Carpets, Textiles and Kiss-Me-Quick hats: the Sephardim of Yorkshire

Tuesday 15 June, 7:30 pm UK time. Leeds-based Nigel Grizzard, Yorkshire's Jewish Heritage and Tour Guide, has been delving into the Sephardi history of England's largest county: the Turkish merchants who established a Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue in Leeds, the Sephardi Rabbonim who  still serve in Yorkshire, the deportation of Leeds Sephardi Jews on the […]

Screening of Forgiveness film

JW3 or online London,

A screening of the hilarious and topical comedy Mechila (FORGIVENESS) is being sponsored in Harif's name as part of the Seret Israeli film festival. A hybrid festival making films accessible online (to book virtually visit the Seret website ) or in person. Socially-distanced seating in the JW3 main hall, London  NW3 6ET, Thursday 24 June at 8pm. […]

Refugee, rebel, healer, peacebuilder

Tuesday 29 June, 7:30 pm UK time. Jungian psychoanalayst David Gerbi was expelled with his family from Libya in 1967. In 2011, he returned, intending to restore the Al-Bishi synagogue in Tripoli,  but had to flee for his life. Threats have not deterred him from his mission of reaching out to the Libyan government and […]

The Judeo-Arabic Heritage

Tuesday 20 July 2021, 7:00 pm UK time. Judeo-Arabic may be considered the premier Diaspora language. For most of the last 1400 years, Arabic, in its Jewish form, was spoken by more Jews than any other language. From the seventh until the end of the seventeenth centuries, the majority of the world's Jews lived in […]

Iraqi-Jewish Music Series

Harif, Jewish Music Institute, Jewish Renaissance, Jewish Chronicle, JIMENA and Sephardi Voices UK present this exciting programme which will be simultanously broadcast on the Harif Facebook page. 7:30 pm UK time. More details to come. 12th August: Film: Remember Baghdad - introduced by  Edwin Shuker 19th August: Concert: Lafalfula Groove, David Regev Zarur and Yair Dalal.  Interview:  David […]

May he grow up to live in Manchester

 Tuesday 17 August 2021, 7:30 pm UK time. "May he grow up to live in Manchester": with these words, a newborn baby was blessed  at his brit in Aleppo. Why did so many members of the Syrian Jewish community come to live in Manchester? Who were the leading influencers?  Rabbi Ariel Abel will give us […]

Iraqi-Jewish Music and Culture Series


Thursday 19th August 2021 | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm UK time: Screening of La Falfula Groove. Go to the Harif Facebook page or Jewish Music Institute site to watch the Iraqi maqam group of singers (and one dancer) La Falfula Groove live in concert. Led by Iraqi-Israeli David Regev Zaarur, a qanun player and great-grandson of Yusuf Zaarur, […]

Mizrahi Women Founders in conversation

Rachel Wahba, Gina Waldman and Lyn Julius in conversation. THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 5:30 pm UK/ 9:30 am PT/ 12:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm Europe / 7:30 pm Israel Middle Eastern and North African Jewish women active in promoting the Mizrahi story discuss antiisemitism, feminism and building an international movement  for recognition and justice. The […]

Conversation with Mosheh Habusha

Thursday 26 August, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Harif Facebook page Harif is proud to be partnering with the Jewish Music Institute, JIMENA, Sephardi Voices UK, Jewish Renaissance and Jewish Chronicle in this Iraqi-Jewish Music and Culture Series. Mosheh Ḥabusha is unquestionably the most important  Arab-Jewish cantor and musician known today. He is admired by Jews  […]

Brian Elias and Sara Manasseh: panel discussion

Wednesday 1 September, 7:30 - 8:30 pm Harif Facebook page Harif is proud to be partnering with the Jewish Music Institute, JIMENA, Sephardi Voices UK, Jewish Renaissance and Jewish Chronicle in this Iraqi-Jewish Music and Culture Series. Composer Brian Elias joins ethnomusicologist Dr Sara Manasseh in conversation about their lives and their musical influences. Both […]

How can Middle Eastern Jews reclaim their heritage?


The flight  from Arab countries of almost a million Jewish refugees  in the latter half of the 20th century entailed the abandonment or seizure of Jewish heritage - records, archives, documents, artefacts. However, Arab governments are now claiming that the heritage of exiled minority groups is part of their national heritage. What does international law […]

Jews of Central Asia and the Silk Road

Tuesday 12 October. 7:30 pm UK/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm Europe / 9:30 pm Israel Jews have lived  in Central Asia for over 2,500 years.Many believe they are descended from the Lost Tribes. Why they did they go there? Where are they now? We will take a  look at their […]

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