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Call for papers - The Future of Holocaust Testimonies V, 11-13 March 2019, Akko, Israel

The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, announce the fifth international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on The Future of

Obituary: Dr David S. Ariel

H-Juaic mourns the untimely passing, from an apparent heart attack, of Dr David S. Ariel (1949-2018), president of Ariel Learning, past president of the Oxford Center of Hebrew and Israel Studies, and past president of Siegal College in Cleveland.  Dr. Ariel was trained at the Hebrew University and Brandeis, and was especially interested in Kabbalah and in adult Jewish education. His books include WHAT DO JEWS BELIEVE;. THE MYSTIC QUEST IN JUDAISM, SPIRITUAL JUDAISM, and more. He was an enormously popular teacher in Boston's Me'ah program, and in other adult learning settings.

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

For examples in the biblical corpus, consider Joseph and Esther in the Imperial court.
See my chapter, "'Passing Strange': Gender Crossing in the Story of Joseph and Esther"
in, "The Female Ruse: Women's Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible" (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press 2015), 198-230.
This is an intersectional analysis of gender/Jewish identity (or "Hebrew" identity) as it crosses power lines.
Rachel Adelman

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

For the question of S. J. Crasnow experiences of "passing" or not passing as gentile –

See Jonathan Schorsch, Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century, Leiden 2008, p. 67, regarding communities (like the Spanish- Portuguese community in Amsterdam) who forbade passing as a Christian in the Iberian Catholic lands in 1644, and that Between 1645 and 1725, 80 persons were so punished for these transgressions (And see also p. 63 regarding passing as an ‘old Christian’).