|Moshe Bar-Asher, Hebrew University|
|Aharon Maman, Hebrew University||
Aharon Maman (Morocco, 1947) is Bialik Professor of Hebrew, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in Medieval Hebrew and Arabic language and linguistics. He published and edited several books, articles and Genizah documents (Friedberg Genizah Project).
Director of the Jewish Oral Traditions Research Center and the Hebrew Linguistic Literature Project, since 1999, and having fulfilled several academic administrative positions, he is now Head of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies and Vice President of the Academy of Hebrew Language.
He was visiting scholar in the University of London (1985); at JTS and Yeshiva University, NY (1993-94, Fulbright Program); and research fellow at CAJS, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2007).
|Norman Stillman, Oklahoma University|
|Ephraim Hazan, Bar-Ilan University||
Ephraim Hazan was born on the island of Djerba in Tunisia and currently lives in Israel. He is a scholar of the hymns (piyuttim) of the Jews of North Africa and Spain and has written extensively on the subject. Among his works are The Piyuttim of Rabbi Musa Bujnah of Tripoli, 1989 , Tehillah le-David-Poems of David ben Hassin, 1999 and The Hebrew Poetry of North Africa, 1995.
|Shalom Bar-Asher, Lifshitz College||
Married and father to four children and six grandchildren
I was born in a Moroccan Saharan village, Ksar-es-Souk, and grew up with my old grandparents. I had a warm bed and plain meals and went to the synagogue. In this village, I attended a primary school and a Talmud Torah heder, after my immigration to Israel, I attended a public school. Since a very young age I remember being interested in the Jewish Heritage of my family and nation, and curious to learn about the weekly portion read by my father in the synagogue on Shabbat. In my highschool and university studies I acquired knowledge, and was awarded with proper certificates.
Always planted deeply in childhood memories - it was natural to write a Ph.D. Dissertation in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the years 1977-1981 on the topic: The Jewish community in Morocco in the 18th century.
I was a teacher in several universities and colleges in Israel, USA and France.
Last but not least: a huge part of my education and self-development, as well as my ability of thinking and producing, was almost completely autodidactic. I reached this after many years of life experience and maturation.
Today I lecture at various occasions and spend much of my time on writing.
Some of my best articles are the following:
1 "The Jews of North-Africa and the Land of Israel in the 18-19th centuries. The Reversal in Attitude toward Aliyah (immigration) to the Land of Israel, Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), 1986, 297-315.
2. "Antisemitism and Social-Economic Standing: The Jews of Morocco, 1672-1922" in S. Almog (ed.), Hatred of Jews through the Ages, Oxford (Great Britain) 1988, 195-215.
3. Community and Leadership: The Jews of Morocco, 1492-1830, 270 pages (in press)
|Joseph Chetrit, Haifa University||
Joseph Chetrit is Professor emeritus of Linguistics and Socio-Pragmatics at the University of Haifa, Israel, where he was too Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Vice-Rector. His main research concerns Jewish culture in North Africa,
including Jewish languages, Jewish discourse, Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic poetry, music, modernization, proverbs, etc. His recent books are:
- Digossie, Hybridation et Diversité intra-linguistique. Etudes socio-pragmatiques sur les langues juives, le judéo-arabe et le judéo-berbère. Paris - Louvain: Editions Peeters, 2007;
- Linguistic Treasuries and Textures: Socio-Pragmatic Studies in North Africa Judeo-Arabic and Its Hebrew Component: Articles, Poems, Tales and Proverbs. Jerusalem: Mossad Bialik, 2009 (Hebrew).
Prof. J. Chetrit is the head of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture in Spain and Muslim Countries and of the interdisciplinary project Mediterranean Civilizations and Their Significance for Our Times, at the University of Haifa.
|Simone Mrejen-O'hana, CNRS, Paris||
Professor of Hebrew and Jewish civilization, Taught at The Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), The SORBONNE in l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE).
Member of The Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Monothéismes (LEM UMR 8584), Nouvelle Gallia Judaica, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (C.N.R.S.) and Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (E.P.H.E.) and Equipe Europe du Nord, Europe Centrale et Orientale, Cultures Juives d'Europe et de Méditerranée : Histoire et Interculturalité depuis le Moyen Âge, EPHE (EA 4117).
Examples among my list of publications:
* Le Registre d’Élie Crémieux: Ephémérides de la communauté juive de Carpentras (1736-1769), Jérusalem 2009, xxvii+500+58 pp. [in Hebrew, introduction in French] (Published in cooperation with The Bialik Institute, The Ben Zvi Institute and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Center for the Study of Jewish Languages and Literatures).
* “Familles juives en Europe et en Amérique du XVIIIe au XXe siècle”, in Entre héritage et devenir : la construction de la famille juive. Études offertes à Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski, dir. : Patricia Hidiroglou, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2003, p. 329-371.
* “Nos’é ha-tafqidim bi-qehilat Carpentras – birur lešoni”, [The Names of Different Community’s Fonction in Carpentras – Linguistic Analysis], Pe‘amim 113, Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Community in the East, Jérusalem, éd. A. Bar-Levav, 2007, p. 67-98.
* “A propos de l’hébreu dans les ‘quatre saintes communautés’ du Comtat Venaissin et d’Avignon : lexique et grammaire”, Revue des études juives, 167 (1-2), juillet-décembre 2008, p. 121-152.
In preparation :
* A Scientific Edition of Avney Zikharon of Rabbi Yosseph Messas (Morocco)
|Jacob (Yaakov) Bentolila||Professor Yaakov Bentolila was born in Tetuan, Spanish Morocco and currently lives in Israel. He received his Ph.D from the Hebrew University and was a professor in the Department of Hebrew language at Ben-Gurion University. He chaired the department in 1974-75 and 1990-92. He has been a research fellow at the research institute Langues et Civilizations a Traditions Orales, the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard university and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Scientificas in Madrid. He has been a member of the National Academy for the Hebrew language since 2004. His research interests include Hebrew words and elements in the Judeo-Spanish of Morocco, computational treatment of Hebrew texts, and spoken Israeli Hebrew.|
|Yehudit Henshke, Hebrew University||
Yehudit Henskhe teaches in the Department of Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University and chairs the Department of Hebrew at the Efrata Teachers College. She was also a research fellow at the Hebrew University’s Ben-Yehuda Center. Her particular fields of research are Mishnaic Hebrew and the Judeo-languages of North African Jews.
Her book, Hebrew Elements in Daily Speech: A Grammatical Study and Lexicon of the Hebrew Component of Tunisian Judeo-Arabic, appeared in 2007 (Jerusalem: Bialik Institute). She has also published articles on Mishnaic Hebrew and Judeo-languages in both Israeli and non-Israeli academic forums.
At present, she is engaged in a book project that undertakes a comparative examination of the biblical and mishnaic reading traditions of the North African communities. She also continues her ongoing linguistic study of MS Cambridge of the Mishnah.
|Moshe Amar, Ashkelon College||No Picture|
|Andre Azoulay, Counsellor To His Majesty The King, Kingdom of Morocco||Mr. Andre Azoulay has served as Counselor to His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco since 1991. He previously advised Mohammed's father, King Hassan II. Born in Essaouira, Morocco, he was educated in Paris in Economics, International Relations, and Journalism. His professional background includes involvement in regional affairs and banking. Mr. Azoulay is an active participant in Morocco’s financial institutions, including the Board of the Central Bank of Morocco, the Royal Academy of Morocco, and the Royal Academy of Spain for Economy and Finance. Mr. Azoulay has received distinctions including Commander of the Wissam Al Arch (Kingdom of Morocco) and Commander of the Legion d’Honneur (France). Azoulay is president the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, based in Alexandria, Egypt. He is also President of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for the Three Cultures and the Three Religions, based in Seville, Spain.|
|Mohamed Elmedlaoui, Mogador||
Mohamed Elmedlaoui (born at 1949) is a linguist (phonology). He published in Arabic, French or English about a hundred papers on Berber and Semitic linguistics and cultures; among them, a dozen in linguistics with François Dell (CNRS-Paris). He published and nine books including two with F. Dell (Berber phonology, metrics and music). He is a Fulbright alumnus (UMASS Univ. 1990) and a founding member of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association. He had four times a Poste Rouge position as an invited researcher at the CNRS (Paris: 1986, 1991, 1995, and 1999). Before joining the Institut Universitaire de la Recherche Scientifique – Rabat (2006 on), he taught linguistics (1979-1985) and then Hebrew (1986-2001) in the Arabic and Islamic Departments at the Faculty of Letters – Oujda (Morocco), where he served also as a vice dean (1995-1999) before joining the Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe as a ‘Directeur de Recherche’ (2002-2006) in Rabat.
|Ofra TIROSH -BECKER||Dr. Ofra Tirosh-Becker is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Hebrew Language and Jewish Languages at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she heads the program in Jewish Languages and Literatures. She is an advisory member of The Academy of the Hebrew Language, and a co-editor of the academic journal Massorot: Studies in Language Traditions and Jewish Languages. Dr. Tirosh-Becker received her M.A. degree in Jewish Languages & Literatures, and her PhD degree in Hebrew Language, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She did her post-doctorate research as an honorary Starr Fellow at The Center for Jewish Studies of Harvard University, and as an Eliezer Ben Yehuda Fellow at the Hebrew University. Dr. Tirosh-Becker is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, the Rothschild Fellowship, the AAUW International Fellowship and other awards. Her research focuses on the contacts between Hebrew and Arabic in the Middle Ages and in Modern times. Among her research topics are rabbinic Hebrew in Karaite writings, Medieval and Modern Judeo-Arabic translations of the Bible and of post-biblical literature, and North-African Judeo-Arabic dialectology. Her two-volume book Rabbinic Excerpts in Medieval Karaite Literature will appear in print in 2010.|