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Sephardi-Mizrachi conference, Nov. 16-18

“Integrating Sephardi & Mizrachi Studies: Research and Practice” is a major conference to take place in Los Angeles, November 16, 17 and 18 at several city venues, sponsored by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

While this field has significantly increased in recent decades, it has not integrated the diversity of contemporary Jewish experience.

The conference event will demonstrate today’s Sephardic studies, provide scholarly research and models of integration for teachers. Public programs feature scholars and members of the Los Angeles Jewish Community.

Activities include lectures, panels, lunch, reception, concert.

I’m especially delighted that Divahn – headed by cousin Galeet Dardashti – will perform with Galeet’s father, Hazzan Farid Dardashti in a “Jewish Voices of the East” concert at 7pm, Sunday evening, November 16. See below for details.

The event is sponsored by The Maurice Amado Foundation in conjunction with UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Programs will take place at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Stephen S. Wise Temple, USC’s Davidson Executive Conference Center, HUC-JIR, Sinai Temple, UCLA’s Royce Hall and UCLA Hillel.

Sunday, November 16

Who are the Sephardim and How Have They Been Studied


Panel: Intellectual Issues of Sephardim/Mizrachim Today


An Assessment of Sephardic Studies

7pm, Concert

Jewish Voices of the East: Divahn and Hazzan Farid Dardashti

Monday, November 17, USC

Sephardic Cultural Studies Today


Sephardi/Mizrachi Cultural Interaction

10:45 am-12:15pm

Distinctness in Sephardi/Mizrachi Jewish Languages

12:30-2pm (HUC-JIR near USC)

Speaker and art exhibit


The Diversity of Sephardi/Mizrachi Culture


Rise of the Persian Jewish Community in Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 18,UCLA

Promised Lands? Israel, America, Los Angeles


Where are the Sephardi/Mizrachi Jews?


Sephardic Jews in Los Angeles


“Future Directions.” Lunch/Discussion Panel


Centropa Exhibition: “Witness to a Sephardic Century: Images of a World Destroyed”

Registration required by October 31. Full conference, $150; One day (include’s evening session), $65; Sunday evening, $25; Monday evening, $15; Students should email here.

An excellent guide to Sephardic Internet resources is here.

Read the conference brochure here. For expanded details, click here.


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