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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How can Mizrahi Voices matter? virtual event

Tuesday 7 July 2020. 7:30 pm UK time. As anti-racism protests sweep the world, Israeli speaker, writer and activist (with Iraqi and Tunisian roots) Hen Mazzig will discuss how Jews fit in - and the challenges of getting the 'Mizrahi narrative' across to young people. ZOOM details to come.

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Tales of Jewish Afghanistan – Virtual event

Tuesday 30 June at 7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel Scholar of Islam Dr Harold Rhode will share memories of his travels to Afghanistan and fascinating facts about its ancient Jewish history. Are some Afghans descended from the lost tribes of Israel? ZOOM details from info@harif.org

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Lucky escape from Libya – Virtual Event

Tuesday 23 June, 7:30 pm UK time / 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel Palazzo Nahum in Tripoli is a monument to one of Libya's leading Jewish families. Lucky Nahum will tell their story of great achievement and personal tragedy. Twelve-year old Lucky himself fled anti-Jewish riots in June 1967 in a hair-raising escape from a Tripoli apartment block. ZOOM details from info@harif.org

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Justice for Jews from Arab Countries – Virtual event

Thursday 18 June. 7 pm UK time. With expert Dr. Stanley Urman, we invite you to join us as we explore the history of efforts to pursue recognition, justice, and redress for former Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Where are we today and where are we going as we work to pursue policy and official recognition for the losses of Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa? JIMENA/ Harif. Dr. Stanley A. Urman is the Executive Vice-President

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Summer flavours of Babylon – virtual cookery demonstration

Tuesday 16 June, 7:30 pm UK time / 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. Join Baghdad-born designer, painter, potter and food writer Linda Dangoor in her cookery demonstration. Her cookbook, entitled Flavours of Babylon, celebrates the flavours and recipes of her Baghdadi heritage. Her website is: www.lindadangoor.com. For Zoom details email info@harif.org. To cook along with Linda you will need the following ingredients: Cucumber and goat cheese

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Lifting the veil on Jewish life in Iran – Virtual event

Tues 9 June 2020.7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. Iranian-American Jewish journalist, speaker and activist Karmel Melamed will offer unique insights into the lives of Jews under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s totalitarian regime today as well as a brief summary of Iranian-Jewish contemporary history. Why do nearly 8,000 Jews still live in Iran? What laws govern their lives? Why is the leadership obsessed with Holocaust

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The British in Iraq: Were they good for the Jews? Virtual event

Tuesday 2 June 2020. 7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. With Lyn Julius Seventy-nine years to the day since the outbreak of the Farhud massacre in Iraq, Lyn Julius looks at the role of the British in the first half of the 20th century. Were they the making of the Jews, or did they ultimately betray them? Details from info@harif.org

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Remembering the Farhud – Virtual event

MondaY 1 June 2020, 7 PM UK time. Joe Samuels who was born in the Jewish quarter of the old city of Baghdad and was 10 years old when the Farhud, the massacre of some 180 Jews in Baghdad exactly 79 years ago, took place. Joe will share with us his memories of Iraq, the story of the Farhud and insights from his new book "Beyond The Rivers of Babylon". Joining us from Israel is Lily Shor, Director of External Relations of the Babylonian Jewish Heritage

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How I discovered the Iraqi-Jewish Archive – Virtual event

Tues 26 May 2020. 7:30 pm UK time 11:30 am PT | 2:30 pm ET | 9:30 pm Israel. In 2003 Pentagon analyst Harold Rhode was the first to recognise that a collection of submerged documents, scrolls and books in a Baghdad basement constituted a unique Jewish archive. Dr Rhode will tell this story of miracles - from discovery in Iraq to restoration in the US. What happens to the archive now, and will it be returned to Iraq ? details from info@harif.org

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Jewish Refugees, Israeli Politics and Peace – Virtual event

Tues 19 May. ZOOM conversation with Ashley Perry, architect of the 30 November Day of Commemoration of the Exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab lands and Iran. 7:30 pm UK Time, 9:30 pm Israel time; 2:30 pm EST; 11:30 pm PT. HARIF co-hosting with JIMENA.Recording here, 11 minutes into the video: http://harif.org/how-i-discovered-the-iraqi-jewish-archive/

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