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 […]

The impact of WWII on the Jews of North Africa and the Middle East

7 pm UK time, 8 pm Europe, 9 pm Israel, 2 pm ET, 11 am PT. Following the publication of her book, Reeva Spector Simon will deliver the 21st Simon Wiesenthal Annual Lecture, in association with Harif. Free online webinar introduced by Shimon Samuels and with concluding remarks by David Dangoor. Register  at [email protected] or […]

How did Syrian Jews end up in Brooklyn?

Tuesday 2 November: 7:30 pm UK/ 12:30 am PT/ 3:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm Europe / 9:30 pm Israel. In the Flatbush, Midwood and Madison neighbourhoods of Brooklyn, New York,  live some 50,000  Syrian Jews. When did they get there and why? How do they preserve their identity? Sarina Roffé, a respected expert on […]

Are the Forgotten Refugees still forgotten?

Tuesday 16 November: 7:30 pm UK/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET / 8:30 pm Europe / 9:30 pm Israel. Ralph Avi Goldwasser was executive producer of the award-winning The Forgotten Refugees film for the David Project. It is one of the few films to draw attention to the 850,000 Jews driven from Arab lands. We ask […]

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Upcoming Events

An Evening to mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jewish Refugees from Arab countries and Iran
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Lost Jewish voices of Indonesia
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Jews of Turkey – past and present


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