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Sephardic Philanthropy and the Origins of a Modern Jewish Nation

A public talk by Matthias Lehmann, Associate Professor of History and Teller Family Chair in Jewish History, UC Irvine

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Royce Hall, Rm 306
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Sephardic Jews have been largely been absent from one of the central chapters of modern Jewish history - the rise of Jewish nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is certainly the case that Zionism as a political movement and a secular, nationalist ideology was largely a product of the European, Ashkenazi experience. Professor Lehmann argues, however, that in the eighteenth century, the traditional Sephardic elites of the Eastern Mediterranean established a new type of relationship linking the Jewish communities of the Diaspora to the Holy Land that was crucial for the subsequent success of modern Zionism.


Matthias Lehmann is a historian of early modern Jewish history with a special interest in the history of the Spanish Jews and the Sephardi Diaspora in the Mediterranean world.  In his first book, Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture (Indiana UP, 2005), he looked at the transformation of Ottoman Jewry in the 19th century through the lens of popularized rabbinic literature written in the vernacular language of the Ottoman Sephardim, Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish.  His current project is tentatively entitled Networks of Beneficence: Rabbinic Emissaries from Palestine and the Making of a Modern Jewish Diaspora.


Pay-per-space parking for Royce Hall can be found in Lot 5 or Lot 4 

Parking Lot 5 (Closest to Royce)- $3/hr or $11/day

From Sunset Blvd., enter north campus at Royce Dr. (between Westwood Plaza and Hilgard Ave.). Proceed straight to Parking Structure 5, and proceed to level 6 for pay-per-space parking.  This pay station accepts cash only.  Cross footbridge on level 4 and follow signs to Royce Hall.

Handicapped parking for Royce Hall is available on level 4 for $4.00, but you must have a parking pass to enter. You may purchase a parking pass for level 4 at the kiosk at Westholme and Hilgard Avenues. The attendant will direct you from there to Parking Structure 5.   

Parking Lot 4 - $3/hr or $11/day

From Sunset Blvd., enter north campus at Westwood Plaza and proceed straight to the underground parking structure. Pay stations will be located on the left-hand side. Lot 4 accepts cash and credit cards. This is the only lot that will accept credit card payments within the proximity of Royce Hall. 



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