MENA Jews and the Holocaust

Thursday, 13 May - the date of the German 1943 Surrender in Tunis. 7:00 pm UK time/ 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET/ 8:00 pm Europe/ 9:00 pm Israel How did the Holocaust affect the Jews of The Middle East and North Africa?  Had the Allies not won the battle of El Alamein in 1942, […]

Israel’s envoy in Iran

Wednesday 19 May, 7:30 pm. Interview with diplomat and academic Efrat Sopher about her late grandfather Meir Ezri, an unsung hero. Ezri was appointed by David Ben Gurion  and served as Israeli ambassador to Iran for 15 years from 1958 to 1973.   His achievements included  assisting fleeing Iraqi Jews and marshalling aid for the Qazvin […]

80th Anniversary of the Farhud

Sunday 30 May, 5 pm UK. Harif (UK association of Middle Eastern & North African (MENA) Jews) and the Montreal’s Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue are joining forces to organise a Zoom commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of the Farhud. The Farhud is the name given to the Shavuot massacre of  Jews in Iraq on […]

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SUNDAY, 4 MARCH - Great Escapes from Arab lands and Iran
TUESDAY, 20 MARCH - The impact of the ‘Arab Spring’ on minorities
WEDNESDAY, 2 MAY - The Jews of Burma
WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY - I Love You Rosa film
WEDNESDAY, 6 JUNE - Canon Andrew White
TUESDAY, 12 JUNE - The House on Chelouche St film
SUNDAY, 17 JUNE - Where are you going Moshe?
WEDNESDAY, 20 JUNE - The Last Jews of Libya
TUESDAY, 26 JUNE - A Weekend in Galilee film


TUESDAY, 1 FEBRUARY - What next for Tunisia and its Jews?
SUNDAY, 3 APRIL - A convivial evening with Linda Dangoor
SUNDAY, 15 MAY - Remembering the Jewish refugees from Arab Countries
WEDNESDAY, 1 JUNE - Seventy years since the Farhud
SUNDAY, 12 JUNE - Jewish women’s voices from the East
WEDNESDAY, 15 JUNE - The Last Jews of Libya: film
SUNDAY, 19 JUNE - Middle Eastern Musical Magic
THURSDAY, 23 JUNE - The Forgotten Refugees: film
WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER - Voices of Departure: film
SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER - Rally for the Middle East’s forgotten refugees
WEDNESDAY, 26 OCTOBER - Israel, the ‘Arab Spring’ and me
WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER - A tribute to Albert Memmi
TUESDAY, 13 DECEMBER - Where are you going, Moshe?
23 – 29 DECEMBER - Harif at Limmud


WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY - Secrets of Jewish Djerba
WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH - Baghdad and after: Eli Amir in conversation
WEDNESDAY, 24 MARCH - Ladino evening at Holland Park
SUNDAY, 11 APRIL - Moise, Dalida et moi
WEDNESDAY, 16 JUNE - How submissive are North African Jewish Women?
TUESDAY, 6 JULY - Jailed in Gaza: Paul Martin tells his story
TUESDAY, 5 OCTOBER - An evening with Sir Martin Gilbert
TUESDAY, 12 OCTOBER - Forgotten Refugees film
THURSDAY, 4 NOVEMBER - A history of educating Jews in Muslim lands
SUNDAY, 7 NOVEMBER - In the beginning was a school…(film)


TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY - Book launch: Iraq’s Last Jews
MONDAY, 23 FEBRUARY - An evening with Lucette Lagnado
TUESDAY, 17 MARCH - Film: Operation Mural
WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE - Albert Memmi in conversation – cancelled for health reasons
TUESDAY, 14 JULY - The 1941 pogrom in the literature of Jews from Iraq
WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER - The forgotten exodus: Jews from Islamic lands
WEDNESDAY, 11 NOVEMBER - The magical manuscripts of Oriental Jews
WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER - An evening with Orly Halpern
TUESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER - Meet Vivian Wineman
SUNDAY, 29 NOVEMBER - The Al-Kuwaity brothers : a celebration


WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY - Kululush (film)
WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY - Shabbetai Zvi: the False Messiah
WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY - Between Judaism and Islam: Turkey’s Donmeh
SATURDAY, 1 MARCH - Memories of Eden
TUESDAY, 25 MARCH - Kululush (film)
SUNDAY, 30 MARCH - Forgotten Refugees of Arab Lands: the impact of the Six Day War
SUNDAY, 6 APRIL - Sallah Shabati (film)
TUESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER - Aleppo and Damascus – Then and Now
THURSDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER - Why minority rights are the key to peace in the Middle East
WEDNESDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER - Jews of Lebanon
TUESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER - The Stone Flower: UK Premiere
WEDNESDAY, 10 DECEMBER - Jews of Calcutta


THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY - Lecture: Identity and memory among the Jews of Salonica
SATURDAY, 3 FEBRUARY - Baghdad Sketches
WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY - Film: Salonica, City of Silence
SUNDAY, 4 MARCH - Naim Kattan and Marina Benjamin in conversation
TUESDAY, 6 MARCH - From Baghdad to Montreal: a Jewish writer’s journey
SUNDAY, 11 MARCH - Mysteries of Sephardi DNA
TUESDAY, 19 JUNE - Jews of Iran film
TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER - Iran, Islamic Fundamentalism and Israel
TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER - Home and Away: the effects of exile on refugees


WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER - The films of Duki Dror: displacement and the search for identity
WEDNESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER - 2,600 years of Judaism in Iraq
THURSDAY, 9 NOVEMBER - Iraqi Jewry and the Farhoud pogrom of 1941
THURSDAY, 16 NOVEMBER - Professor Ephraim Karsh: Islamic imperialism and the Jews
SUNDAY, 19 NOVEMBER - Iraqi forum : Can the new Iraq be safe for its minorities ?
MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER - Muslim-Jewish relations in the Maghreb, 1850–1948


Harif Week: 14 - 20 November 2005

SUNDAY: Bat Ye'or interviewed by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo on Dhimmitude, Chatham House
MONDAY: Moroccan Henna at Leighton House
TUESDAY: Rivers of Babylon music ensemble at the S&P Lauderdale Road Synagogue
WEDNESDAY: 'A matter of time' film on N. African Jews in WWII, presented by Dr Irit Abramski
THURSDAY: 'Longing and Hope' with Eli Amir, Imperial College
SATURDAY: 'Forgotten Refugees' London Premiere, Q&A with Eli Amir and David Littman

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