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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List – November 29, 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, November 29, 2009 (12 Kislev 5770)


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1. Unpublished Dissertation on Ladino Revitalization: “More Than a Language” (Bishop)

2. Faculty Incentive Grants on Sephardic History or Culture (Pinkerson)

3. New Publication: “‘Dibaxu: A Comparative Analysis of Clarisse Nicoïdski’s and Juan Gelman’s Bilingual Poetry” (Balbuena)

4. Seminar: “Anti-Semitism: Realities and Tendencies in Contemporary Spain” (Macias)

5. Conference: "The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean," Kingston, Jamaica, January 2010 (Mirvis)

6. Call for Applications: Jacob R. Marcus Annual Fellowship Program in North American Jewish Studies (Proffitt)

7. Sephardic Hanukah Concert and Reading in Los Angeles (Cohen)

8. Call for Applications: Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program for A.B.D.s (Spielmann)

9. New Publications: Memoirs by Egyptian Jewish Exiles (ASF)

10. Call for Applications: Yad Hanadiv Visiting Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

11. Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (Polonsky)


1. Unpublished Dissertation on Ladino Revitalization: “More Than a Language” (Bishop)

From: Jill Kushner Bishop <jillkbishop(at)gmail(dot)com>

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

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:10:53 -0500

I'm happy to share my unpublished dissertation, /More than a Language, a Travel Agency: Ideology and Performance in the Israeli Judeo-Spanish Revitalization Movement /(UCLA 2004), with anyone who is interested.  Feel free to contact me directly.


Jill Kushner Bishop, PhD


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2. Faculty Incentive Grants on Sephardic History or Culture (Pinkerson)

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

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:28:02 -0500


The Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies at UCLA in conjunction with the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to invite applications for Faculty Incentive Grants that will encourage scholars of any rank to deepen or develop their scholarship and teaching on Sephardic history or culture. Grants may be used to develop or transform a course or to conduct research on or engage in the writing of a scholarly project with significant Sephardic content. Funding will not exceed $5,000 for any single applicant; typical grants will be in the range of $3,000 and are only available to US citizens. The work is expected to be conducted by the end of the 2010-2011 academic year; funds may not be used for the purchase of technology.

Faculty who wish to apply are asked to submit, by February 1, 2010, a cover letter of no more than 750 words detailing the project, its feasibility, and its contribution to the field of Sephardic Studies; a detailed budget; and contact information for two references. Questions may be directed to Mary Pinkerson mpinkers(at) . Notifications will be made by March 29, 2010.

Mary Enid Pinkerson

UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

302 Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA 951485



Email: mpinkers(at)humnet(dot)ucla(dot)edu

Visit the website at


3. New Publication: “‘Dibaxu: A Comparative Analysis of Clarisse Nicoïdski’s and Juan Gelman’s Bilingual Poetry” (Balbuena)

From: Monique Balbuena <balbuena(at)uoregon(dot)edu>

Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 11:01:25 -0800

An article of mine just came out today. Here is the info:

Monique Balbuena, “‘Dibaxu: A Comparative Analysis of Clarisse Nicoïdski’s and Juan Gelman’s Bilingual Poetry” _Romance Studies_ 27: 4 (November, 2009): 283 and 297.

This essay reads Argentine poet Juan Gelman¹s 1994 bilingual Ladino-Castellano book Dibaxu in light of its intertextual relationship with Franco-Bosnian author Clarisse Nicoïdski¹s work, especially her 1986 bilingual Ladino-English poetry collection Lus ojus, las manus, la boca. I return to Gelman’s text, written in a foreign, diasporic, and Jewish language in order to acknowledge Nicoïdski’s work not only as a pre-text, but as a fundamental intertextual source for Dibaxu. In doing so, I observe the different reasons two poets have to use the Ladino language: while Nicoïdski seeks to establish a link with her Sephardic community, Gelman uses the language to escape the limited trappings of a national identity. Both, however, work towards the maintenance, or survival, of Ladino.

keywords Ladino, Poetry, Nicoïdski, Gelman, Sephardic, Diaspora

Monique Rodrigues Balbuena

Assistant Professor of Literature

Clark Honors College

1293 University of Oregon

Eugene OR 97403

Voice: 541 346-2311

Fax: 541 346-0125

[ed: slight edit]


4. Seminar: “Anti-Semitism: Realities and Tendencies in Contemporary Spain” (Macias)

From: Uriel Macias <umk(at)doar(dot)es>

Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:14:38 +0100

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Though the event has passed, readers may be interested in the program and in contacting the speakers for their papers.]


Te adjunto el programa del  II Seminario Internacional sobre Antisemitismo "Realidades y tendencias en la España actual", que tendrá lugar del 18 al 19 de  noviembre de 2009.

Click here for program. Subscribers should visit:


Uriel Macías


5. Conference: "The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean," Kingston, Jamaica, January 2010 (Mirvis)

From: stanleymirvis(at)aol(dot)com

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

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:14:41 -0500

The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean: An International Conference

Kingston Jamaica, January 12-14 2010

"The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean" is an international conference to be held at Kingston, Jamaica's Pegasus Hotel, Tuesday, January 12-Thursday, January 14, 2010. The conference is co-chaired by Jane S. Gerber (professor of Jewish history at the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Ainsley Henriques (Director of the United Congregation of Israelites of Kingston). Our conference coordinator, Stan Mirvis, can be contacted by visiting our website:

We encourage anyone with an interest in the Jewish Caribbean, Sephardic genealogy, general Caribbean/Atlantic history, or just looking for creative vacation opportunities to attend. Advanced registration is now available on our website  Special activities in addition to the conference proceedings are being arranged for those in attendance including "breakfasts with the experts" and Jamaican Jewish heritage tours of Kingston's beautiful Sha'are Shalom Synagogue and Hunt's Bay cemetery with author and local historian Ed Kritzler. The United Congregation of Israelites of Jamaica is organizing additional activities to explore historic and contemporary Jewish Jamaica for those who will be staying in Kingston over the weekend.

Conference Program

Sephardic Trade Networks in the Colonial Caribbean

Chair: Jane S. Gerber

Miriam Bodian (University of Texas)

Gerard Nahon (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris)

Jonathan I. Israel (Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton)

Holly Snyder (Brown University)

Material and Visual Culture of Caribbean Jewry

Chair: Judah Cohen

Rachel Frankel (Architect)

Sharman Kadish (Director, Jewish Heritage, UK; University of


Jackie Ranston (Independent Scholar)

Caribbean Jewish Identity and Heritage: From Conversos to Modern Jews

Chair: Miriam Bodian

Mordechai Arbell (Independent Scholar)

Ronnie Perelis (Yeshiva University)

Hilit Surowitz (University of Florida)

Judah Cohen (University of Indiana)

Blacks and Jews in the English Caribbean

Chair: Eli Faber

James Robertson (University of the West Indies, Mona)

Stan Mirvis (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Swithin Wilmot (University of the West Indies, Mona)

Reassessing the Geographic and Ethnic Definitions of Caribbean Jewry

Chair: Jane S. Gerber

Eli Faber (John Jay College, CUNY)

Matt Goldish (Ohio State University

Dale Rosengarten and Barry Steifel (The College of Charleston)

Joanna Newman (The University of Southampton; The British Library)

The Art of Sephardic Genealogy Workshop

John DeMercado

(Independent Scholar)

Ainsley Henriquis (Director, the United Congregation of Israelites, Kingston)

David Kleiman (President, Heritage Muse inc.)

click here for the flier that will make you want to attend!


6. Call for Applications: Jacob R. Marcus Annual Fellowship Program in North American Jewish Studies (Proffitt)

From: "Proffitt, Kevin" <KProffitt(at)huc(dot)edu>

Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:33:22 -0500

The Marcus Center's Fellowship Program provides recipients with month long fellowships for research and writing at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Fellowship stipends will be sufficient to cover transportation and living expenses while in residence in Cincinnati. Applicants for the Marcus Center Fellowship program must be conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry. Typically, Marcus Center Fellowships will be awarded to post-doctoral candidates, Ph.D. candidates who are completing dissertations, and senior or independent scholars. Applicants must submit a fellowship application (see below) together with a five-page (maximum) research proposal that outlines the scope of their project and lists those collections at the American Jewish Archives that are crucial to their research. Applicants should also submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For graduate and doctoral students, one of these two letters must be from their dissertation advisor.

A fellowship application and full information on the program is available here

<>  or you may request to have an application sent via postal mail. The submission deadline for applications is no later than March 18, 2010. All inquiries and application materials should be forwarded to:

Mr. Kevin Proffitt

The Director of the Fellowship Program

c/o The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

3101 Clifton Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 -2408

(513) 221-7444, ext. 304

Fax: (513) 221-7812


With kind regards and best wishes,

Kevin Proffitt

Senior Archivist for Research and Collections

Director/Fellowship Programs

American Jewish Archives

3101 Clifton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45220

513.221.7444, x3304

[ed: slight edit]


7. Sephardic Hanukah Concert and Reading in Los Angeles (Cohen)

From: "Judith R. Cohen" <judithc(at)yorku(dot)ca>

Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:28:38 -0500

Judith Cohen and Dolores Sloan present a joint programme of music and readings December 19 at 7:30 p.m. for End of Hanukah Sephardic Celebration, a concert of traditional Sephardic and Hanukah music, highlighted by related background facts, legends and folk tales, and  followed by refreshments and festivities.

        Judith, whose home is in Toronto, is an ethnomusicologist and performer, specializing in Judeo-Spanish ("Ladino") Sephardic songs, as well as in medieval and traditional music, including Balkan, Portuguese, Yiddish, and French Canadian, pan-European balladry, and songs from Crypto-Jewish regions of the Portuguese-Spanish border. She accompanies her traditional-style singing on a variety of string and percussion instruments.  Her website can be viewed at

        Dolly (Dolores)is a writer, speaker, and professor, whose book, _The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal_ was published earlier this year.  She spoke in October at the Workmen’s Circle and several years ago presented four salons here on Jewish Women in History.  Judith performed at the Workmen’s Circle several years ago to a standing room audience.  This is their first time bringing their related specialties together for one performance.

        Both concert and festivities are open to all and are cosponsored by The Sephardic Singles Havurah, a social organization of those interested in learning about and preserving Sephardic culture.  Admission for the evening is $10 for members of Arbiter Ring and the Havurah and $15 for others.  For information,  email judithc(at)yorku(dot)ca

Judith Cohen


8. Call for Applications: Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program for A.B.D.s (Spielmann)

From: Diane Spielmann [mailto:dspielmann(at)CJH(dot)org]

via: H-JUDAIC automatic digest system <LISTSERV(at)H-NET(dot)MSU(dot)EDU>

Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 00:03:41 -0500

Guidelines for the 2010 Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program

2010 CJH Fellowship Program: Guidelines for Application

The application deadline for the 2010 CJH Fellowship Program is February 16, 2010.

The Center for Jewish History (CJH) composed of its five partners (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), offers fellowships, that are intended for Ph.D. candidates. The awards support original research at the Center for Jewish History in the field of Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner.

Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $12,500 for a period of one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation (a.b.d.).

It is required that each fellow chosen for the award:

*        Conduct research for the duration of the award at a minimum of 2 days/week in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Please note that the Center reserves the right to withhold stipends from fellows who do not fulfill the attendance commitment.

*        Participate in a Center for Jewish History Seminar and deliver a minimum of one lecture (during or beyond the grant period) based on research at the Center and the collections used; or participate in exhibition planning (for curatorial fellows only).


*        Open to qualified doctoral candidates in accredited institutions.

*        For non-USA citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend (award) and for the required duration of the award.

Requirements for Application

*        Cover letter stating area of interest and knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History.

*        Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience

*        Specific research proposal of no more than three pages, including specific reference to the collections

(<>) and aims for research during the period of the fellowship=20

*        Official graduate school transcript=20

*        Three letters of recommendation, including from the students' academic advisors, which address the significance of the candidate's work for the field as well as the candidate's ability to fulfill the proposed work

The schedule for application is as follows:

*        Receipt of application is due by February 16, 2010=20

*        Committee to review applications by March 15, 2010=20

*        Announcement of grant recipients by April 2010=20

*        Commencement of grant period, August 15 - September 15, 2010=20

*        Conclusion of grant period, June 30, 2010=20

Applications are to be mailed to:

        Diane Spielmann, Ph.D.

        Director of Public Services

        Center for Jewish History

        15 West 16th Street

        New York, NY 10011

        United States of America

        Email: dspielmann(at)cjh(dot)org

Diane Spielmann


9. New Publications: Memoirs by Egyptian Jewish Exiles (ASF)

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

Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:50:07 -0500 (EST)

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: Although the event has passed, the memoirs should be of interest to readers.]

Exiles of the Heart - Thursday, November 19, 6:30pm

Exiles of the Heart: Two Sephardic Women from Egypt Share Their Stories of Loss and Connection

Jews can trace their presence in Egypt back more than 3,000 years. In 1948 there were 80,000 Jews in Egypt; today, less than 100. Jean Naggar's book _Sipping From the Nile: My Exodus From Egypt_ is a fascinating look at a forgotten world. Naggar was born in Alexandria and grew up in Cairo in a world of wealth and sophistication. Having left at the age of 18, her childhood memories open a window into a little-known time and place.

One of New York's leading literary agents with a lifetime of experience encouraging authors, Jean applied pen to paper herself and recorded her memories of an exotic and happy childhood as a young Jewish girl brought up in Egypt and educated in England, whose happy life was torn apart by the Suez crisis of 1956. Jean and her family left Egypt in 1957.

Joyce Zonana's book _Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile's Journey_ is one of seeking memories and constructing identity. She left Cairo with her family at 18 months, following the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Joyce Zonana is an Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.  She has taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of New Orleans, Rowan University, and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous scholarly and literary journals, including Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Signs, Meridians, Victorian Poetry, and the Hudson Review.  She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 6:30pm

at the Center for Jewish History- 15 West 16th Street, New York City


10. Call for Applications: Yad Hanadiv Visiting Fellowships in Jewish Studies (Gafni)

From: isaiah gafni [isaiah(dot)gafni(at)gmail(dot)com]

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

Date:  Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:59:50 -0500


Yad Hanadiv and the Beracha Foundation have established a Visiting Fellowships Program in Jewish Studies. Fellowships are granted each year to scholars of Jewish Studies who hold non-tenured university positions at the time of their application. Fellows will spend the academic year in Israel pursuing their own research while also working with a senior scholar in their field. The fellowship for 2010/2011 will be in the sum of $24,000, with an additional $3,000. for spouse, plus $3,000. per child. Fellows are required to confirm that upon completion of the 2010/2011 academic year they will resume teaching Jewish Studies at a university outside Israel.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 25th December 2009. Application forms and additional information may be obtained from:

Prof. Isaiah Gafni or Ms. Natania Isaak

Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowships

16 ibn Gvirol St., 92430 Jerusalem, ISRAEL

e-mail: natania(at)yadhanadiv(dot)org(dot)il or isaiah(dot)gafni(at)gmail(dot)com

Tel. 972-2-5665107 ext. 310

Isaiah Gafni


11. Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (Polonsky)

From: <polonsky(at)vanleer(dot)org(dot)il>

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

Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 22:18:18 -0500

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute proposes to award two Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships, in any field of the Humanities or Social Sciences, for a period of up to five years, beginning October 1, 2010. The Fellowships offer an annual stipend of $40,000. Yearly renewal of the Fellowships will be contingent upon demonstrated progress in research. Fellows will be expected to work on their research at the Institute for consecutive years during the period of the award.

Although these are postdoctoral fellowships, other candidates may be considered in those fields in which a doctoral degree is not a prerequisite for career progress.

Candidates should submit the following documents in English to polonsky(at)vanleer(dot)org(dot)il: statement of research plans (3-5 pages, with title); summary of your previous research (3 pages); one published article or equivalent unpublished work; curriculum vitae, including list of publications; names and contact information for 3 possible recommendations. Please indicate where you saw this advertisement. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 31, 2010.


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