JBuzz News September 25, 2012: Devin Naar: Scholar with New Jersey roots creates digital Ladino library

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Scholar with NJ roots creates digital Ladino library

Source: New Jersey Jewish News, 9-25-12

Devin Naar, assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, surrounded by boxes of source materials for his Sephardic Treasures Project….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 23, 2012: Alan Dershowitz: Israel-backed event highlights Arab-Jewish refugees

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Israel-backed event highlights Arab-Jewish refugees

Source: Washington Times, 9-23-12

Because they had a homeland that would accept them, Israel,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Friday during a symposium at the United Nations headquarters….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 19, 2012: Bernard Lewis Celebration

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Bernard Lewis Celebration

Source: The Jewish Week, 9-19-12

Even though he’s the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton, Lewis donated his magnificent 18,000-volume library to Tel Aviv University….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 14, 2012: Yosef Yerushalmi: Remembrance of Jews’ Past Yosef Yerushalmi’s ‘Zakhor’ Remains as Relevant as Ever

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Remembrance of Jews’ Past

Yosef Yerushalmi’s ‘Zakhor’ Remains as Relevant as Ever

Source: Robert Zaretsky, Forward, 9-14-12

Speak, Memory: One of our most prolific and profound writers on Jewish history, Yosef Yerushalmi died in 2009.

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Speak, Memory:One of our most prolific and profound writers on Jewish history, Yosef Yerushalmi died in 2009.It was 30 years ago that Yosef Yerushalmi’s” Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory” was first published. The shortest book by Yerushalmi, a prolific professor of Jewish history at Columbia University until his death in 2009, it has had the longest reach. The issues raised in the book, Yerushalmi suggested, are not “necessarily confined to Jewish history.”He was right. With the new school year beginning, teachers and parents should recall the reason that a book devoted to “zakhor,” or the Jewish injunction to remember, resonates in fields far beyond Yerushalmi’s original subject.

Yerushalmi’s reflections begin with a paradox: For a people so preoccupied by the past, Jews were remarkably indifferent to history….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 13, 2012: Cesare Colafemmina Expert on Jewish history and culture in southern Italy, dies

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Cesare Colafemmina, expert on Jewish history and culture in southern Italy, dies

Source: JTA, 9-13-12
Italian scholar Cesare Colafemmina, an internationally known pioneer in the study of Jewish history and culture in southern Italy, has died….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 10, 2012: Michael Rosenzweig: Former Jewish History museum leader gets new job at Pardes Institute

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Former Jewish History museum leader gets new job

Source: Bizjournals.com (blog), 9-10-12

The former head of the National Museum of American Jewish History has a new post in Israel. Michael Rosenzweig will be president and CEO of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, he announced in a press release Sunday….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 9, 2012: Sergio DellaPergola: Study: Jewish Population Shrinking Outside Israel

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Study: Jewish Population Shrinking Outside Israel

Source: The Jewish Press, 9-9-12

The global Jewish population grew by more than 88,000 people over the past year, and now stands at 13.75 million, according to a new study published by Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem….READ MORE