Monthly Archives: February 2016

Carvalho’s Journey at the AJHS

The American Jewish Historical Society will be screening Carvalho’s Journey, which tells the story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist, and pioneer in American … Continue reading

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National Geographic did a nice report on Jews in Bukhara today, “Bukhara Jews Thrive in New York but Are Almost¬†Gone in Bukhara.” Thanks to Ron for the tip.

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Updated Syllabus, February 22

Please see here for the revised syllabus.

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Rupture and Reconstruction

In class I mentioned an article by Haim Soloveitchik, “Rupture and Reconstruction.” It’s linked here. Soloveitchik considers the flattening of local tradition as a result of a more globalized Judaism, and the function of modernity and modern communication in this … Continue reading

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Two articles on contemporary Bukharan Jewish issues

Kirk Semple, “Questions of Size and Taste for Queens Houses,” NY Times, July 2008 Shira¬†Schoenberg, “Not your Typical Hyphenated-American: Young Bukharian Jews Struggle with their American Jewish Identity,” PresentTenseMagazine.org, April 2006

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Amendment to Grading Breakdown

Grades amendment

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“Jewish” and “Diaspora” Word Clouds

…and on the first day, the class created word clouds. The task: free-associate with “Jewish” and “diaspora.” Results below. We’ll see what the cloud look like on the last day.   and here are our clouds from the end of … Continue reading

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