Author Archive of Lynharif

160 years of the Alliance Israelite Universelle – JW3 virtual event

Wednesday 25 November 2020. JW3/Harif. One hundred and sixty years ago, the Alliance Israélite 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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Une soirée avec Georges Bensoussan (en français)- virtual event

Tuesday 6 October 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. More details to come.

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The secret Jews of Mashad – virtual event

Tuesday 22 September, 7:30 pm UK/ 2:30 pm ET/ 11:30 PT/ 9;30 pm Israel. In 1839, the Jews of the holy city of Mashad in Persia were forced to convert to Islam. In secret, they tenaciously clung to Judaism. How did they do this? Dr Mehran Levy will present a potted history of the community, while descendants of Mashadi Jews, including Esther Amini, author of the acclaimed memoir Concealed, will discuss how their background has shaped them. Recording

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Jewish divas in Iraq – virtual event

Tues 15 September, 7:30 pm UK time. / 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel. Salima Pasha (Murad) was the doyenne of 20th century Iraqi song. Mas'uda al-Bambayliyyi was the most famous daqqāqa (singer and drummer), performing at family events. Musicologist Dr Sara Manasseh takes a lively look at the legacy of these two professional women musicians. Recording here.

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The Second Exodus from Egypt – Virtual event

Tuesday 8 September, 7 pm UK time. 11 am PT/ 14:00 ET/ 21:00 Israel. Lecturer, sociologist, poet and author Ada Aharoni will tell us about her Egyptian childhood, uprooting and departure for Israel. She will explain how the issue of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries may help bring about peace. This is the objective of IFLAC, an organisation she founded some 20 years ago. Recording here.

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Highlights of the Cairo Geniza – virtual event

Tuesday 25 August, 7:30 pm UK time. Virtual tour of highlights from the world's largest collection of manuscripts from the Cairo Geniza dating back to the time of Maimonides. Head of the Cairo Geniza in Cambridge, Ben Outhwaite, will guide us through some of the most remarkable documents, which tell us not just about Jewish life but the medieval history of the Middle East itself.Recording here.

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The Arabs and the Holocaust – virtual event

Tuesday 18 August, 7:30 pm UK/ 2;30 pm ET/ 11.30 PT/ 9:30 pm Israel The impact of Nazism on the Jewish communities of the Arab world was mitigated by the Allied victory at El-Alamein in 1942, but the ideological impact of Nazism on the Arab world was huge and is with us to this day. Presentation by Lyn Julius of Harif. Recordinbg here.

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La mémoire effacée du monde sépharade – en français

Tuesday 11 August, 7 pm UK time, 2 pm ET, 11 am PT, 8 pm Europe, 9pm Israel. Eminent French sociologist and intellectual, author of numerous books and emeritus professor at the university of Nanterre X,Paris, Shmuel Trigano (Website) will share his thoughts on the Sephardi world, its history and why its memory has been erased. This virtual event will be in French.Recording here. Bibliographie de Shmuel Trigano sur le monde sépharade: Direction de

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The Aden Jewish Museum – a virtual tour

Tuesday 4 August. 1 pm UK time/ 3 pm Israel/ 8am ET. 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. Recording here

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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. Recording here.

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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. Recording here.

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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 delectable dishes from Tunisia. Cook along with Fabienne or just enjoy the demonstration. Visit her website. Recording here. Cook along with Fabienne! Here are the recipes for a Tunisian Kemia feast: Potato salad with cumin

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