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Recent Content

Research Query: Perceptions of Chinese people in Modern Israeli Literature

Research Query: One of my students wants to work on "Perceptions of Chinese people in Modern Israeli Literature"; the student is fluent in Modern Hebrew (and Cantonese). The only mention of China/Chines seems to be in a translation of Yiddish literature into Hebrew. Is there anything  concerning this topic in Israeli literature?

CfP: Journal of the History of Ideas Graduate Symposium (May 2019)

The Journal of the History of Ideas and the University of Pennsylvania invite graduate students to propose papers for this intensive one-day interdisciplinary symposium on “Reception? Challenging and Defending Canons.”

To apply, please email a 500-word paper proposal and CV to blogjhi@gmail.com by January 20. Selected applicants will be notified by early February 2019. Please direct any questions to blogjhi@gmail.com. Reimbursement for some travel expenses will be available.

Re: Research Query: House or institution that takes generations to build can be destroyed in very little time

For the question of Tim Brown: Which sacred Jewish text, if any, speaks of how a house or institution that takes generations to build can be destroyed in very little time. Might the metaphor come from a Jewish proverb? -

CFP: Seeking Articles on Gender, Sexuality, and Judaism (for the journal G'vanim)

The Academy for Jewish Religion is seeking potential articles for the next volume of our journal, G’vanim: The Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion, which will be dedicated to the topic of “Gender, Sexuality, and Judaism.” Contributions may consider the topic from any historical period and from any rigorous methodology. To be considered for publication in this volume, abstracts for articles must be received by December 28, 2018.

PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS in Southern Jewish History and Heritage

Please circulate this announcement widely:

The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) seeks candidates for our summer 2019 internships in the departments of History and Heritage & Interpretation. These are paid positions, ideally for upper-level undergraduates with experience in public history, museums, digital humanities, southern studies, Jewish studies, and/or collections management. A background in Jewish studies is helpful, but by no means required.

TOC: Contemporary Jewry, vol. 38, issue 3

The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of our journal, Contemporary Jewry (volume 38, issue 3).


Harriet Hartman, Editor's Introduction

Maryam Dilmaghani, A Remnant of the Past? Jewish Homeownership Gaps in Montreal and Toronto, from 1971 to 2011

Lilach Lev Ari and Nir Cohen, Acculturation Strategies and Ethnic Identity Among Second-Generation Israeli Migrants in the United States

Re: Research Query: P. Anhalt

For the inquiry of Prof. Paula Eisenstein Baker regarding P. Anhalt –
And her question whether “P. Anhalt” is a name of a person at all –

It seems obvious that it is a name of a person, who wrote the melody of many Hebrew Zionist and Jewish songs. His full name was Pinchas Anhalt. An impressing list of his songs is to be found in this link in the National Library in Israel: