of the International Sephardic Journal
by the Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Rav Isak Haleva
International Sephardic Journal
am very happy and proud to see that you have accomplished
such an important service by gathering Sephardic cultural
should never forget that this culture has contributed
much to Jewish history.
we need to remember these values more than ever and
work hard to pass them into the next generation.
you again and wishing you success,
Chief Rabbi of Turkey
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. Mr. Alfassa has put together a remarkable journal,
one that should be on the shelves of every academic library."
Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Director of the Kehila Kedosha Janina
museum and president of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry.
in this refereed journal are first-rate, well researched, and very
balanced in tone. It is, essentially, the equivalent of a small
book, but not small on quality. It's a welcome and exciting addition
to the world of Sephardic studies, giving us lay people a chance
to contribute when we rise to the occasion with a first-rate product.
So much material on the net these days is so quickly put together,
and often without source information and reliability. Much of it
is first-rate too, but discerning fact from fiction can sometimes
be difficult. This journal, I strongly believe, starts out with
a wonderful imprimatur of reliability."
its geographical scope, it is indeed an international journal that
takes the reader from Spain and Portugal, to Greece, Sarajevo in
Bosnia, Syria, USA, North Africa, Egypt and Eretz Israel all along
its 130 pages. The articles are written by American Jewish scholars
but also by South African, Turkish and Bulgaria ones, a point that
certainly adds to its internationality and to its high level of
research...Especially because the variety of treated communities,
everyone will find something interesting in this journal. Congratulations
to the editorial team and best wishes for a fruitful future!"
A. Tagger, Co-Author of Guide to Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical
Sources in Israel
Journal is a much needed and outstanding project which benefits
all of us who share and love our Sephardic heritage. Mazel Tov to
you and your team. You have excelled far beyond expectations."
Bernardetti Silva Mausenbaum
consider efforts such as yours to be extremely valuable contributions
not only to the body of knowledge related to Sephardic History and
culture, but an important element in the preservation and perpetuation
of the culture."
W. Siman, Director of Education and Past President, Sephardi Federation
of Palm Beach County
areas of Sephardic civilization and culture are represented in the
pithy articles. The black and red color combination is attractive.
The journal's aims are stated, together with publication data and
submission guidelines. All in all, a professional journal filling
a significant gap in its field."
Martin H. Sable, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of Wisconsin