Sephardic, North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Communities in North America deadline for submission extended

Ira Robinson

The deadline has been extended for scholars interested in participating in an international conference sponsored by the Dahan Centre, Bar-Ilan University, and the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, on the topic:

“Sephardic, North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Communities in North America”

The conference will take place at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, August 23-25, 2015.

Researchers are invited to submit papers related to the conference theme in areas such as:

  • Immigration to North America

Factors encouraging emigration to North America; The process of immigration to North America; Relations between the communities and their home countries.

  • The Communities in North America

Communal organizations, philanthropy, and leadership; Religious organizations and leadership; Youth movements; Status of women; Relations between these communities and other North American Jews and with world Jewry, Zionism, and the State of Israel; Relations with non-Jewish society and politics; Economic development.

  • Education and Culture

Education and Jewish identity; Intellectual, literary and cultural development; Art and artists.

  • Other subjects relevant to the conference theme will be considered.

The edited conference presentations will be published in a forthcoming volume.

Presentations will be accepted in English, French, and Hebrew.  Researchers should prepare an application form (see below) including an abstract of no more than 300 words in length.  This should be attached to an email sent to and received no later than May 31, 2015.

We hope to see you at the conference!

The Academic Committee:

Professor Ira Robinson, Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies, Director, Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Professor Yaron Harel, Chair, the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, and Chair, The Academic Committee, The Aharon and Rachel Dahan Center for Culture, Society and Education in the Sephardic Heritage, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Professor Shimon Sharvit, Rector, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel.

Professor Csaba Nikolenyi, Director, Azrieli Institute for Israel Studies, Concordia University

Prof. Yolande Cohen –  Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM), Présidente de l’Académie des Arts, des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines Société Royale du Canada

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