Professor Jane S. Gerber is director of CUNY's Institute for Sephardic Studies.
The institute is devoted to research, special projects and curriculum development on the civilization of the Jews of Spain and the Middle East. It offers public lectures and teacher training workshops and encourages the study of the Sephardic experience in the doctoral programs at the Graduate Center. Its oral history collection explores the experience of Sephardic Jewish immigrants to the United States. Among its ongoing projects is the development of education modules to integrate the Sephardic experience in teaching Jewish History.
Among the programs:
“The Distant Dove: Pilgrimage Poems by Judah Halevi,” with Raymond Scheindlin, Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature and Director, Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry, Jewish Theological Seminary
“My Soul Departed Spain for Zion,” with Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
“The Jews of al-Andalus: The Last Phase,” with David Wasserstein, Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
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