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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – August 30, 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, 30 August, 2009 (10 Elul 5769)


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1. Seeking Host for Online Jewish/Civil Calendar Calculator (Corre)

2. Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, 2010-2011 (Lipson-Walker)

3. Call for Applications: Graduate Student Seminar: “The Languages and Histories of Jews" (AAJR)

4. Call for Nominations: Alberto Nar Scholarship 2009 for History of Jews of Greece (Papamichos Chronakis)

5. Call for Submissions: Baron Book Prize from the American Academy for Jewish Research (Sorkin)

6. Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor of Early Modern Jewish History, Brown University (Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of History, Brown U.)

7. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Modern Jewish History, Princeton University (Program in Judaic Studies & Dept. of History, Princeton U.)

8. Conference Program: The Ninth International Conference for the Study of Jewish Names (Levin)

9. New Publication: Second Edition of _Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World_ (Malka)

10. Digital Sephardic Reference _Hispania Judaica_ (Wyman)

11. Death of Dr. Gary Tobin (Sarna)


1. Seeking Host for Online Jewish/Civil Calendar Calculator (Corre)

From: Alan Corre [corre(at)uwm(dot)edu]

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:03:36 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: As a researcher of early modern Jewish history, I can attest to the huge importance of this calendar as a scholarly tool. Moreover, no other such free-access program exists, and perpetual calendars published some hundred years ago are extremely cumbersome (if not impossible!) to use. I urge readers of this list with host capabilities to help Professor Corre find a new home for the Perpetual Jewish/Civil Calendar, and thank him for his invaluable program.]

Several decades ago I wrote a computer program for the Univac 1100 which

I dubbed A VISUALLY EQUIVALENT JEWISH/CIVIL CALENDAR. When the World Wide Web came along, I modified it for the Web. It has been quite widely used since then since so far as I know it is the only online calendar which offers information from the year 1 of the Jewish calendar. True, the calculated Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar did not exist so far back, but people seem to find it useful nevertheless.

The Unix box on which this calendar is located is going out of business on October 15, and is being replaced by a system that does not allow for CGI programs like mine. The authorities have promised to look for an alternative host, but I am not holding my breath. I wonder if someone else would like to host it? It will require the translator for the Icon programming language to be available, since the code is written in Icon. This can be downloaded free from the University of Arizona where Icon was invented. The software is public domain.

At present you can view the calendar at my website:

It works best on Explorer or Firefox. I can send the code or other information on request. The code for the MSDOS port can be seen at:

Alan D. Corre

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


2. Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, 2010-2011 (Lipson-Walker)

From: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 11:07:45 -0400

Graduate Fellowships and Awards

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program

Announces its 2010-2011 Graduate Fellowship Competition

The Friends of the Borns Jewish Studies Program Graduate Fellowship

The Glazer Family Fellowships

The Yiddish Graduate Fellowship

The Alice Ginott Cohn, Ph.D. and Theodore Cohn Fellowship

Review of applicants begins: Friday, January 15, 2010

The Borns Jewish Studies Program offers fellowships for students accepted into a graduate degree program at Indiana University who show clear promise of dedicating themselves seriously to scholarship within one of the core areas of Jewish Studies.  Each fellowship provides a stipend of up to $20,000 and a fee remission and can be tied to multi-year packages.

Application Procedure: Prospective students must apply for admission directly to a graduate degree program at Indiana University.  In order to be considered for a Jewish Studies fellowship, applicants to the IU Graduate School should send a copy of their completed Indiana University application and request that 3 letters of recommendation be forwarded to Professor Matthias Lehmann; Associate Director; Borns Jewish Studies

Program; Indiana University; Goodbody Hall 326; 1011 E. Third St.; Bloomington, IN 47405-7005.  Each application will be considered for all relevant fellowship and award opportunities.  Review of 2010-2011 applications will begin on Friday, January 15, 2010.

Currently graduate students affiliated with the Borns Jewish Studies Program are pursing degrees in Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Germanic Studies, History, Journalism, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Religious Studies.

For more information, see our web site:<>


3. Call for Applications: Graduate Student Seminar: “The Languages and Histories of Jews" (AAJR)

From: "Sheila Allen" <allenshe(at)sas(dot)upenn(dot)edu>

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:05:45 -0400

American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Student Seminar: "The Languages and Histories of Jews"

American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR)

Graduate Student Seminar 2010

The Languages and Histories of Jews Faculty

Anita Norich, University of Michigan, English Language and Literature and

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

Gershon Hundert, McGill University, History and Jewish Studies

The AAJR is pleased to sponsor a week-long residential seminar for graduate students in all areas of Jewish Studies. The seminar will be held Sunday, May 23, 2010, through Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Students will participate in formal and informal sessions with Professors Norich and Hundert, as well as other AAJR Fellows. The purpose of this seminar is to create a community in which graduate students can examine current work in history and culture as well as matters concerning the nature of the academic profession in general and Jewish studies in particular. The latter will include discussions of the job market, publishing, career trajectories, pedagogic concerns, and the balance between personal and professional choices. In addition, some preassigned readings will be discussed. Approximately a dozen graduate students will be chosen to participate and will be asked to present parts of their dissertations.  These presentations may include the prospectus, research plans, chapters, conference papers, and articles. In this workshop format, students will receive constructive feedback from seminar participants.

Free on-campus housing, meals, and tuition will be provided. Those who are accepted to the seminar are encouraged to apply to their home universities for transportation expenses.

Enrollment in the seminar is competitive and limited to those who have completed at least one year of doctoral study in any discipline or time period. Applicants must submit:

A three- to five-page description of their doctoral studies focus, the topic of their dissertation, and their foreign language proficiency.

A letter from their advisor (to be e-mailed by the advisor to JudaicStudies(at)

A transcript

A curriculum vitae

A brief description of their career goals

Deadline is February 1, 2010. Please email all materials to JudaicStudies(at) with “AAJR Seminar” in the subject line.

Applicants will be notified in early March. For further information, please contact JudaicStudies(at)umich(dot)edu.


4. Call for Nominations: Alberto Nar Scholarship 2009 for History of Jews of Greece (Papamichos Chronakis)

From:            Paris Papamichos Chronakis <pchronakis(at)gmail(dot)com>

Date:             Fri, 28 Aug 2009 18:55:37 +0300

Alberto Nar Scholarship 2009

The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki entrusted the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece ( to nominate researchers for the 2009 “Alberto Nar Scholarship”. The scholarship amounts to 3,000 euros and will be awarded to one or two researchers. Accordingly, the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece invites those interested to apply.

The scholarship concerns the completion of an original article-length study on any subject on the history of the Jews of Greece. It is intended for young researchers currently pursuing a post-graduate, doctoral, or, post-doctoral program, or, who have been awarded a doctoral degree since January 1, 2005.

Those interested are asked to submit their application by November 15, 2009. The application should consist of:

·        A curriculum vitae;

·        A research proposal of 1,500 words length, which should include the title, and an analytical description of the topic.

·        A list of two referees whom the Selection Committee may solicit for their judgments of the candidate and of the project.

Scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by a panel of scholars and results will be made public before December 31, 2009. Scholarship recipients will be expected to submit their article-length study by October 31, 2010. Prior to the completion and submission of their study, they will also be invited to Thessaloniki to make a presentation to the monthly seminar series organized by the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece and also deliver a lecture sponsored by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.

Applications and studies can be submitted in Greek, English and French.

Applications should be submitted by email in word or pdf format to: <histjews(at)gmail(dot)com>. Further enquiries should also be made to the same email address.

Paris Papamichos Chronakis

(On behalf of the Group for the Study of the History of the Jews of Greece)

Agelaki 35

54621 Thessaloniki


tel. +30 2310 273756

fax. +30 2310 251119

mob. +30 6977897955


5. Call for Submissions: Baron Book Prize from the American Academy for Jewish Research (Sorkin)

From: djsorkin(at)facstaff(dot)wisc(dot)edu

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date:  Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:03:24 -0400


The American Academy for Jewish Research invites submissions for the Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize.  The Baron Book Prize ($5,000) is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding first book in Jewish studies.

Eligibility: An academic book, in English, in any area of Jewish studies published in calendar year 2009.  The work must be the author’s first book.  The author must have received his or her Ph.D. within the previous seven years.

Deadline:  Submissions must be received by January 30, 2010.  The winner will be notified in late spring 2010.

When submitting a book for consideration, please have three copies sent, along with a statement of when and where the author received his or her Ph.D., to:

Sheila Allen

The American Academy for Jewish Research

420 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

 For further information, please contact Prof. David Sorkin, chair of the Baron Prize committee (djsorkin(at)facstaff(dot)wisc(dot)edu).


6. Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor of Early Modern Jewish History, Brown University (Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of History, Brown U.)

From: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:41:10 -0400

The Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of History at Brown University invite applications for a position at the assistant or associate professor level in the area of Early Modern Jewish History beginning in Fall, 2010. We welcome applications from scholars specializing in any area of early modern Jewish history, including the early modern history of Eastern European Jewry and that of Sephardic communities in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Interested candidates should send (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of research areas, (4) one short writing sample that is illustrative of the candidate's research (e.g. an article or a chapter from a book), and (5) a statement describing teaching experience and proposed courses to be offered at Brown (with descriptions and/or syllabi) to Chair, Search Committee, Early Modern Jewish History, Program in Judaic Studies, P.O. Box 1826, Brown University, 163 George Street, Providence, RI 02912. In addition, candidates should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly to the same address. Tenured applicants should instead submit the names of five references. Deadline for applications is: October 15, 2009. Brown University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


7. Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Modern Jewish History, Princeton University (Program in Judaic Studies & Dept. of History, Princeton U.)

From: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date:    Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:47:20 -0400

Assistant professor, tenure track. The History Department of Princeton University, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, invites applications for an assistant professorship in Jewish history since 1500. Field and regional focus open. Please apply online at Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.


8. Conference Program: The Ninth International Conference for the Study of Jewish Names (Levin)

From: Yigal Levin [leviny1(at)mail(dot)biu(dot)ac(dot)il]

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 15:51:53 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Although this conference has already taken place, readers may be interested in contacting individual presenters, many of whom are working on Sephardi/Mizrahi-related themes.]

Conference for the Study of Jewish Names


Bar-Ilan University

The Faculty of Jewish Studies

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History

The Project for the Study of Jewish Names

Are pleased to announce that THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE STUDY OF JEWISH NAMES will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4-5 2009, as part of the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, at the Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem.

The Conference Program:

Session 820 - Jewish Names in the Modern World (Plenary Session)

Chairperson: Gershon Bacon

Tuesday (4/8/2009)  11:30 - 13:30     Room: 2718

Alexander Beider: The Notion of "Jewish Surnames" (Eng.)

Aaron Demsky: Jewish Names and the Shoah (Eng.)

Marlene Schiffman: Names and Governments: The Historical Effect of Modern Governments on Jewish Names (Eng.)

Ruth Moussaioff-Mason: Name Changes and Identity Problems among Ethiopian Jewish Immigrants (A Film) (Eng.)

Session 821 - Sepharad and Exile

Chairperson: Daniel J. Lasker

Tuesday (4/8/2009) 15:00 - 17:00     Room: 5818

Eunate Mirones Lozano: Jaffe, Ederra and Hermoso: One Name in Three Languages for the Same People (Eng.)

Harry Fox (leBeit Yoreh): The Persistence of the Names of Expelled Jews in Narbonne (Eng.)

Shelley Elkayam: New Dimensions in Kabalistic Poetry: Sixteenth Century Safed's Zmirot Israel - The Book, the Author, and Literary Genre (Heb.)

Gloria Mound: New Onomastic Discoveries in Cuba and Puerto Rico (Eng.)

Session 822 - Different Sources of Personal Names

Chairperson: Aaron Demsky

Tuesday (4/8/2009) 17:30 - 19:30     Room: 5818

Yigal Levin: Baal Worship in Early Israel? A Look at the Onomastic Evidence (Eng.)

Meir Lubetski: A Pre-Exilic Seal Containing an Unusual Name (Eng.)

Sara Friedman: When Aliza met Chedorlaomer: Proper Names in Hebrew Translation (Heb.)

Erga Heller and Vered Tohar: Students' and Teachers' Names in Hebrew Children's Literature (Heb.)

Session 823 - Names in Eastern and Western Jewish Communities

Chairperson: Yigal Levin

Wednesday (5/8/2009)   09:00 - 11:00     Room: 5818      

Victor Hayoun: Tombstone Inscriptions as Part of an Onomastic Study of the Jewish Community of Nabeul, Tunisia (Heb.)

Esther Shkalim: Family Names of Iranian Jews: Sources and Meanings (Heb.)

Zofia Abramowicz: The Role of the Name in Jewish Self-Identification in Podlasie (Poland) in the Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries (Eng.)

Session 824 - Names in the Eastern Communities

Chairperson: Harvey E. Goldberg

Wednesday (5/8/2009) 11:30 - 13:30     Room: 5818

Marcy Brink-Danan: Temporality and Turkish-Jewish Onomastics (Eng.)

Dina Dahbany-Miraglia: The Power of the WORD: Yemenite Jews - Names and Naming (Eng.)

Vitaly Shalem: Traditional Names of the Mountain Jews: An Etymological Analysis (Eng.)

Reuven Enoch: Place-Names in Georgia Connected to Jews and Judaism (Heb.)

Session 825 - Names in Modern Israel

Chairperson: Michal Ephratt:

Wednesday (5/8/2009) 15:00 - 17:00     Room: 5818  

Michal Shaket and Michal Ephratt: The Contribution of Linguistic Tools to the Selection of Personal Names in Israeli Song (Heb.)

Meir Nadav: Names and Narcissistic Injury (Heb.)

Ravit Raufman: The Material and Symbolic Functioning of Israeli Names in Dreams (Heb.)

Lea Baratz: The Political Ideology Speaks Distinctly of Four Different Characters of the Children: Assaf, Nimrod-Avram and Yotam (Heb.)

Session 826 - Jewish Toponymy

Chairperson: Ber Boris Kotlerman

Wednesday (5/8/2009) 17:30 - 19:30     Room: 5818        

Esther Admit: Saloniki and her Names: A Chapter in Hebrew Toponymy from the Beginning of Printing to the 20th Century (Heb.)

Lea Mazor: Making the Wilderness Bloom in Place Names from the First Decade of the Nation (Heb.)

Elinoar Bareket: Biblical Hebrew Names for Settlements, Countries and Ethnic Groups in the Middle Ages (Heb.)

For the full WCJS program and information on registration, please go to:


9. New Publication: Second Edition of _Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World_ (Malka)

From: jeffmalka(at)sephardicgen(dot)com

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 15:15:14 -0400

The following is an announcement of the second edition of my book on Sephardic Genealogy. The publisher's website announcing the second edition is at

Jeff Malka

"SephardicGen Resources" website:

New Publication: New Edition of Jeffrey Malka's _Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World_ (Avotaynu 2009).

_Sephardic Genealogy: Second Edition

Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World_

by Jeffrey S. Malka

            The first edition, which won the "Best Judaica Reference Book" (2002) of Association of Jewish Libraries, has been completely updated and improved. Nearly 100 pages longer, this new edition revises all the chapters to include new information and updates all internet and mail addresses. It adds a new chapter on DNA as well as new chapters on the available resources for the Sephardic communities of Portugal, England, Rhodes, Hamburg-Altona, and Vienna, Austria. There is also a new chapter on how to research the Spanish archives with clues on deciphering old Spanish script. The section on the Internet is fully updated and now includes more than 300 links to sites that have information valuable to Sephardic research. The book even reveals how to access past websites that are no longer available on the web. With its comprehensive indexes-the surname index alone has 3037 names-bibliography, and data-packed appendixes, this is even more the essential book on Sephardic genealogy and should be part of any Jewish genealogy bookshelf. 

7" x 10" 472 pp. hardcover $45.00


            About the Author

            Jeffrey S. Malka, M.D., is author of the award-winning website Resources for Sephardic Genealogy. Asked in 2001 by JewishGen, the Internet site for Jewish genealogy, to develop its SefardSIG section, he created both the SefardSIG and KahalLinks websites, which he continues to develop and enhance. Invited to lecture at the US Library of Congress, multiple genealogy conferences and Jewish genealogy societies in Canada, US, Spain and Turkey, Dr. Malka is author of several articles on Sephardic genealogy in Etsi, the journal of the Sephardi Genealogical and Historical Society, and is author of several chapters in Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy.

            Descended from a long line of Sephardic rabbis, Dr. Malka's grandfather was chief rabbi of Sudan from 1906 to 1949. In researching his own family roots, Dr. Malka has accumulated unique expertise in the resources available to Sephardic genealogists. In Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestry and Their World, he guides the reader through the history of the Sephardim, describes the origins and meanings of common Sephardic family names, and lists genealogical resources available in the many countries that Sephardic Jews inhabited.

            A retired orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Malka, an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic surgery at Georgetown University, was chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.



List of Illustrations xv List of Tables xvii Preface to the Second Edition xviii Preface xix Acknowledgments xxi Overview xxii PART I A LITTLE HISTORY 11. Who Are the Sephardim? 32. Brief History of the Jews of Spain and Portugal 9 Early Jewish Presence in Spain 9 Early History (to 711 C.E.) 12 The Moors (711-1492) 12 The Golden Age (10th-11th Centuries) 17 Christian Spain (12th-15th Centuries) 19 Conversos and Expulsion (12th-15th Centuries) 20 Spanish Inquisition (15th-19th Centuries) 21 Portugal's Expulsion 24 After the 1492 Expulsion 24 Suggested Reading 253. Spanish Diaspora 27 1492 Exodus 28 New Christians or Crypto-Jews? 294. Andalusian-Moroccan Jewish Universe 31 Jewish Presence in Morocco 32 Population Exchanges 34 Linguistic Groups 36 Berbers and Jews 37 Jews of Morocco 38 Foundation of the Golden Age of Spain 395. Jews Under Islamic Rule 41 Islamic View of the World 42 Jews and Moslems 43Jews in The Netherlands 45 Background 45 Brief History 46 Aliases 507. Amazon Journey 51

Indiana Jones Meets Tangier Moshe 51 Migration Patterns 51 The Amazon 52 Family Names 53 Suggested Reading 548. Geonim 55 Babylonia 55 Geniza 56 Jewish Babylonia 56 The Exilarch 57 Babylonian Academies 58 The Gaon 599Sephardic Languages 61 Hebrew 61Arabic 64 Judeo-Spanish and Ladino 66 French 71 Berber and Judeo-Berber 7210. Evolution of Sephardic Names 73 Biblical Era 73 Babylonian Era 76 Hellenic Era 77 Roman and Christian Eras 77 Spanish Names 78 Patronymics 80 Jewish Names 80 Individual Names 82 Common Sephardic Naming Conventions 82 Spelling and Acculturation 8311. Sephardic surnames in Iberian Research 85 Sources for Medieval Sephardic Names 86 Research in Spanish Notarial Archives 86 There was no Spain! 87 Spelling, Alphabet and Language 89 Linguistic etymology of names 91 Patronymic variants 91 Translation variants 91 Suggested Reading 93PART II GENEALOGY BASICS 9512. How to Get Started 97 Begin With What You Know 97 Record Your Sources 98 Next Steps 99 How to Interview Effectively 101 Precautions 103 Logs 103 Learn Your History 104 Ethics 104 Suggested Reading 10513. Sephardic Genealogy 106 Resources Common to Sephardim and Ashkenazim 106 Unique Sephardic Resources 10814. DNA and Genealogy 111 The Basics 111 DNA Testing 114 Bottom Line 11915. Organizing and Documenting Records 122 Suggested Filing System for Your Documents 122 Forms and Summary Sheets 123 Documenting Sources 123 Preserving History for Posterity 12516. Computers and the Internet 127 E-mail 127 Newslists 128 Websites 129 Limitations of the Internet 130 Internet Security and Privacy 13017. Genealogy Software 131 Genealogy Programs 132 Reviews of Software Programs 13418. Calendars and Date Conversions 135 Calendars 135 Conversion Tools 13719. Periodicals 139 Genealogy Periodicals 139 Academic Periodicals on Sephardim 140 General Sephardic Periodicals 141PART III COUNTRY RESOURCES 14320. Algeria 145 Archives 145 Naturalization Applications 147 Jewish Cemeteries 148 Place Names 148 Suggested Reading 15021. Austria 152 Genealogical Resources 153 Civil Records 154 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 154 Suggested Reading 15422. Balkans 155 Bulgaria 155 Genealogical Resources 157 Oral History 158 Yugoslavia 158 Genealogical Resources 159 Oral History 161 Suggested Reading 16123. Caribbean 166 Curaçao, St. Eustatia and St. Maarten 166 Jamaica 168 St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Nevis 168 Suggested Reading 17024. Egypt 173 History 173 Jewish Records 177 Jewish Communities in Small Towns of Egypt 180 Library of Jewish Heritage in Egypt 180 Cemeteries 180 Egyptian Civil Records 181 Montefiore Censuses 181 Egyptian Diaspora 182 Sources Outside Egypt 182 Internet Resources 182 Suggested Reading 18325. England 185 Jewish Records 186 Civil Records and Naturalizations 187 Wills 188 Census Records 188 LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints) 189 Suggested Reading 18926. Germany: Hamburg/Altona 191 Elsewhere in Germany 192 Archival Resources 192 Suggested Reading 19327. Iran (Persia) 195 Genealogical Resources 198 Suggested Reading 19828. Iraq 200 History 200 Far-East Interlude 201 Genealogical Resources 201 Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center - Or Yehuda 202 Suggested Reading 20229. Israel 204 Archives and Libraries 204 Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center - Or Yehuda 206 Ottoman Nufus Registers 207 Burial Societies (Hevrot Kadisha) 207 Immigrant and Ethnic associations 207 Agricultural Settlements 208 Other Resources 208 Suggested Reading 20830. Italy 209 History 210 Research Strategies 212 Vital Records 213 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 216 Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center 216 Censuses 216 Jewish Records 217 Notarial Records 217 Other Records 218 Italian Script 218 Websites 218 Suggested Reading 21931. Morocco 229 Moroccan Diaspora 229 Archives 231 Other Foreign Connections 233 U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 234 Vital Records 235 Jewish Community and Records 235 Ketubot 236 Cemeteries 236 Suggested Reading 23632. The Netherlands 243 Records and Archives 243 Resources in The Netherlands 244 Civil Records 245 Jewish Records 245 Websites 250 Israel Resources 250 Suggested Reading 25133. Portugal 253 Jewish Genealogy in Portugal 254 Portuguese Archives 256 Portuguese Inquisition 256 Civil Records 256 Church Records 257 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 257 Suggested Reading 25734. Rhodes 259 Archival Resources 259 Cemeteries 260 SephardicGen databases 260 Suggested Reading 26035. Salonica 262 Synagogues 263 Genealogical Resources 264 Oral History 266 Suggested Reading 26636. South America 268 Argentina 268 Brazil 269 Suggested Reading 27137. Spain 272 Spanish Inquisition 272 Repositories with Inquisition Documents 275 Inquisition in the New World 277 Archivo General de Indias 279 Notarial and Church Archives 280 Catholic Church Records 281 Ministerio de Cultura Identification 281 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) Records 282 Suggested Reading 28238. Sudan 285 Jewish Archives 286 Sudan Jewish Cemetery 287 Suggested reading 28739. Syria 288 History 288 Genealogy Resources 289 Suggested Reading 28940. Tunisia 291 Brief History 291 Grana Community of Tunis 292 Archives 293 Foreign Connections 293 Tunisia 293 Suggested Reading 29441. Turkey and the Ottoman Empire 295 Modern Turkey 295 Ottoman Government 295 Sephardim in Turkey 296 Istanbul 298 Turkish Imperial Archives 299  Research Requirements 300 Turkish Script 300 Turkish Calendar 301 Genealogical Resources 301 Jewish Records 302 Cemeteries 303 Civil Records 304 Salname 304 Oral History 304  Suggested Reading 306  Genealogical Resources 308 Naturalization Records 309 Passenger Ship Records 310 Census Records 311 Jewish Records 311 Significant Dates: 312 Suggested Reading 313PART IV INTERNET 315 Sephardic Websites 317 Sephardic Family Pages 319 Jewish Genealogy Websites - General 322 Jewish Genealogy Blogs 323 Anusim or Crypto-Jews 323 Balkans and Greece 323 Caribbean 325 Egypt 325 France 326 Hamburg, Germany 326 Iraq and Syria 327 Israel 327 Italy 328 Mexico 329 Morocco 329 The Netherlands 330 North Africa 331 Portugal 332 South America 333 Turkey 334 United States 334 Gazetteers 335 People Search Pages 335APPENDIXES 337 Appendix A. Etymology of Selected Sephardic Names 339 Appendix B. Sephardic Cursive Alphabet 347 Appendix C. Arabic Alphabet 350 Appendix D. Sephardic Documents at the Central Archives for the  History of the Jewish People 352 Appendix E. Sephardic Register and Record Books at the Jewish National  and University Library 353 Appendix F. Genealogy Forms 354 Appendix G. Jewish Names in Printed Sources 359 Appendix H. Moslem Calendar 368 Appendix I. Ottoman Records in Israel 369 Appendix J. Inquisition Tribunals in Spain 376 Appendix K. Tombstone Inscriptions from Small Egyptian Towns 377 Appendix L. Surnames & Synagogue Affiliations in 16th-Century Salonica 381 Appendix M. Example: Malka in pre-Expulsion Northern Spain 389Glossary 391Bibliography 394Surname Index 413Index 434


10. Digital Sephardic Reference _Hispania Judaica_ (Wyman)

From: Dan Wyman <dan(at)DANWYMANBOOKS(dot)COM>

via: Joyce Avrech Berkman jberkman(at)history(dot)umass(dot)edu

crossposted from: BOOKLIST(at)SHAMASH(dot)ORG

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:26:38 -0400

Digital Sephardic Reference HISPANIA JUDAICA

Friends and Colleagues,

the Digital Edition of HISPANIA JUDAICA

Eleven monographs and documentary collections on the life of Jews in Spain before, during and after the Expulsion

Regular price of this  collection is $298 (or $558, if all included titles are purchased separately).

Published by Magnes Press, the acclaimed HISPANIA JUDAICA Series is a research project at the Dinur Institute of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Editorial Board: Haim Beinart, Yom Tov Assis, Raquel Ibáñez-Sperber).

Here's what scholars have said about HISPANIA JUDAICA:

"The reconstruction of the history of the Jews during the Middle Ages has come to emphasize increasingly the utilization of archival materials that permit a closer look at the economic and social realities of Jewish life... The Hispania Judaica series... has distinguished itself through the presentation of a series of close studies of medieval Spanish Jewish communities."

--Robert Chazan

New York University

Its aim is the publication of monographs and documentary collections on the history of the Jews in the Iberian peninsula from the earliest times until the end of the Middle Ages.

". . . a rich mine of information for the researcher and all who are interested in Jewish life in medieval Spain."

--Ruth Rigbi

Israel Genealogical Society

Scholars from various countries take part in the preparation of books, in which archival material from Spain and Portugal is collected  and evaluated under the editorial supervision of Hispania Judaica. It is designed to cover methodically all regions of Sepharad. A representative number of communities, major events and various aspects in Judeo-Spanish history and biographies of personalities who played a major role in the life of Hispano-Jewish society are described anew and historically evaluated. These monographs are to serve the future historians of Iberian Jewry.

"[Two Portuguese Exiles in Castile is] a brilliant investigation... Lipiner's contribution to the study of the history of Jews and "conversos" in Portugal and Brazil is inestimable.... innovative approach, elegance of literary style, and meticulous care in researching sources."

--Inazio Steinhardt

Shofar Book Review

Issued in eminently convenient electronic format by Varda Books, each volume of this collection--all books of the series published to date--has been indexed separately to enable a scholar to search and find what he or she is looking for quickly and efficiently.

- All books are in easy-to-read, attractive Scholar PDF format

- All volumes are scanned to match their original printed edition page for page

- Every one possesses a sophisticated navigation system

- TOCs are linked to relevant Chapter openings

- Endnote references are hyper-linked to endnotes and back

- Each Subject Index entry is linked to its corresponding text

- In several volumes, extra care was taken to link Subject Index entries to proper documents regardless of their pages, to make location very easy

- Volumes are searchable individually or collectively in a great variety of ways

- Printing and copying are unrestricted (for personal use only)

- Infinitively expandable

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- Accessible off-line from any Windows PC, Mac, or Linux

- Optional online delivery service for libraries and institutions is available

- Entire collection is downloadable and is also delivered on a courtesy CD-ROM


. Vol. I: J. Régné, History of the Jews in Aragon: Regesta and Documents 1213-

1327 748 pp.

More than 3,500 regesta in French, and original documents mostly from the Archivo General de la Corona de Aragon, in Barcelona, throw light on 114 crucial years of Jewish history in the Aragonese-Catalan region.

. Vol. II: H. Beinart, Trujillo: A Jewish Community in Extremadura on the Eve of the Expulsion from Spain, 384 pp. + 8 plates. Based on documents published for the first time, this book reveals the life and surroundings of a community lulled into a false sense of security and endeavoring to build its life in peace while the war against Granada continues.

. Vol. III: H. Beinart, Conversos on Trial: The Inquisition in Ciudad Real, 352

pp. + 16 plates.

This story is eloquently related on the basis of Inquisition files which depict the Conversos' deep yearning to their Jewish past and the ultimate sacrifice they were prepared to offer for their continued adherence to their ancestral faith.

. Vol. IV: B. Leroy, The Jews of Navarre in the Late Middle Ages, 278 pp.

Based on documents from archives, the book relates various aspects of  Jewish life, the economic activities of the Jews and their work at the service of the Crown in this Christian kingdom.

. Vol. V: A. S. Selke, The Conversos of Majorca: Life and Death in a Crypto-

Jewish Community in XVII Century Spain, 290 pp. This volume focuses for the most part on the Conversos of XVII century Majorca, the so-called Chuetas, a phenomenon without parallel in all of  Spain.

. Vol. VI: Y. T. Assis, The Jews of Santa Coloma de Queralt, 290 pp.

This volume attempts to describe Jewish life in a small community of which little is known, on the basis of notary acts found in local archives.

. Vol. VII: L. Coronas Tejada, Conversos and the Inquisition in Jaén, 279 pp.

This book describes the fate of the Conversos in the Kingdom of Jaén at the hands of the Inquisition Tribunal which operated there for 43 years, from 1483 until 1526.

. Vol. VIII: J. Doñate Sebastià & J. R. Magdalena Nom de Déu, Three Jewish Communities in Medieval Valencia: Castellón de la Plana, Burriana, Villarreal,

343 pp.

The book describes the history of three neighbouring communities in the medieval Kingdom of Valencia on the basis of archival material from local archives.

. Vol. IX: J. Hinojosa Montalvo, The Jews of the Kingdom of Valencia, 721 pp.

This book brings to life a comprehensive study of the Jews in this kingdom from the massacres of 1391 to the Expulsion and contains 881 documents found in various archives and published  in part here for the first time.

. Vol. X: E. Lipiner, Two Portuguese Exiles in Castile: Dom David Negro and Dom

Isaac Abravanel, 173 pp.

The book contains more than 30 documents related to Portuguese Jewry in general and David Negro and Isaac Abravanel in particular. The book sheds new light on the life of these important personalities.

. Vol XI: J. L. Lacave, Medieval Ketubot from Sepharad, 268 pp. + 30 plates.

Examination of legal aspects and historic significance of the thirty ketubot (marriage contracts) from various medieval Hispanic kingdoms and their detailed comparison. The book presents illustrations of the ketubot, some handsomely decorated.

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11. Death of Dr. Gary Tobin (Sarna)

From: Jonathan D. Sarna [mailto:sarna(at)brandeis(dot)edu]

via: "Mendelsohn, Adam D" <MendelsohnA(at)COFC(dot)EDU>

Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 13:27:04 -0400

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Readers may be interested in Dr. Tobin’s pathbreaking demographic research on non-Ashkenazic Jews in the United States. See, in particular, his co-authored book, _In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People_ (San Francisco: The Institute for Jewish & Community Research, 2005.)]

H-Judaic mourns the untimely passing of Dr. Gary Tobin, President of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research in San Francisco. Dr. Tobin published numerous books and articles on diverse aspects of Jewish communal life, and was a widely-quoted figure on the American Jewish scene.  His death was noted by the JTA, as follows:

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Gary Tobin, a prominent Jewish researcher who challenged conventional Jewish wisdom, has died.

Tobin, the president of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research in San Francisco, died late Monday following a long illness. He was 59.

Tobin, who was known for his provocative research, urged the community to be more open to converts, arguing that it was a viable way to grow Jewish numbers. He also was a fierce critic of the National Jewish Population Survey, claiming that its methodology was flawed and that it had under-counted American Jews by more than 1 million.

His work also addressed Jewish philanthropy and community diversity.

"Gary was a visionary about the Jewish community," said Leonard Saxe, a professor at Brandeis University who succeeded Tobin as director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies there. "He identified problems and issues in the community and often developed these really creative analyses, whether it was about the role of synagogues or the makeup of communities and more recently about philanthropy."

The funeral was scheduled for Thursday. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Tobin family.

Jonathan D. Sarna

Chair, H-Judaic


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