Sephardic-American Women Bibliography July 1996

Query From Riv-Ellen Prell 09 July 1996

I am teaching a class on American Jewish women. Last year I was uncomfortable about the fact that I had nothing on Sephardic women in the United States. Is anyone aware of any sources on that subject appropriate for undergraduate readings?


Arditti, Rita The Tribe of Dina

Kaplan, Jonathan Two Thousand Books and more: an annotated and selected bibliography of Jewish history and thought (Jerusalum: Magnes Press, Hebrew Univ. ca. 1983 ISBN#9652234443)

Ruud, Inger Marie Women and Judaism: a select annotated bibliography (NY, Garland, 1988, ISBN#0824086899)

Sanua, Marianne "From the Pages of the Victory Bulletin: The Syrian Jews of Brooklyn During World War II" (YIVO Annual, v.19, 1990, pp.283-330)

Other Sources and Contacts:

American Jewish Committee Did Sephardic Oral History Project, in book form and includes many interviews w/both immigrant and American-born women

Arditti, Rita She is on the Union faculty, 82 Richdale Ave, Cambridge,MA 02140 For her phone # e-mail Debra Schultz at

Ben-Ur, Aviva Graduate student at Brandeis University; fluent reader of Ladino. Doing pioneering work in the field. Has translations of the women's columns in "La Vara", a Ladino paper published on the Lower East Side early in the century

Congregation Shearith Israel/The Spanish and Portuguese in New York City...has a bookstore and publishing center. You might call them for sources.

Esses, Diane (Rabbi) c/o Jewish Theology Seminary...recently first Syrian Jewish woman to be ordained there.Has published oral histories and curated an exhibit(for which the catalogue is available) for the Sephardic Center in Brooklyn; also written possibly one-two autobiographical articles in JTS publications.

Sanua, Marianne(Dr.) Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

Book Title: I Remember Rhodes, n.a.

Congregations Sephardic Bikur Holim and Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle...home of one of the most important and best-preserved Spanish Sephardic communities in the U.S....if you can get your hands on Ladino songs and music, with translations for your students, it might be entree into the lives of Spanish Sephardic women. Some of the recordings may still be available and may still be sung among the older women in these congregations.

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