Author Archive of Lynharif

Baghdadis in Bollywood

Tuesday 4 May, 7:30 pm UK time. Although the smallest of India's minorities, Jews played as important a role in  the world's largest film industry, Bollywood. Almost all of India’s earliest silent movie stars were female Baghdadi Jews: Salochana, Miss Rose, Pramila and Nadira. Our lecturer Kenneth X Robbins is a psychiatrist, collector of south Asian art, and author of Western Jews in India: From the Fifteenth Century to the Present.

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Jews of India

Tuesday 27 April 2021, 7:30 pm UK time. With Maisie Meyer. A virtual tour of India's ancient Jewish communities: Bene Israel and Cochin Jews, Baghdadi Jews in Bombay and Calcutta, and the much smaller groups of Bene Manashe and Bene Ephraim.

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Mogador (Essaouira): a town like no other

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 7 pm UK time. For centuries, the superpowers of the time competed to control Mogador (Essaouira), which became Morocco's leading port. Colonial influence exerted an amazing effect on the Jews: many thrived and benefited from  protection and foreign citizenship. Historian of Moroccan Jewry Sidney Corcos will tell us what made this city unique.

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Roots of tyranny in Iraq

Tuesday 13 April 2021. 7 pm UK time. To mark the  100th anniversary of the foundation of Iraq, Reeva Spector Simon will discuss how militarism, nationalism, and Nazi propaganda led to the Farhud in 1941.  Dr. Simon served as co-director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University,  Professor of History at Yeshiva University, and  is the author of Iraq between the Two World War Wars (Columbia UP) and The Jews of the Middle East and North

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Jews in Burma

Tuesday 6 April, 7:30 pm UK time/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 ET/8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel. Did you know that Baghdadi Jews from India first began settling in Burma (Myanmar) in the 19th century? The community went into decline after WWII. Writer and academic Dr Saul Zadka met the remaining Jews of Burma, and toured the Musmeah Yeshua synagogue and the Jewish cemetery, where he found the graves of relatives. Recording here.

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Jews in Kurdistan: past and future

*Tuesday 23 March.7:30 pm UK time/ 12:30 am PT/3:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel. Lecturer Dena Attar will present the history of Jews from Mosul and Kurdistan, while journalist Levi Meir Clancy, based in Kurdistan, will share with us his thoughts on prospects for the revival of the community. Recording here.

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How is this Sephardi Seder different?

Tuesday 16 March. 7:30 pm UK time/ 12:30 am PT/3:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel. Harif/Hampstead synagogue/ JIMENA. Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, professional chef of Tunisian origin and JC contributor, Esther Amini, author with Persian roots of the acclaimed 'Concealed' and Linda Dangoor, artist and popular author of Flavours of Babylon will talk about their special foods and tell us how Passover is celebrated in their communities. Recording

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Sixty-five years since Suez Expulsion: Jews from Egypt remember

Tuesday 9 March. 7:30 pm UK time/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel.Some 25,000 Jews are thought to have been expelled in the aftermath of the 1956 Suez crisis. Jews forced to leave Egypt will share their stories. Introduction by Alec Nacamuli of the Association of Jews from Egypt (UK).Recording here.

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Golden Age? Convivencia? or What?

Tuesday 2 March, 7:00 pm UK time. Did the Jews in Medieval Islamic Spain experience a Golden Age of intellectual brilliance? Was there 'convivencia', or coexistence, between Jews and Muslims, or is it a product of wishful thinking? Dr Noam (Norman) A Stillman, emeritus professor of Judaic History at Oklahoma University, will give us his verdict on this important, but controversial period. Recording here.

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Mini-Purims of the Sephardi World

Tuesday 23 February, 7:30 pm. A mini-Purim, or Second Purim, is a celebratory day uniquely observed by a particular Jewish community or individual family to commemorate the anniversary of its deliverance from destruction, catastrophe, or an antisemitic ruler or threat.As we approach the festival of Purim 2021, Lyn Julius will tell the stories of Mini-Purims in the Sephardi World, from Algiers and Cairo to Djerba and Tiberias.Recording here.

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From Tripoli to politics

Tuesday 16 February , 7:30 pm UK time. Gina Bublil-Waldman had a hair-raising escape from Tripoli, Libya in 1967, moving to California where she became a political advocate for Soviet Jewry, and subsequently a campaigner Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. What has JIMENA - the organisation she set up - achieved, and what challenges lie ahead? Recording here.

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Reviving Jewish Cape Verde

Tuesday 9 February, 7:30 pm Uk Time. Cape Verde is a group of islands off the coast of Africa. Jews fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition settled there. In the 19th century they were joined by Jews from Morocco. Carol Castiel of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project will tell us what is being done to preserve the memory of the community and revive Jewish life. Recording here.

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