YIVO Institude eliminates entire library staff

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has just eliminated its entire library staff, citing financial constraints. This article in the Forward by Aiden Pink provides more information:  https://forward.com/news/national/438538/yivo-yiddish-library/ 

Concerned parties are asked to read and sign a letter to the YIVO Board calling for “the immediate reinstatement of the library staff, and for more financial transparency, and accountability, to the scholarly community that carries on this work”.

Here is a link to the letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1It_zJlvk2yoGCqRi7UBR8Rei_IEv6Q5X4qWAWL039Mo/edit?fbclid=IwAR2J59SWBAMnQFjrJi4k3lxJcLQNvzy-mnlCqig49pWmCGvSE6nuJuG_6nE

Note that at the top is a link to a brief form to fill out to add your signature. 

Irish Questions and Jewish Questions

Have you read Irish Questions and Jewish Questions by Aidan Beatty and Dan O’Brien? An absorbing read of a collection of essays exploring the parallels of the histories of Jewish and Irish identities. The Irish and the Jews are both peoples whose history is filled with strife and hardship. The book explores how similar struggles were faced by the people of the Emerald Isle and the people of the Torah, and how their cultural identity was shaped by these travails and their answers to them.

Print Copies of the Canadian Jewish Studies Journal

I am writing to update you on some exciting changes we’re making to our scholarly journal Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes. The editorial team has been hard at work transitioning the journal from an annual to a biannual online publication, improving the journal’s webpage, and extending its visibility by making it more findable on several additional high-traffic academic search engines. As voted upon at our AGM last spring, to accomplish this most effectively and to best manage the journal’s limited budget, we will move to a default-online model for journal dissemination. Each calendar year will see the publication of one Archives Matter sub-section, and one Translation sub-section. Articles and Book Reviews will continue to appear in every volume.

Print copies, which will contain two-issues in one binding at the end of every calendar year, will be available for purchase by institutions and readers wishing to have hard copies. ACJS members who wish to order the bound volume will be able to do so for $28, (i.e. $14 for each issue in a given calendar year), at the time they renew their annual membership. 

If you wish to order a print copy of Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes (containing two-issues in one binding), please visit the Journal page on the ACJS website here.

Jody Spiegel

Jody Spiegel is Director of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program at the Azrieli Foundation. After Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a brief career in litigation, Jody joined the Azrieli Foundation at its inception in 2005. Jody has managed the publication and dissemination of 110 Holocaust survivor stories and oversees a team that organizes academic conferences to support scholarly discussion of Holocaust testimony and works with teachers across Canada to help them integrate survivor testimony into their curriculum.

Across Canada and internationally, Jody is a frequent guest speaker and panelist on the role of storytelling, memory and on the future of Holocaust education. Most recently she was a featured panelist in Texas at SXSW2018 SouthBySouthWest conference on Experiential Storytelling and at Yad Vashem’s International Conference for Holocaust Education. She sits on the Education Working Group as part of the Canadian delegation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. 

Jody co-authored the introduction essay to the “1944”: https://cjs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cjs/article/view/40096

From Fragment to Whole

The foreword From Fragment to Whole, written by Arielle Berger and Jody Spiegel, provides the background to how Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung’s 1944 Yiddish manuscript came to the Azrieli Foundation’s publishing program and was given a new life and audience through its transformation into the new 2016 edition, The Vale of Tears.

Arielle Berger is the Managing Editor of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program at the Azrieli Foundation, where she has worked since 2010. She has managed the publication of more than 40 memoirs, including the foundation’s first anthology, an award-winning volume focusing on women’s survival during the Holocaust. Arielle has spoken about editing survivor memoirs and the future of Holocaust testimonies at a variety of events.

You can find the foreword here.

Switzer-Cooperstock Prize in Western Canadian Jewish History For 2020

The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada invites applications for the 2020 Switzer-Cooperstock Prize in Western Canadian Jewish History.  This prize, established by the Switzer family to honour parents and grandparents, will be awarded for a publishable essay on Jewish history in Western Canada with some preference for essays on secular Jewish schools in Western Canada, Jewish settlers, farmers,  and traders in rural areas of Western Canada, and the immigration experience of Jews to Western Canada. Preference will be given to research specific to the Jewish experience in the urban centers and rural communities of the Canadian Prairie Provinces.

To apply or request further information, contact Mr. Stanislao Carbone, Director of Programs and Exhibits, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada; 123 Doncaster Street; Winnipeg Canada , R3N 2B2. Email: scarbone@jhcwc.org.

The Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies Fall Schedule

The Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies presents its Fall 2019 Programs:

September 16:  Professor Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University) spoke on  ” The ‘Crippled ‘ Zionist: Jessie Sampter, Religion, and Disability.” Co-sponsored with the Journal of Religion and Culture.

September 18:  Professor Samuel Kassow (Trinity College) presented the film “Who Will Write Our History” based on his book.  Co-sponsored with the Jewish Public Library and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.

September 19: Professor Samuel Kassow (Trinity College) spoke on “Reportage in the Ghettos:

the writings of Peretz Opoczynski and Joseph Zelkowicz.” Co-sponsored with the Jewish Public Library and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.

October 30: Conference on “Judaism and Gender” Co-sponsored with the Jewish Law Association and the Judaic Studies Program of the Department of Religions and Cultures.

October 31: The 2019 Joseph A. Kagedan-Kage Memorial Lecture: Professor Pierre Anctil of the University of Ottawa will speak on “Exploring the Complexity of Anti-Judaism in French Canadian Catholicism: the case of L’Action catholique newspaper (1931-1939)”

November 14: Le lancement du livre Les Juifs hassidiques de Montréal  en présence des deux directeurs de la publication, Pierre Anctil et Ira Robinson.  Avec le Réseau des études Québécoises à l’université Concordia (RÉQUC).

November 26: A public reading by writer George Ferenczi of his novel in progress, “Circus.”

For further information on the Institute:

email: cjs@alcor.concordia.ca; telephone: 514-848-2424, x2074; 

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CUcdnJewishStudies/

website: http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/research/jewish-studies.html

Call for Papers: ACJS 2020 in Ottawa

This just in! The time has come for the annual call for papers for the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Conference! Mark your calendars, because this year’s conference will be held at the at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, on May 24-26, 2020. This year’s theme? “Canada’s Jews: Maintaining and Constructing Identity in a Multilingual Country.” 

We encourage proposal submissions for paper presentations of 20 minutes in length on any topic relating to Canada’s Jews in both official languages. Paper proposals are due on January 14th, 2020.

For more info on the specific requirements check out the official call for papers: http://acjs-aejc.ca/conference/

Translation of Rabbi Hirschprung in CJS

In 1941, Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung escaped nazi-occupied Poland and eventually arrived to Canada that same year. Just three years after his arrival, Rabbi Hirschprung published a remarkable book in Yiddish called “The Vale of Tears”. Continuing his influence, in 1969, Rabbi Hirschprung became the chief rabbi of Montreal. An excerpt from “The Vale of Tears” was translated by Vivian Felsen and is available in Vol 27 of the Canadian Jewish Studies (CJS) Journal. This book has resonated with many people in quite a profound way. Make sure you give it a read on the online CJS Journal (link below!)

Online Journal: https://cjs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/cjs

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Book Launch in Ottawa: Seymour Mayne

Students, staff, and members of the public are cordially invited to a triple launching of this University of Ottawa special event that is being held at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.

Bridges includes the work of published writers who studied with Seymour Mayne and worked with him over the years at the University of Ottawa.  Cusp: Word Sonnets was recently published  in Saint Petersburg, in a Russian edition, and is for sale at bookstores in the Russian Federation; this collection was originally released in English in 2014 and has now appeared in French, Portuguese, and Spanish editions. Nicola Vulpe, author of Insult to the Brain, served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and is also an alumnus of Seymour Mayne’s creative writing courses.
The launching will take place on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., Library and Archives Canada.   Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow presentations.