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 Lost Crown film

Thurs 11 June 2020, 7:30 pm. Film, The Lost Crown ( 60 mins -2018) by Avi Dabash, followed by Q&A with Rabbi Joseph Dweck.  For seven centuries, the ancient Jewish community of Aleppo (Syria) has safeguarded a sacred treasure worth millions: the Aleppo Codex. Until one night, riots set the synagogue on fire, and the Crown began its dangerous journey. In 1957, while secretly on its way from Aleppo to the hands of the president of Israel in Jerusalem,

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Oppressed religious minorities of the Middle East

Tuesday 19 May, 6 pm - 8pm. House of Commons Committee Room. B'nai B'rith/ Harif. Launch of report by Jeremy Havardi of B'nai B'rith and Foundation for Religious minorities. Panel discussion featuring minorities, followed by Questions from the floor. More details to come.

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‘Forgiveness’ film

Sunday 17 May 2020, 8:30 pm. Don't miss this hilarious film (104 mins, 2019)  directed by Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon.  'Forgiveness'  takes place during the “Ten Days of Atonement”. During this time, Shaul returns from jail to a broken home, with his wife and daughter struggling to adjust to his return. Nisan, a recent Orthodox Jew feels responsible for Shaul’s misfortune and doesn’t feel that he can continue with his life without receiving

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My four weeks of Ramadan in Morocco

Wednesday 13 May 2020, 7:30 pm. Michelle Huberman , creative director of Harif, shares her Jewish perspective of living for four weeks weeks in Fez, Morocco during Ramadan. A colourful talk and slideshow followed by Q&A. HGSS, Norrice Lea, London N2. Booking: education@spiroark.org or info@harif.org. £10. Tel 0207 794 4655. This is the second in a two-part series on Morocco. The first is on 22 April, 'Why did the Jews of Morocco leave?'

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Why did the Jews leave Morocco?

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 7:30 pm. The exodus from Morocco after Israel was established was not as dramatic as from other Arab countries. Nonetheless only one percent of the Jewish population remains there today. Lyn Julius will give some historical background, touch on the impact of colonial French influence and  examine the myths surrounding the wartime king: did he save the Jews from the Nazis? She will then discuss the run-up to Moroccan independence,

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Behind the Headlines: Iran, Israel and the Jews

Thursday 5 March 2020, 7:30 pm.  Iran is constantly in the news. What are its motivations? Where is it heading?  This is a rare opportunity to hear David Nissan, an expert on Middle East politics based in Israel, give us a clear and objective overview of the situation in Iran, of the Jews still living there and of Israel's role in the breathtaking drama being played out in the Middle East today. Born and bred in Iran, David Nissan has two degrees

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Al-Hurra clip, Nov 2019 : Middle Eastern Jews at Middle St synagogue, Brighton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAMKIdxRPDI&feature=youtu.be

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[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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