CJS series on May 4: Impact of World War I on Ottoman Jewry

Dina Danon
On the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the spring 2017 series of College of Jewish Studies courses will focus on the impact of the war on world Jewry. The first of the three programs in the upcoming series, “The Great War: A Turning Point for World Jewry?” will be held on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The guest speaker will be Dina Danon, assistant professor of Judaic studies at Binghamton University. The title of her talk is “The End of Empire: World War I and its Impact on the Eastern Sephardi Diaspora.” Danon will provide an overview of the impact of World War I on Ottoman Jewry.
Danon’s primary research interests are the Sephardi communities of the eastern Mediterranean. Her doctoral dissertation, “The Transformation of the Jewish Community of Izmir, 1847-1918,” was a recipient of the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Foundation for Jewish Culture. She is currently at work on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation, titled “The Jews of Izmir: A Modern History.” Drawing on previously unexplored Ladino archival material, the book aims to shed light on “a long overlooked” community while, at the same time, arguing for the existence of “a distinct Sephardi encounter with the modern age.”
Her publications include “Mobilizing the Juderia in Service of the City: Shifting Perspectives on Poverty Among the Jews of late Ottoman Izmir” in the International Journal of Turkish Studies, “Abraham Danon, la vie d’un maskil ottoman, 1857-1925,” in the edited book “Itinéraires Sépharades,” and multiple encyclopedia articles on Sephardi Jewry, as well as scholarly translations of Ladino texts. Danon’s teaching interests span the range of Jewish history, with a particular focus on the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities of the Mediterranean.
The College of Jewish Studies programs are open to the entire community; general admission costs $8 per program, or $20 for all three programs; senior admission costs $5 per program or $12 for all three programs. Binghamton University students are welcome to attend for no charge. Individual sponsorship is available and donations are always welcomed. Individual sponsorship of $100 includes admission to both fall and spring programs. For more information on how to become an individual sponsor or to make a donation, contact bingcjs@gmail.com. The College of Jewish Studies is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.
The College of Jewish Studies provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering fall and spring programs. Drawing on local resources and inviting scholars and experts from a range of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors a variety of programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion and politics.
The College of Jewish Studies, founded in 1986, is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Programming for CJS would not be possible without the additional financial support of the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund and the donations of individual sponsors.
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