Simantov! Jewish marriage contracts from the British Library

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 - 7:30pm UK time A ketubah (plural ketubot) has been an integral part of Jewish weddings for over 2,000 years.   Written in Aramaic, the traditional text specifies the husband’s financial obligations towards his wife, thus ensuring her protection and security should the marriage end through divorce, desertion, or death. The ketubah is  one of the earliest documents granting women legal […]

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 […]

Jews of the Amazon

Tuesday 8 June, 7:30 pm UK time. Did you know that Sephardi Jews from Morocco came to Brazil and Peru from 1810 onwards during the rubber boom, and settled in the Amazon? In the course of his quest for traces of these Jews, our intrepid lecturer Dr Shaul Zadka stumbled, among other oddities, on the […]

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, […]

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