the Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant, so that we can continue to offer grants in future years, please send your donation to:

The Association for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish History

15 W. 16th Street

New York, NY  10011-6301

Checks should be made out to the Association for Jewish Studies, with the words "Elka Klein memorial" in the memo line (if you do not put this somewhere on the check, it will not go to the right account!)

Gail Labovitz


11. Lecture on Algerian Jews: Center for Jewish History Graduate Seminar Program for Spring 2009 (Speilman)

From: "Diane Spielmann" <dspielmann(at)CJH(dot)org>

via: Adam Mendelsohn <mendelsohna(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:24:45 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Only the lecture relevant to the listserve is listed below.]

CJH Graduate Seminar Program for Spring 2009

RSVP: dspielmann(at)cjh(dot)org      or      call  212-294-8325

Monday, May 4, 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Kovno Room, 2nd Floor

Jessica Hammerman, Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellow in Jewish Culture at CJH, and Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, presenting

Decolonizing French Jews:  The Algerian War and the Reconstruction of

Jewish Identity

Dr. Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University, responding

CJH Graduate Seminars are conducted by: Dr. Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia

Steinberg Professor in American Jewish Studies, NYU


12. Books and Authors Spring Series at the American Sephardi Federation (A.S.F.)

From:             American Sephardi Federation / Sephardic House <info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org>

Date:             Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:00:11 -0400 (EDT)

Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm

From Baghdad to Bombay: In the Kitchens of My Cousins

Pearl Sofaer -- author, painter, sculptor, singer -- takes us on a colorful culinary journey. Educated in India, England and the U.S., Pearl Sofaer was born, and grew up, in Bombay.  Her large family originated in Baghdad and Kirkuk, Iraq, before migrating to Burma and India during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With family members living on four continents, Pearl has sampled a vast repertoire of recipes, which she has documented in this memoir.  Much more than a cookbook, this is a testimony to keeping a culture alive!

Special Tour at 5:45pm:  Arrive early for a tour of the Yeshiva University Museum's new exhibit, From Hodu to Israel: Jews of India, a glimpse into the rich culture of Indian Jews through photographs and artifacts of ritual and daily life.

Free for ASF Members; General Admission: $5 at the door.

Reservations required.  Call 212.294.8350 ext. 8265

or email

info(at) [mailto:info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org]

Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm

Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce

Dr. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, author, is Professor of History and holds the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA

in conversation with Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Join us for a discussion on Jews and Fashion through the lens of Dr. Stein's innovative and intriguing book. Fashionable women of Europe and America prompted a bustling global trade in ostrich feathers that flourished from the 1880s until WWI, when the feathers fell precipitously out of fashion.  Drawing on archival material from three continents, Dr. Stein brings to light the prominent and varied roles of Jews in the feather trade, and tells  a remarkably resonant story of a boom and bust market, global commerce, and the  rise and fall of a single glamorous luxury item. Free for ASF Members; General Admission: $5 at the door. Reservations required.  Call 212.294.8350 ext. 8265 or email


Membership Film Series

A Matter of Time

This two-part series relates the little-known story of the Jewish communities of North Africa (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) during WW II, revealing how, had fate not intervened, it was only "a matter of time" until they would share the fate of their co-religionists in Europe. Through archival and contemporary footage and stills, and extensive interviews with surviving witnesses and historians, the film depicts Jewish life in North Africa and describes the evidence of plans by German and Italian occupiers to carry out "the final solution" far from the shores of Europe.

Our thanks to Filmakers Library, Inc. (212.808.4983) for providing the films.

Thursday, May 14, 1:30pm

Part I: From Tripoli to Bergen-Belsen

Director: Marco Carmel - Israel, 2005 - 52 mins. Tunisian & Hebrew with English


Libyan and North African Jews never revealed their own war-time experiences: Italian-imposed racial laws, property confiscation, and deportation to Bergen-Belsen. For the first time, this little-known part of Holocaust history is told through personal stories and extensive, rare archival footage.

Thursday, June 4, 1:30pm

Part II: Common Fate

Director: Serge Ankri - Israel, 2005 - 52 mins. Hebrew with English subtitles

The film describes the institution and impact of racial laws, property confiscation and the establishment of forced labor concentration camps in German occupied Tunis, and under the Vichy regimes in Algeria and Morocco. It relates the general suffering and death of North African Jews as the result of starvation, disease and the violence directed against them. at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NYC

Free Admission: ASF Members and a guest

(New Members may sign up at the door)

General Admission: $5 at the door for each program

To RSVP: call 212-294-8350 ext. 8265

or email info(at)americansephardifederation(dot)org


13. Sephardic Holocaust Remembrance Day (Sephiha)

From:             Sephiha Haïm-Vidal <hv(dot)sephiha(at)wanadoo(dot)fr>

Date:             Thu, 2 Apr 2009 10:02:56 +0200


Début du message réexpédié :

De : Sephiha Haïm-Vidal <hv(dot)sephiha(at)wanadoo(dot)fr>

Date : 6 mars 2009 13:26:13 HNEC

Objet : REMEMBER.!    Haïm-Vidal SEPHIHA


¡Los Judeo-Espanyoles se akodran!

Les Judéo-Espagnols se souviennent!

¡Los Sefardíes no olvidan!

De Sephardim vergeten niet!

Die Spaniolen vergessen nicht!

Die Sefardische Yiden fargessen nit!

The Sephardim don't forget!



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