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2,000 Years of Jewish Life in Morocco: An Epic Journey
A year-long series of programs made possible through the generous support of the
Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation
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October 14, 2010 at 6:30pm
Created by: Shelomo Alfassa

This exhibition will display the rich Jewish heritage of Morocco through artistically designed panels of non-photo images, historic photos, representations of ephemera including historic documents, ship manifests, rare and old books and other visuals demonstrating the presence and flourishing of Jews in the ancient and modern Kingdom of Morocco.

Reservations requested:  212.294.8350 x.0 or info@americansephardifederation.org

 

Professor Norman Stillman is the Schusterman/Josey Chair in Judaic History and has directed the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma since the program began. He has written many books and articles, ranging from studies of the Jews of Sefrou, a small city in Morocco, to broader studies on North African history and languages. Such work has led to his involvement with INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris. Over the last quarter century, he has focused his scholarship on Jewish-Arab encounters in Arab lands, and he is currently finishing a book on Jews in North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has given lectures and conference papers all over the world and is the editor-in-chief of the recently published, five volume reference work, comprised of over 2,500 entries titled Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World.  He received the Distinguished Humanist Award for the year 2000 from Ohio State University. Professor Stillman received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jewish Song and Prayer of Aleppo
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October 21, 2010 at 6:30pm

$10 at the door/ $5 for ASF members. 
Reservations requested:  212.294.8350 x.0 or
info@americansephardifederation.org

The liturgy of the Syrian Jewish community synthesizes the maqam music of their Arab neighbors with their own Hebrew poetry and prayers.  Mark Kligman, PhD, Professor of Jewish Musicology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York will trace the development of this music which he explores in his book Maqam and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn. Isaac Cabasso, Cantor of Congregation Beth Torah, a Syrian synagogue in Brooklyn, NY, will lend his 50 years of experience in Syrian Hazzanut to the conversation, and perform excerpts of the prayers in various maqamot. Musical accompaniment on the oud will be performed by
Victor Esses
, Cantor of Sephardic Synagogue.

 
 
 
 
   
 
 

 


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