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‘Modern Jewish History’

JS Lecture Series – Sylvia Barack Fishman, “Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews”

Oct. 26, 2017—Circles of Jewish Life: Changing Family Formation and Jewish Connectedness among America’s Younger Jews What do we know about younger American Jews and their friends, personal lives, and families? How do they relate to “Jewishness,” and what does it mean...

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Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950

Aug. 22, 2014—By Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein. (Stanford University Press, 2014) This ground-breaking documentary history contains over 150 primary sources originally written in 15 languages by or about Sephardi Jews. Designed for use in the classroom, these documents offer students an intimate view of how Sephardim experienced the major regional and world events of the modern era. They also provide a vivid exploration of the quotidian lives of Sephardi women, men, boys, and girls in the Judeo-Spanish heartland of the Ottoman Balkans and Middle East, as well as the émigré centers which Sephardim settled throughout the twentieth century, including North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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Cohen's New Book Traces 250 Years of Sephardi Life

Aug. 22, 2014—Stanford University Press runs series of blog posts about and excerpted from Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein’s new co-edited volume, Sephardi Lives. To read each of the five entries, follow the links listed below. How Does One Invent...

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Listen and Learn: Ari Joskowicz on Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France

Jul. 15, 2014—Listen to Prof. Ari Joskowicz discuss his book, The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France. Prof. Joskowicz was interviewed by Todd Weir for the podcast series, New Books in Intellectual History, on July 15, 2014. Click here to listen...

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Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era

Jan. 8, 2014—By Julia Phillips Cohen. (Oxford University Press, 2014) The Ottoman-Jewish story has long been told as a romance between Jews and the empire. The prevailing view is that Ottoman Jews were protected and privileged by imperial policies and in return offered their unflagging devotion to the imperial government over many centuries. In this book, Julia Phillips Cohen offers a corrective, arguing that Jewish leaders who promoted this vision were doing so in response to a series of reforms enacted by the nineteenth-century Ottoman state: the new equality they gained came with a new set of expectations. Ottoman subjects were suddenly to become imperial citizens, to consider their neighbors as brothers and their empire as a homeland.

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