Author Archive of Lynharif

An Evening with Georges Bensoussan

Thursday 26 November 2020. The French historian Georges Bensoussan is the author of several books, including: Jews from Arab countries: the Great Uprooting. He was also director of the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In 2018 he was embroiled in a controversy over alleged ‘hate-speech’, tried but acquitted.  M Bensoussan will join us from Paris for a memorable event. The evening will be in French. Harif/ Hexagon. More details to come.

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160 years of the Alliance Israelite Universelle

Wednesday 25 November 2020. It is 160 years since the first  Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) school was founded in Tetuan, Morocco. Soon, a network of schools spread throughout the MENA region, giving Jews the skills to survive in the modern era, and educating girls for the first time. Join us for an evening of celebration, attended by AIU representatives from Israel and France. A panel discussion will feature the historian Georges Bensoussan.

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The Aden Jewish Museum – a virtual tour

Date TBC. With Sarah Ansbacher. An 8,000-member Jewish community lived in the British Crown Colony of Aden, at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, until the second half of the 20th century. Join Sarah of the Aden Jewish Heritage Museum in Tel Aviv for a fascinating virtual tour.

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Miss Judy and the rescue of Syrian Jews

Tuesday 28 july, 7:30 pm UK time. Canadian musicologist Judy Feld-Carr became involved in the smuggling and ransoming of Jews from Syria - from the 1970s to 2001. We will be showing a short film telling her remarkable story and there will be an opportunity to ask Judy Feld-Carr herself questions. ZOOM Details to come.

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Jewish Identity, Jewish Diversity – Virtual event

Tuesday 21 July, 7:30 pm UK time. From Uzbekistan to Tunisia, Yemen to the US, India to Russia, renowned photographer Zion Ozeri explores the cross-cultural dimension of contemporary Jewish life, perpetually searching for connections in a world often impacted by exile and loss. ZOOM details to come.

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Treats from Tunisia, virtual event

Tuesday 14 July, 7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. Fabienne Viner-Luzzato was born in Paris of Tunisian parents and now lives in London. A chef, caterer, teacher and food writer, Fabienne will demonstrate two delectable dishes from Tunisia. Cook along with Fabienne or just enjoy the demonstration. Visit her website.Zoom details from info@Harif.org

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How can Mizrahi Voices matter? virtual event

Tuesday 7 July 2020. 7:30 pm UK time. As anti-racism protests sweep the world, Israeli speaker, writer and activist (with Iraqi and Tunisian roots) Hen Mazzig will discuss how Jews fit in - and the challenges of getting the 'Mizrahi narrative' across to young people. ZOOM details to come.

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Tales of Jewish Afghanistan – Virtual event

Tuesday 30 June at 7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel Scholar of Islam Dr Harold Rhode will share memories of his travels to Afghanistan and fascinating facts about its ancient Jewish history. Are some Afghans descended from the lost tribes of Israel? ZOOM details from info@harif.org

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Lucky escape from Libya – Virtual Event

Tuesday 23 June, 7:30 pm UK time / 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel Palazzo Nahum in Tripoli is a monument to one of Libya's leading Jewish families. Lucky Nahum will tell their story of great achievement and personal tragedy. Twelve-year old Lucky himself fled anti-Jewish riots in June 1967 in a hair-raising escape from a Tripoli apartment block. ZOOM details from info@harif.org

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Justice for Jews from Arab Countries – Virtual event

Thursday 18 June. 7 pm UK time. With expert Dr. Stanley Urman, we invite you to join us as we explore the history of efforts to pursue recognition, justice, and redress for former Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Where are we today and where are we going as we work to pursue policy and official recognition for the losses of Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa? JIMENA/ Harif. Dr. Stanley A. Urman is the Executive Vice-President

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Summer flavours of Babylon – virtual cookery demonstration

Tuesday 16 June, 7:30 pm UK time / 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. Join Baghdad-born designer, painter, potter and food writer Linda Dangoor in her cookery demonstration. Her cookbook, entitled Flavours of Babylon, celebrates the flavours and recipes of her Baghdadi heritage. Her website is: www.lindadangoor.com. For Zoom details email info@harif.org. To cook along with Linda you will need the following ingredients: Cucumber and goat cheese

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Lifting the veil on Jewish life in Iran – Virtual event

Tues 9 June 2020.7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. Iranian-American Jewish journalist, speaker and activist Karmel Melamed will offer unique insights into the lives of Jews under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s totalitarian regime today as well as a brief summary of Iranian-Jewish contemporary history. Why do nearly 8,000 Jews still live in Iran? What laws govern their lives? Why is the leadership obsessed with Holocaust

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