Queer Languages and Multilingual Prayer - May Events from the Jewish Language Project

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Hannah Pressman

May 9, 2022, 8:02:26 PM5/9/22
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Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to share details about this month's online events from the Jewish Language Project. More information and RSVP are available at https://www.jewishlanguages.org/events.
With best wishes,

1) Sunday May 15, 11:00 am Pacific: Queer Jewish Languages
Co-sponsored with JQT Vancouver. Participants will enjoy a panel discussion on how each of our guests are "queering" their respective Jewish languages, followed by a 20-minute mini-lesson with a guest of their choosing to learn a few queer Jewish terms and/or grammar. Guest panelists will include:
Eyal Rivlin: co-creator of Non Binary Hebrew in Boulder Nesi Altaras: an editor of Turkish Avlaremoz and Ladino revivificationist in Montreal Faith Jones: a librarian, translator, and researcher of Yiddish culture in Vancouver Grace Elizabeth Dy and Ellen Perleberg: co-principal investigators of “Yallah Y’all: The Development and Acceptance of Queer Jewish Language in Seattle” Yosef Jay Nemanpour: a Persian-Iranian research intern at JQ International in Los Angeles Moderated by Carmel Tanaka: Founder & Executive Director of JQT Vancouver

2) Weds. May 25, 10:00 am Pacific: Multilingual Jewish Prayer Throughout History: Performance and Analysis

Co-sponsored with the UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.

Following last year's popular performance/lecture series by Asher Shasho Levy, we present a panel of scholars and musicians discussing and performing Jewish prayer in many languages. Which communities and which individuals recited prayers and other sacred music in languages other than Hebrew? Were these translations of traditional prayers or original compositions? What is the historical process for vernacular prayers becoming sacralized and part of the liturgical canon? What do the rabbis have to say about prayers in the vernacular?

Moderators: Linguist Sarah Bunin Benor and Musicologist Mark Kligman


Musician/researcher Asher Shasho Levy: Contemporary Ladino and Judeo-Arabic

Anthropologist/musician Galeet Dardashti: Modern Persian and Moroccan Arabic
Liturgy scholar Ruth Langer: Ancient Judeo-Aramaic
Linguist Michael Ryzhik: Renaissance Judeo-Italian
Linguist Ora Schwarzwald: Early Modern and Modern Judeo-Spanish

Hannah S. Pressman, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Engagement, The Jewish Language Project
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