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EPSTEIN / RECENT LITERATURE ON JEW ISH FOLKLORE
Center of the Hebrew University; ethnographic studies of Jew-
ish communities; collections of ethnopoetry and folk songs; and
studies of Jewish material culture. I t will conclude with a brief
review of recent doctoral dissertations in the field.
ISRAEL FO LKTALE ARCH IVE
The Israel Folktale Archive (IFA) housed in the Eth-
nographical Museum in Haifa has become, since its inception
in the late 1950s, a center for the collection, classification, in-
dexing, and publication of folktales gathered from the various
Jewish ethnic groups currently residing in Israel. W ith the
assistance of professional and amateur folklorists, more than
10,000 folktales have been collected, classified and indexed
to date.
The Archive's annual publication of folktales limited either
to the repertory of a single narrator or community, or including
materials collected from several communities, has advanced the
study of Jewish Folklore. Since 1961, such annual collections
have been issued under the editorship of Dov Noy. So far, tales
collected from more than twenty-two Near Eastern communities
scattered over a vast territory, from Morocco to India and in-
eluding Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Buchara,
Kurdistan, Persia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Morocco, Tunisia and
Lybia, have been published. Also represented are the East Euro-
pean communities of Poland, Russia and Hungary. These col-
lections have been edited by various Israeli folklorists, including
Dov Noy, Zipora Kagan, Otto Schnizer, Edna Cheichel, Aliza
Shenhar, Ofra Meir, Moshe Attias, Avigdor Sha’anan, Berl
Raback and Galit Hazan-Rock.
Each collection furnishes bibliographical notes on the in-
formant/narra tor, and classifies the type and motif of each
tale according to the international standard classification of
Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson (A T ) . T he IFA collections
are in Hebrew bu t provide prefaces and summaries of each tale
in English to assist those not fluent in Hebrew who wish to
acquaint themselves with these materials.2
2 On IFA activities see D. Noy, “Collecting Folktales in Israel: Ten Years
of a Project,” in
In the Dispersion,
no. 7 (1967), pp. 151-167. See also
Heda Jason,
Types of Oral Tales in Israel,
part II, Jerusalem, Israel
Ethnographic Society, 1975.