Jane Gerber

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Jane S. Gerber
Born1938 (age 80–81)
Alma materWellesley College (BA)
Harvard University (MA)
Columbia University (PhD)
OccupationHistorian, Researcher, and Professor

Jane S. Gerber (1938) is a professor of Jewish history and director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the City University of New York.

Life and education[edit]

Gerber, né Jane Satlow was born in 1938 to Israeli mother Elise Kliegman and father David Satlow. Growing up in an observant family, she and her two sisters attended The Center Academy at the Brooklyn Jewish Center. In 1959, she finished highschool and enrolled at Wellesley College studying the works of French novelsit, Marcel Proust.[1]

After receiving her undergraduate education, she continued on at Harvard University where she began to study the relationship between Jewish and Islamic history. Here, she would meet her future husband, Roger A. Gerber. She and Gerber would move to New York and marry in 1965.[2] In New York, Gerber would continue her work on Jewish-Islamic History at Columbia University where she would earn her Ph.D. on the interactions between the local population of Fez, Morocco, and the recently immigated Megorashim.[1]

Gerber has one daughter, Dina.[3]

Academic career[edit]

Gerber teaches classes in Classics, History, and Masters level Liberal Studies in the Center for Jewish Studies at the City University of New York, specializing in Sephardic history.[4] She is director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies.[5]

Gerber's books include Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience and Jewish Society in Fez.[6] Gerber served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies from 1981-1983.[7]


  • (1986). "Anti-Semitism and the Muslim World". In History and Hate: The Dimensions of Anti-Semitism, ed. David Berger. Jewish Publications Society. ISBN 0-8276-0267-7
  • (1994) The beginnings of Jewish life in Spain are cloaked in myth and legend..." Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience ISBN 0-02-911574-4
  • (1997) Jewish Society in Fez, 1450-1700: Studies in Communal and Economic Life (Studies in Judaism in Modern Times) ISBN 9004058206

Her one-volume history of Sephardic Jews of Spain was described as "excellent" and a reviewer noted her strengths in synthesizing much recent research about this people.[8]


  1. ^ a b Francesconi, Federica; Mirvis, Stanley; Smollett, Brian, eds. (August 20, 2018). From Catalonia to the Caribbean: The Sephardic Orbit from Medieval to Modern Times. BRILL. doi:10.1163/9789004376717. ISBN 9789004376700.
  2. ^ "Miss Jane E. Satlow Becomes Affianced". The New York Times. August 6, 1964. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "WEDDINGS; Dina Gerber, Marshall Huebner". New York Times. September 21, 1992. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Faculty Directory: G". Retrieved May 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Institute for Sephardic Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, City University of New York, 2014, accessed 20 February 2014
  6. ^ amazon.com entry for Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience
  7. ^ "AJS at 40". www.associationforjewishstudies.org. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Renée Levine Melammed, Review: "The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience, by Jane S. Gerber", AJS Review, Vol. 20, No. 1 (1995), pp. 219-222, Published by: Cambridge University Press, accessed 20 February 2014

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