Author Archive of Lynharif

[dis]Place[d]: One-woman show

Saturday 28th December 2019. 6.30pm. Coming all the the way from California, for one night only, Deborah Eliezer acts out the story of her Iraqi-Jewish father. It was not until Eliezer’s father had begun his descent into dementia that she began to piece together his past – a Jew, born in once-cosmopolitan Iraq, member of the Zionist underground in the aftermath of World War II, a fugitive to America. In the process, Eliezer comes to a fuller

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Harif at Limmud

Monday 23 December 2019. At this year's Limmud Festival in Birmingham, Lyn Julius of Harif will  present two sessions: Why did Jews leave Arab countries? The case of Morocco - Monday 10:45-11:45 Were Jews pushed out of Arab countries or pulled into Israel by the lure of Zionism? Controversy still reigns over the flight of the Jewish communities of the Arab and Muslim world after 1948. Lyn Julius will address common myths with particular emphasis

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Baghdadi Jews in India

Wednesday 18 December, 7:30 pm. This important book, published in July 2019 by Routledge, will have its UK launch in the presence of  its editor, Shalva Weil from Israel. With Dr Sara Manasseh, author of a chapter on music. Other chapters cover schools, institutions and culture. The book explains how Baghdadis in India managed to maintain their communities and retain multiple identities in a stratified and complex society. How did the Baghdadis

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Funky Dervish

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Mizrachi Music Evening with Eastern Beats

Motsei Shabbat, 30 November: An Evening of Mizrachi Music with oriental band Eastern Beats, to mark the 6th Memorial Day for Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Dress in Middle Eastern style to party along to the music. Canape reception 7.30 pm. Concert 8.pm. Lauderdale Road Synagogue, W9. £15 (early bird). Booking.

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Jews of the Middle East at Middle Street

Sunday 10 November. Sephardi evening at Middle St Synagogue, Brighton. Talk by Lyn Julius at 6 pm to explain the Jewish refugees of the Middle East exhibition in the Ladies' Gallery. Then we cross the road for a Sephardi extravaganza including Henna tent, costumes and refreshments. Ends 10:30 pm.

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The changing image of the Jew in Egyptian Cinema and TV

Sunday 3 November 2019, 17:00. Despite being a small and now almost extinct minority in Egypt, Jews have been always present on the Egyptian screen (actress Leila Mourad and others) or behind it (director Togo Mizrahi). Our speaker will trace the evolution of the image of Jews in Egyptian Cinema and TV, from being an ethnic group with funny accents to spies and members of the Israeli army. What effect has the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the

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Zim and Zam Jews: a talk by Saul Zadka

Wed 11 September 2019, 7:30 pm. Fascinating talk by our popular and intrepid speaker Dr Saul Zadka, about his trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. In Zimbabwe Saul met Jews who were born in Rhodesia, living at an old age home in the town of Bulawayo. In Harare he visited the glorious Sephardi synagogue. But the highlight of his trip was on the outskirts of the capital where he met the leader of the Lemba Black Jews. Spiro Ark/Harif. HGSS, Norrice

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Clash of Cultures?

Monday 9 September 2019, 8:00 pm. Michelle Huberman shares her Jewish perspective of living for four weeks weeks in Fez, Morocco during Ramadan. A colourful talk and slideshow followed by Q&A. Admission free (donations welcome) but registration essential at info@harif.org. NW11 venue. 

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Who owns the Middle East’s Jewish heritage?

Sun 8 September 2019, 11 am, part of B'nai B'rith Heritage Days. With the exodus of 99 percent of the Middle East's Jewish population, the thorny question remains: what happens to the communal property they left behind? Community registers in Egypt. Torah scrolls in Yemen. The tug-of-war over the Iraqi-Jewish archive, now in the US but claimed by Iraq. Who owns the heritage of now-defunct Jewish communities in Arab countries? Is it the exiled Jews?

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Harif at Islington Big Jewish Summer Fete

Sunday 30 June, 2 - 5 pm, Highbury Fields, Islington. HARIF is delighted to be taking part in the Islington BIG JEWISH SUMMER FETE and will be bringing a Middle Eastern flavour to this fun festival! Come and admire the exotic Henna tent designed and furnished by Harif creative director Michelle Huberman. See our exhibition and learn all about this unique pre-nuptial ceremony. (VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you can spare an hour of your time to help Michelle

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Who owns Jewish Heritage in the Middle East?

Wed 15 May 2019. 7:30 pm With the exodus of 99 percent of the Middle East's Jewish population, the thorny question remains: what happens to the communal property they left behind? Community registers in Egypt. Torah scrolls in Yemen. The tug-of-war over the Iraqi-Jewish archive, now in the US but claimed by Iraq. Who owns the heritage of now-defunct Jewish communities in Arab countries? Is it the exiled Jews? Or is it part of a country's national

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