Author Archive of Lynharif

Reviving Jewish Cape Verde

Tuesday 9 February, 7:30 pm Uk Time. Cape Verde is a group of islands off the coast of Africa. Jews fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition settled there. In the 19th century they were joined by Jews from Morocco. Carol Castiel of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project will tell us what is being done to preserve the memory of the community and revive Jewish life.

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Smouha City Saga

Tuesday 2 February, 7:30 pm UK time. In 1917, Baghdad-born Joseph Smouha visited Alexandria, Egypt and spotted the potential for development in the marshland flanking the city. The result was the Smouha garden City. Richard Smouha, Joseph's grandson, will tell the remarkable story of how Smouha City was built - and lost.

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The Farhis of Damascus

Tuesday 26 January 2021. 7:30 pm UK. Migrating from 13th century France, the Farhi family had, by the 20th century, settled all over the Levant. In Damascus they were called 'the real rulers of Syria' and in the 18th century included the illustrious Haim Farhi, whose murder was avenged by his brothers. Their descendant Alain Farhi will tell the dynasty's remarkable story.

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Between Two Worlds

Monday 18 January,7:00 pm UK time/ 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET/ 8:00 pm Europe/ 9:00 pm Israel. A conversation between two writers - Ayelet Tsabari and Gila Green - about their work, their Yemenite roots, Israeli identity and connections to Canada. Ayelet Tsabari's latest book is 'The Art of Leaving'. Gila Green is the author of 'White Zion'.

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Escape from Iraq

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 7pm UK time. This year marks 50 years since some 2,000 Iraqi Jews were smuggled out of Iraq through Kurdistan and over the border into Iran. Chairman of the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq in Israel, David Khedher Basson, who has been collecting testimonies, will give the post-1967 historical background and chair a panel of five escapees, each having taken a different route : Joseph Sheena, Maurice Shohet, Nazar

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Remembering the Forgotten

Tuesday 5 JANUARY 2021. 8:00 pm UK time/ 12:00 am PT/ 3:00 pm ET/ 9:00 pm Europe/ 10:00 pm Israel 7 am Australia.Born in Alexandria, Egypt, artist Camille Fox was forced to leave with her family for Israel, moving on to Australia. Reconstituting scenes from her own and her family's memories, Camille has made the golden era of Egypt and the Jewish exodus her life's work. She will join us from Sydney, Australia to talk about her career. Video recording

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Bringing an antique Syrian synagogue back to life

Tuesday 22 December, 7:30 pm UK.The 4th century CE synagogue of Apamea in Syria remained unknown until site excavations in 1934. Roman tolernace turned into Byzantine intolerance when it was intentionally destroyed and its mosaic floor divided up between Damascus and Brussels. Archaeologist and anthropologist Adam Blitz, an expert on late antique diaspora synagogues, has managed to piece together the beautiful mosaic floor using digital technology.

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Jews of Tunisia (in French)

Tuesday 15 December, 7:30 pm UK time/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel Author and expert on Tunisian Jewry Bernard Allali will take us through its long history, from antique synagogues to the present. What is being done to preserve the memory of this ancient community? (in French). Recording here

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Sir Victor Sassoon of Shanghai

Tuesday 8 December. 7:30 pm UK time/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel Maisie Meyer returns to tell the story of the fascinating scion of an aristocratic Baghdadi family - Sir Victor Sassoon. Dashing, daredevil and debonaire, he made Shanghai in China the headquarters of his business empire. Recording here.

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Commemoration of the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran

Tuesday 1 December, 7 - 8pm. The '30 November' Commemoration of the Jewish Exodus from Arab countries and Iran will be marked by a ZOOM panel discussion with senior rabbi in the UAE rabbi Elie Abadie, journalist Ben Dror Yemini and BoD VP and ex-Iraqi-Jewish refugee Edwin Shuker. Introduced by Israel ambassador to the UK Tsipi Hotovely. BOARD OF DEPUTIES/ HARIF/ ISRAEL EMBASSY. Recording here.

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160 years of the Alliance Israelite Universelle – JW3 virtual event

Wednesday 25 November 2020. JW3/Harif. One hundred and sixty years ago, the Alliance IsraƩlite Universelle (AIU) brought about tremendous change in the Jewish world. The AIU's network of 280 modern Jewish schools in the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa, education for women, institutions for training teachers and community leaders, and the establishment of Mikve Israel agricultural college - created a new class of educated Jews. How has

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The power of music in Jewish Morocco

Tuesday 17 November, 7:30 pm UK time. Jewish communities have lived in Morocco for over two millennia. During that time, music has played a key social and political role. Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, music researcher at Cambridge University, will tell us how and where Jews make music in Morocco. How have Jews kept their musical traditions in a fast-changing world? Recording here.

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