Sephardic Journal, the official publication of the International
Society for Sephardic Progress wins the 2004-2005 Fromer Award.
International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) announced
today that it has been awarded the 2004-2005 Fromer Award
for its official publication, the International Sephardic Journal.
The ISFSP is a Jewish organization developed to serve the Sephardic
community-the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal,
North Africa and the Levant who share both common religious and
Fromer Award is an endowed gift housed at the Jewish Community
Foundation of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East
Bay, Oakland, California. It is awarded for projects in the
area of Jewish arts, scholarship or education with potential significant
impact on the Jewish community or Jewish life. The gift was established
in honor of Seymour Fromer, founding executive of the East Bay's
Jewish Education Council and one of the pioneers of East
Bay Jewish communal life.
Alfassa, Executive Director of the ISFSP declared:
"We are truly honored to have earned the distinction of
being awarded the Fromer Award. It's gratifying to know the
International Sephardic Journal has earned the admiration
of the Fromer Fund Committee, we are privileged to have been
selected by such a respected organization."
Glenn Karonsky, Executive Director of the Center for Jewish
Living and Learning and Secretary to the Fromer Fund wished
the ISFSP "continued success" in their future projects,
as did Mr. Seymour Fromer.
International Sephardic Journal is a publication produced
from within the Sephardic community for readers across the globe.
As the only journal of its kind, it strives to promote the study
of Sephardic Jewish history while at the same promoting topics
of interest from contemporary Sephardic life. With only its first
issue appearing in August 2004, the journal is already gathering
praise by its readers; Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Director of
the Kehila Kedosha Janina museum and president of the Association
of Friends of Greek Jewry stated:
by topic and contribution, this Journal is destined to fill
a void in published scholarly research on topics of Sephardic
interest...Each and every article is a treasure, an example
of the specific expertise of the contributor...A remarkable
journal, one that should be on the shelves of every academic
based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization
representing Sephardim internationally. It functions to produce
high quality Jewish educational projects and publications which
will help teach the public about the vibrant Sephardic Jewish
communities, past and present.