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AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus


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.

Thanks to sponsorship from the College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, the rate for the 2022 Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Lunch is $20 ($30 for non-AJS members) for the first 60 guests. After the 60 sponsored lunches are sold, the rate for the Sephardi/Mizrahi lunch will be $48 ($58 for non-AJS members). Conference attendees may also attend the meeting only, following the lunch, at no charge.

Please sign up for the lunch and/or RSVP for the meeting through the AJS 2022 Conference registration form.

For further information about the Sephardi/Mizrachi Caucus and its annual meeting, please contact:

Yaron Ayalon (College of Charleston)

Devi Mays (University of Michigan)