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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 Lunch takes place annually during Monday lunch at the AJS Conference. The deadline has passed to reserve lunch at the 2019 conference.

The annual meeting of the AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus will take place immediately following the lunch and is open to all conference attendees.

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

Devin Naar (University of Washington)

Adriana Brodsky (St. Mary's College of Maryland)