Having devoted an entire issue of the journal (and some overflow into the
following one) to the current state of Yiddish, there was an obvious logic in
attempting to do the same for the state of Ladino. But whereas the sound of
Yiddish, albeit in a vulgarized form, is familiar, and access to texts and
scholars working in the field is relatively easy, Ladino presents an entirely
different set of problems. It has no obvious speakers to promote it today in
Anglo-Saxon countries, and the subject belongs more to the realm of
specialized studies. So the Editorial Board was delighted when Hilary
Pomeroy agreed to help us in suggesting possible contributors. Hilary
Pomeroy teaches courses on the culture and history of Sephardi Jewry in the
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London, and
has chaired the British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies, an international
scholarly resource, since 1995. Once the list began to come together, it became
obvious that it needed particular expertise to edit the issue effectively, and
Hilary generously accepted the invitation to take on this task.
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