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TALK | Endangered Jewish Languages: Spotlight on Iranian and Bukharian Jews with Sarah Benor and Ruben Shimonov
Over the past two centuries, migrations and other historical events have led to major changes in the linguistic profile of Jewish communities around the world. Yiddish is thriving in Hasidic communities, even as its use is diminishing elsewhere. Several long-standing Jewish languages have become endangered, as they are spoken primarily by older people, including Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Malayalam (Southern India). This talk explains these developments and makes the case for the urgent need for documentation and reclamation, focusing on the Jewish languages of Iranian origin (Judeo-Tajik/Bukharian, Judeo-Tat/Juhuri, Judeo-Isfahani, Judeo-Shirazi, etc.). This program is co-sponsored by 7000 Languages.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.

May 6, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah Bunin Benor
Sarah Bunin Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles). Her books include Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism, Languages in Jewish Communities Past and Present, and Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps. Dr. Benor is founding co-editor of the Journal of Jewish Languages and creator of the Jewish Language Website and the Jewish English Lexicon.
Ruben Shimonov
Born in Uzbekistan, Ruben Shimonov is an educator, community builder, and social entrepreneur with a passion for raising greater awareness of the histories, experiences, and cultures of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. Previously serving as Director of Community Engagement and Education at Queens College Hillel, Ruben is currently the Founding Executive Director of the Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network, as well as the Director of the American Sephardi Federation’s Sephardi House Fellowship for college student leaders.