Author Archive of Lynharif

Official Book launch: ‘Uprooted’ by Lyn Julius

Wednesday 24 January 2018. 8pm. Until the mass exodus of Christians and Yazidis, the post-1948 displacement of more than 850,000 Jewish refugees was the largest population movement of non-Muslims from the Arab Middle East and North Africa, yet the subject is hardly ever discussed. Why is there a conspiracy of silence, what made the Jews leave countries where they had been settled for thousands of years, what became of the majority who settled in

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‘Remember Baghdad’ film

Sunday 3 December 2017, 5 pm. Documentary film by Fiona Murphy. With vivid home movies and archive news footage, eight characters tell their remarkable stories, of fun that was had, and the fear that followed as Iraq laid foundations for decades of unrest. Amid the country’s instability today we follow one Iraqi Jew, Edwin Shuker,  on a journey home, back to Baghdad. Phoenix cinema, East Finchley, N2. Followed by Q&A chaired by Harif with

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Yinon Muallem – Jewish Refugee Day Concert

Saturday 2 December  2017. Doors open 7:30 pm for 8pm. Master percussionist, oudist and vocalist Yinon Muallem combines iconic Jewish melodies with original compositions and arrangements. For this special Funky Dervish performance, Shirley Smart (Cello), Joe Browne (Tenor & Alto Sax), and Vasilis Sarikis (Percussion) will be joining Yinon Muallem to present a night of fusion between instruments, cultures and musical styles. ( See podcast here https://m.mixcloud.com/jewishmusicinstitute/yinon-muallem/) Now

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The Forgotten Refugees

Thursday 30 November, 7:30. To mark the fourth Annual Memorial Day for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries and Iran, Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation is screening 'The Forgotten Refugees', the David project's acclaimed film about the 850,000 Jews forced out of these countries. (50 mins). Free entry. 10 Wootton Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 1PW. BHC/ Harif.To book ring 01202557433 or email info@bhcshul.co.uk

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Night of Fools

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 7.30 for 8pm. UK Premiere. This documentary film (56 mins)  tells the story of "Operation Torch" - the code name for the American landing in French-ruled North Africa, and the central role in it played by the Algerian underground, which was almost entirely made up of Jews. With only 400 volunteers versus the Vichy garrison of 25,000 troops, the underground succeeded in taking control of Algiers for one night, before handing

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An evening about Jewish Pirates

Wednesday 8 November, 8 pm. Whoever heard of Jewish pirates ? Contrary to the Hollywood stereotype, Jews were ambitious adventurers who sought revenge at a time when Spain was a major maritime power, and a safe haven from the Spanish Inquisition for themselves and their families. Join us for an evening about Jewish pirates with a discussion live via Skype with Arnon Schorr and Richard Rasner. The evening will feature a showing ofThe Pirate Captain

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*What is Iraqi-Jewish Arabic?

Wednesday 1 November, 7.30 pm.Eli Timan has spent ten years recording people speaking the Iraqi-Jewish dialect. What makes it different from the language spoken by Muslims in Iraq, and how can we preserve a language that will die out with the last Jews born in Arab countries?  Harif/Spiro Ark. The Stiebel, 10 a Canfield Gardens, NW6. £10. Booking Spiro Ark on 020 7794 4655, education@spiroark.org or info@harif.org (The photo is of a young Iraqi-Jewish

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Sephardi Late Night

Thursday 6 July 2017. Jewish Museum, Albert St, NW1, 6 - 9 pm. Booking £10/ £5 students. Explore the exhibition Sephardi Voices after hours, in our fun and creative late opening in collaboration with Harif. Experience the Moroccan Jewish Henna ceremony with Michelle Huberman Funny Judeo-Arabic expressions and curses, with Lyn Julius and Eli Timan. 7:30 - 8pm. Listen to Sephardi music Try Belly dancing with Frederique Assor And enjoy crafting, talks,

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The End of Iraq’s Jewish Community: From the Farhud to Saddam’s reign of terror

Tuesday 20 June. We will commemorate the demise of the post-1967 Jewish communities of the Arab world, a process which began in Iraq with the 1941 Farhud and ended with hangings and disappearances. Readings, films, and a chance to share experiences. Afternoon Tea. JW3. Further details soon.341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET Box Office: 020 7433 8988

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Aden 1967: How the British rescued the Jews

Monday 5 June 2017, 7:30 pm. Fifty years since the outbreak of the Six-Day war, Nigel Grizzard will revisit the events leading to the demise of the Jewish community of Aden, and the role of the Lancashire Regiment in saving Jews from murderous riots. His illustrated talk is dedicated to Abraham Marks, the headmaster of the Jewish school burnt down in the tumult. Nigel Grizzard is an expert on Yorkshire Jewry and became fascinated with the Jews of

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Jerusalem with a Sephardi twist

Wednesday 24 May 2017. 8pm. On the 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, light refreshments, stories and music to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with a Sephardi twist. With Ruth Corman, author of Unexpected Israel. Harif/Holland Park Synagogue, W11. £8. Booking via PayPal below or ring the synagogue on 0207 603 7961.

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Islam and Nazi Germany’s War

Tuesday 23 May 2017.  8pm.  Lyn Julius of Harif  will take part  in a discussion organised by  Campaign4Truth to examine the role played by Islam in the second world war. In the book 'Islam and Nazi Germany’s War' Dr David Motadel reveals how German troops on the ground in North Africa, the Balkans, and the Eastern front engaged with diverse Muslim populations, including Muslim Roma and Jewish converts to Islam. In the most crucial phase of

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