Buber Alumna Daphna Oren-Magidor has been awarded a Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship for her project “Sisterhood in Early Modern England”. The project, which will culminate in a book, explores the relationships between adult sisters in the seventeenth century, and the roles they played in creating and maintaining kinship networks.
Just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, the initiative of a Buber Fellow, Ilil Baum, brought together some twenty Ladino speakers to “meet” online and speak, sing, and tell stories in their mother tongue. Ladino, also referred to as Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo, and Spanyolit by its speakers, is an endangered language. According to pessimistic estimates, there are only about 20,000 living competent speakers, and the more optimistic sources believe that there are some 250,000–400,000 speakers, all of whom are Sephardic Jews residing mainly in Israel, the US, and Turkey.
The Buber Society continues to operate during Corona times. To the extent that the circumstances permit, our fellows carry on with their research work and are busy writing their papers and grant-applications; our wonderful staff continues to work from home (to the level permitted by university policies); and we maintain our academic and social activities as a group, even if from a distance. One of the innovations of this time is that we now hold our weekly Kaffeestunden through videoconferencing. In this way, we continue to “see” one another and keep in touch and in solidarity. This has worked really well so far, although we certainly look forward to having cake and pastries in the Mandel Building again.