Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jewish Studies blogs

A recent posting about an issue addressed in a blog had me looking back at some of the Jewish Studies sites I'd encountered. There were enough substantial sites that I thought as sampling would be useful.

Kol Safran קול ספרן
: Comments on books, librarianship, and libraries that don't get the full article treatment

thetakeaway@jtslibrary: answers to questions from The Jewish Theological Seminary's Library reference desk

The Book of Life: a podcast about Jewish people and the books we read

Jewesses With Attitude : Jewish Women's Archive

Jewish Literary Review
: Jewish writing, philosophy, history and law. The site publishes book reviews, snippets of news about Jewish literature and the occasional author interview.

Mixed Multitudes : MyJewishLearning

Jewish Studies Librarian : University of Minnesota

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kat Parra and the Sephardic Music Experience

A special concert of Sephardic music will be presented at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center next Thursday, Nov. 12th. Kat Parra and the Sephardic Music Experience will be presenting a concert in celebration of their new CD, Dos Amantes. This is a CD of entirely Sephardic melodies rearranged for a more modern world music audience. They hope you will join us as we celebrate this beautiful music in Santa Cruz. One of the members of the ensemble, Murray Low, is a music instructor at UCSC

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-2227

Kat Parra: vocals
Murray Low: piano
Masaru Koga: woodwinds
Lila Sklar: violin
Peter Barshay: bass
Katja Cooper: percussion
Paul van Wageningen: drums

Dos Amantes now exclusively available at
Birds in Flight:
Azucar de Amor:

Medieval Jewish History and the New Mediterranean Studies

Fred Astren, Chair of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, holds degrees in Medieval History (Minnesota), Arabic (UC Berkeley), and Near Eastern Studies (UC Berkeley). His interests include minority/sectarian history and sacred history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Among his publications are Karaite Judaism and Historical Understanding (University of South Carolina, 2004), which won an award from the Koret Foundation, and a co-edited volume, Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Interaction, and Communication (Brill, 2000). The present talk is drawn from his book-in-progress on Jews in the early medieval Mediterranean.

November 9, 2009 @ 4 PM

Humanities 1, Room 210

Presented by the Mediterranean Seminar, co-sponsored by Center for Jewish Studies and by Cowell College. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.