The central aim of the Caucus is to promote the integration of academic Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies into general Jewish Studies and other fields outside of Judaic Studies, both in teaching and in scholarship. The Caucus also aims to bring out of isolation scholars working in the fields of Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies.
Founded in 1998 by Professors Aron Rodrigue and Aviva Ben-Ur, the caucus represents the implementation of an idea Professor Rodrigue conceived at the Association for Jewish Studies conference of 1997. The Caucus first met at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in December of 1998, and continues to meet annually at the AJS –usually for lunch on the second day of the Conference. During this meeting, we discuss ideas for the following year's Conference, and present work that is of interest to the group.
The Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Annual Meeting takes place annually during Monday lunchtime at the AJS Conference, following the Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch. The annual meeting is open to all conference attendees.
For further information about the Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus and its annual meeting, please contact:
Yaron Ayalon (College of Charleston)
Devi Mays (University of Michigan)