How happy are Jews in Iran?

7:30 pm UK/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm Europe / 9:30 pm Israel: The 8,000 or so Jews still living in Iran give the impression of being content and protected by the regime.  How truthful is this picture? How does the Iranian regime use the local Jews to improve its image? […]

Jews of Yemen in modern times

How isolated were Yemenite Jews from the general Jewish world? What happened to them during the Holocaust? Dr Dov Levitan will  discuss the emigration of 50,000 Jews and their absorption into Israel (including the Yemenite Children Affair), and the process leading up to the extinction of  the Yemenite diaspora during the past year. Recording here. […]

Alger-Jerusalem: mon voyage interdit (French)

Tuesday 15 February 2022. 7pm UK time,  8 pm France, 9 pm Israel. This event will be in French. Né à Tlemcen en 1947, le cinéaste Jean-Pierre Lledo, juif par sa mère, était l’un des rares non-musulmans à rester en Algérie jusqu’aux anneés 1990. Antisioniste convaincu, sa  première visite  à Jérusalem en 2008 a bouleversé […]

Heroic Hélène of World War II

Tuesday 1 March 2022, 6:30 pm UK time, 8:30 pm Israel time. Thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing to Morocco from the Nazis were assisted by a young Jewish lawyer whose heroism is only now being evaluated. Hélène Cazès Benattar put herself at risk to organise the safe passage out of Morocco of these refugees. Hebrew […]

Nazis and the Middle East

7:30 pm UK, 8:30 pm Europe, 12:30 PT, 3:30 pm ET, Israel 9:30pm. In 1937, the pamphlet "Islam and Judaism" heralded the arrival in the Muslim world of a new form of Jew-hatred: Islamic antisemitism. How did Nazi ideas penetrate the Arab and Muslim world world and what is their legacy today? Dr Matthias Kuentzel, […]

And ye shall tell your children…..

The exodus from Egypt is an opportunity to recall a modern exodus of Jews from Arab and Muslim countries. On the Passover Seder night  we recite he verse in the Haggadah  Shemot 13:8,  commanding “And you shall tell your child on that day: ‘Because of this, HaShem did for me, when he took me out […]

The Jews of Borneo

Tuesday 5 April, 7:30 pm UK time. North Borneo was a British protectorate in the northern part of the island of Borneo. It is present-day Malaysian Borneo, ie Sabah.  Baghdadi, Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews were integral to the development of North Borneo - as pioneers, planters, merchants, political refugees and prisoners of war. Our speaker […]

How different is Judeo-Arabic from Arabic?

Tuesday 3 May 2022, 6:30 pm UK time, 8:30 pm Israel. Judeo-Arabic is a 'religiolect' that has been spoken and written by Jews throughout the Arabic-speaking world. Although drawing on elements of standard Arabic, Judeo-Arabic has certain features that sets it apart: Hebrew characters, specific scripts and elements of Hebrew and Aramaic grammar. Professor Benjamin […]

Anything but cheesecake!

Tuesday 17 May, 7:30 pm UK time.  The festival of Shavu'ot  begins on 4 June this year. It is customary for Jews to prepare dairy foods, and the festival is predominantly associated with the eating of cheesecake. But Sephardi and Mizrahi communities have their own distinct traditions. We will be joined by expert cooks Linda […]

Pilgrimage to Djerba 2022

            Tuesday 31 May 2022. 7:30 pm UK time. The traditional  Lag Ba' Omer pilgrimage to the historic Al-Griba synagogue in Djerba this year drew numbers of visitors almost back to pre-COVID levels. Tour guide and historian Nigel Grizzard was among them. He will share his thoughts and impressions of […]

A Karaite journey from Cairo to California

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 7:30 pm UK time, 11:30 am PT. David Ovadia was born in Cairo and left Egypt at the age of 12 with his family for Paris, subsequently settling in San Francisco, California. Passionately committed to preserving the heritage of his Karaite Jewish community of Egypt, at the same time ensuring that its […]

Post-67 backlash on Jews in Arab countries

Tuesday 28 June, 7:30 pm UK. It is  55 years since Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War changed the politics of the Middle  East.   But it also led to a dramatic backlash on the few thousand Jews still living in Arab countries. Most of the last remaining Jews in Egypt, Lebanon,  Libya, Morocco and Tunisia […]

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