Bringing an antique Syrian synagogue back to life

Tuesday 22 December, 7:30 pm UKThe 4th century CE synagogue of Apamea in Syria remained unknown until site excavations in 1934. Roman tolernace turned into Byzantine intolerance when it was intentionally destroyed and its mosaic floor divided up between Damascus and Brussels. Archaeologist and anthropologist Adam Blitz, an expert on late antique diaspora synagogues, has […]

Remembering the Forgotten

Tuesday 5 JANUARY 2021. 8:00 pm UK time/ 12:00 am PT/ 3:00 pm ET/ 9:00 pm Europe/ 10:00 pm Israel / 7am Australia.Born in Alexandria, Egypt, artist Camille Fox was forced to leave with her family for Israel, moving on to Australia. Reconstituting scenes from her own and her family's memories, Camille has made the […]

Escape from Iraq

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 7pm UK time.This year marks 50 years since some 2,000 Iraqi Jews were smuggled out of Iraq through Kurdistan and over the border into Iran. Chairman of the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq in Israel, David Khedher Basson, who has been collecting testimonies, will give the post-1967 historical background and […]

Between Two Worlds

Monday 18 January,7:00 pm UK time/ 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET/ 8:00 pm Europe/ 9:00 pm Israel.A conversation between two writers - Ayelet Tsabari and Gila Green - about their work, their Yemenite roots, Israeli identity and connections to Canada. Ayelet Tsabari's latest book is 'The Art of Leaving'. Gila Green is the author […]

The Farhis of Damascus

Tuesday 26 January 2021. 7:30 pm UK.Migrating from 13th century France, the Farhi family had, by the 20th century, settled all over the Levant. In Damascus they were called 'the real rulers of Syria' and in the 18th century included the illustrious Haim Farhi, whose murder was avenged by his brothers. Their descendant Alain Farhi […]

Smouha City Saga

Tuesday 2 February, 7:30 pm UK time.In 1917, Baghdad-born Joseph Smouha visited Alexandria, Egypt and spotted the potential for development in the marshland flanking the city. The result was the Smouha garden City. Richard Smouha, Joseph's grandson, will tell the remarkable story of how Smouha City was built - and lost. Recording here.

Reviving Jewish Cape Verde

Tuesday 9 February, 7:30 pm UK Time.Cape Verde is a group of islands off the coast of Africa. Jews fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition settled there. In the 19th century they were joined by Jews from Morocco. Carol Castiel of the Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project will tell us what is being done to preserve the […]

From Tripoli to politics

Tuesday 16 February , 7:30 pm UK time.Gina Bublil-Waldman had a hair-raising escape from Tripoli, Libya in 1967, moving to California where she became a political advocate for Soviet Jewry, and subsequently a campaigner Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. What has JIMENA - the organisation she set up - achieved, and […]

Mini-Purims of the Sephardi World

Tuesday 23 February, 7:30 pm.A mini-Purim, or Second Purim, is a celebratory day uniquely observed by a particular Jewish community or individual family to commemorate the anniversary of its deliverance from destruction, catastrophe, or an antisemitic ruler or threat.As we approach the festival of Purim 2021, Lyn Julius will tell the stories of Mini-Purims in […]

Golden Age? Convivencia? or What?

Tuesday, 2 March, 7:00 pm UK time.Did the Jews in Medieval Islamic Spain experience a Golden Age of intellectual brilliance? Was there 'convivencia', or coexistence, between Jews and Muslims, or is it a product of wishful thinking? Dr Noam (Norman) A Stillman, emeritus professor of Judaic History at Oklahoma University, will give us his verdict […]

Sixty-five years since Suez Expulsion: Jews from Egypt remember

Tuesday 9 March. 7:30 pm UK time/ 11:30 am PT/ 2:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel.Some 25,000 Jews are thought to have been expelled in the aftermath of the 1956 Suez crisis. Jews forced to leave Egypt will share their stories. Introduction by Alec Nacamuli of the Association of Jews from Egypt […]

How is this Sephardi Seder different?

Tuesday 16 March. 7:30 pm UK time/ 12:30 am PT/3:30 pm ET/ 8:30 pm Europe/ 9:30 pm Israel. Harif/Hampstead synagogue/ JIMENA. Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, professional chef of Tunisian origin and JC contributor, Esther Amini, author with Persian roots of the acclaimed 'Concealed' and Linda Dangoor, artist and popular author of Flavours of Babylon will talk about […]

See a listing of even more outstanding events


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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