Co-organized through the Sephardic Studies Initiative of the University of Washington’s Samuel & Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program and the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, this symposium explores the unique history of Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust.
Although extensive research has been conducted on the Holocaust in recent decades, the experience of Sephardic Jews on the periphery of occupied Europe, along the Mediterranean, and in Vichy-controlled colonies in North Africa has remained relatively unexplored. Understanding the Sephardic experience during the Holocaust forces us to refine our assumptions about its scope and the qualitative differences in the persecution, destruction, resistance, and survival of varied Jewish communities under occupation.
Read more information about the symposium here.
Keynote address by Dr. Aron Rodrigue: “Sephardim, Memory & the Holocaust.”
CALL FOR PAPERS
23rd Annual Conference Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
Colorado Springs, CO
July 28-30, 2013
We invite papers on crypto-Judaism from any discipline (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, music, etc.) and from any geographic location or time period. We also welcome papers on all aspects of the Sephardic experience and that of other communities exhibiting crypto-Jewish phenomena. Papers breaking new ground in research on crypto-Jews in New Mexico and Southern Colorado are particularly welcome. Interested scholars and professionals, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations, or workshops. Conference presentation proposals must include a title, a 200-word abstract, and a brief bio.
Download the complete Call for Papers for more information.
Please send proposals or inquiries to Matthew Warshawsky, International Languages and Cultures, University of Portland (warshaws[at]up.edu)
Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2013
For more information on the society, on this conference, and on past meetings, see http://www.cryptojews.com/.
Rabbi Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uzziel (1880-1953) served as rabbi of Jaffa (and Tel Aviv) from 1912 to 1939, and subsequently as Rishon Le-Zion, Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Mandatory Palestine and (from 1948) of Israel. He was one of the most original and interesting rabbis of the 20th century, and wrote on many aspects of halakha and Jewish thought. In addition, he was active as a public leader, both on the local and the national levels.
Some aspects of his rich and diverse published legacy have attracted scholarly attention, but much more remains to be brought to light, researched and analyzed. With this in mind, we have decided (sixty years after his decease) to convene an academic conference devoted to the halakhic and ideational creativity of Rabbi Uzziel and to his wide ranging activities in the public sphere.
The conference will be held at Bar Ilan University from Sunday evening October 20th 2013 through Tuesday afternoon, October 22nd.
We invite proposals for presentation of original previously unpublished research on all aspects of rabbi Uzziel’s writings and public activities. One-page proposals, including title and brief explication should be sent no later than April 28th 2013 (Lag ba-Omer) to one of the following addresses:
Prof. Zvi Zohar Prof. Elimelech Westreich Prof. Amihai Radzyner
zvi.zohar[at]biu.ac.il westreic[at]post.tau.ac.il amihai.radzyner[at]biu.ac.il
For more information, please download the call for papers.
Inquisitions in Iberia:
200 Years since the Abolition of the Inquisition by the Cortes of Cádiz
This interdisciplinary seminar will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Rehov Ibn Gabirol 14, Jerusalem.
- Hispania Judaica Center
- The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies
- The Ben Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish Communities in the East
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Download the program in Hebrew or English.
(All lectures will be given in Hebrew, unless indicated otherwise)
Rift between oldest synagogue, Jewish congregation
By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press 12/31/12
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —
“A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times that is worth millions has led to dueling lawsuits between leaders of the nation’s first Jewish congregation and the nation’s oldest synagogue…”