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 […]

An Evening to mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jewish Refugees from Arab countries and Iran

JW3 or online London

November 30 is the official memorial day in Israel to mark the departure and expulsion of more than 850,000 Jews from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century. This year JW3 is hosting the official commemoration in partnership with Harif, the UK Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, and Sephardi […]

Lost Jewish voices of Indonesia


Tuesday 14 December 2021, 9 pm UK time. Journalist  and author Deborah Cassrels will join us from Australia to explore  the largely unknown journeys and lives of Sephardi Iraqi Jews who emigrated to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in the early 1900s during waves of persecution and instability in Baghdad. About 600 Iraqi Jews […]

Jews of Turkey – past and present


There have been Jews in Turkey since at least the fifth century BCE. Spanish and Portuguese Jews expelled from Spain after 1492 were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire and formed a  Ladino-speaking majority.  Professor Yitzchak Kerem of the Hebrew University will give us a potted history of the community through to the upheavals of the 20th century. […]

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