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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 19.4 (2001) vii-viii

Contributors to this Issue

Gloria J. Ascher is Co-Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at Tufts University, where she also directs the graduate program in German literature and teaches German and Scandinavian literature. She has written and talked on Sefardic music, culture, and folk tradition. She writes poetry and composes songs (words and music) in Judeo- Spanish and performs traditional and original songs in the Sefardic tradition. Her poem "Los anyos son del Dio" appeared in the September 1999 issue of Aki Yerushalayim.

María Esformesis Professor of Spanish Renaissance literature at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a native of the Salonika Jewish community, and has collected oral histories, folktales, ballads, and proverbs from Greek Sefardim living in Greece, Israel, and the United States. She is presently in Greece as a Senior Fulbright Scholar completing her book on the Folklore of the Greek Sefardim. Dr. Esformes has published on the folklore of the Greek Sefardim, and on such writers as Elias Canetti and Albert Cohen.

Matilda Koén-Sarano was born in Milan to a family of Turkish origin. She has pub lished several collections of Sefardic stories in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), Hebrew, and Italian, the last of which is Legends and Moral Tales from the Judeo-Spanish Tradition (in Judeo-Spanish). She has published two musical comedies with music by Haim Tsur, the first of which, Sefardim from Generation to Generation (in Judeo-Spanish), is currently being aired by Kol Israel Radio in Jerusalem. She is now preparing a collection of poetry for publication. Her CD, Nostaljía (Nostalgia) has already been widely diffused. She teaches Judeo-Spanish at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev and is a well-known Judeo-Spanish story-teller throughout the world.

Bruce Mitchellis associated with Wolfson College, Oxford University.

Steven Nadler is Professor of Philosophy and a member of the faculty of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His most recent book, Spinoza: A Life, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999. He is now at work on a book on the immortality of the soul in Judaism and in Spinoza's thought.

Shmuel Refael is Professor of Sefardic Studies, which includes Ladino Language & Literature, at Bar-Ilan University. He has authored two Ladino language manuals in recent years. Primeros Pasos en Judeo-Español, an introductory text book co-authored by Mrs. A. Gattegno, was published in Hebrew in 1995. The Curso Avanzado y Superior en Judeo-Español, a sequel for the more advanced student, appeared three years later in 1998.

Salvador Santa Puche (Yecla, 1971) is Doctor of Spanish Philology, a title which he was awarded for his thesis dealing with Sefardic literary creativity. He has published several studies on Judeo-Spanish literature and linguistics and is the author of a literary textbook, Introducción a la literatura de los judíos sefardíes (1998) as well as Antolojía de poetas sefaradís kontemporáneos (1999). He is currently the director of the "Neveh Shalom" collection of Judeo-Spanish books and was a visiting professor at the University of Tartu, where he taught a course in Judeo-Spanish language and literature during the Spring term of the year 2000.

Haïm Vidal Séphiha is Professor Emeritus in Judeo-Spanish at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (University of Paris), Associate Professor at the Free University of Brussels' Martin Buber Institute, and President of the Vidas Largas Association, among other professional posts. Among his principal publications are: L'agonie des Judéo-Espagnols(1977), Le Ladino, judéo-espagnol calque: structure et évolution d'une langue liturgique (1982) and Le judéo-espagnol (1986).

George Zucker is Professor of Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa. He has compiled the International Directory for Sephardic and Oriental Jewish Studies, translated Sephardim: The Jews from Spain by Paloma Díaz-Mas, and co-edited (with Yedida Stillman) New Horizons in Sephardic Studies.


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