SPAP ALUMNA PUBLISHES BOOK ON JEWISH MUSIC IN AMERICAS

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Amalia Ran, a researcher of Latin American Studies at the University of Tel Aviv and alumna of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park, recently published Mazal Tov Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas (Brill Press, 2016), a collection of essays she co-edited with Moshe Morad, also of the University of Tel Aviv. The book explores the contributions of Jews and Jewishness to popular music in the Americas from an interdisciplinary perspective. Ran is also the author of Made of Shores: Judeo Argentinean Fiction Revisited (Lehigh UP, 2011), and the co-editor of Returning to Babel: Jewish Latin American Experiences, Representations, and Identity (Brill Press, 2011), in addition to numerous articles and translated books. Apart from her academic research, teaching, and translation services, Ran has advocated for Jewish communities in Latin America and around the world and organized many educational programs in Israel and abroad on Jewish and Zionist education.