H- Judaic mourns the passing of Edna Aizenberg (1945-2018), pioneering scholar of Latin American Jewish literature and emeritus professor at Marymount Manhattan College. Darrell B. Lockhart and Adriana M Brodsky of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) have sent us the following memorial:
We are pained and sorrowed to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Edna Aizenberg, z”l. Edna was one of the original members of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association when it was formed in 1982 and since that time was a stalwart supporter of and contributor to the mission of the association. Together with Raanan Rein, she was the immediate past co-president of LAJSA, leading the organization with dedication and vision. Edna, who received her PhD at Columbia University and taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Marymount Manhattan College, was a brilliant scholar of Latin American Jewish literature; her many publications include Books and Bombs in Buenos Aires: Borges, Gerchunoff, and Argentine-Jewish Writing (2002), On the Edge of the Holocaust: The Shoah in Latin American Literature and Culture (2015), Parricide on the Pampa?: A New Study and Translation of Alberto Gerchunoff’s Los gauchos judíos (2000; 2015), in addition to numerous other publications in the form of edited books and critical articles. She was also a preeminent scholar on the work of Jorge Luis Borges; her publications in this field include The Aleph Weaver: Biblical, Kabbalistic, and Judaic Elements in Borges (1984) and the edited volume of essays Borges and His Successors: The Borgesian Impact on Literature and the Arts (1990). Her significant contributions in these areas, and more, have made a profound impact. She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to influence the work we do in LAJSA for many generations to come. Her work and her presence among us will be sorely missed.
We extend deepest sympathies to her husband and children.