Roots of Tyranny in Iraq

Tuesday 13 April 2021. 7 pm UK timeTo mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Iraq, Reeva Spector Simon will discuss how militarism, nationalism, and Nazi propaganda led to the Farhud in 1941.  Dr. Simon served as co-director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University,  Professor of History at Yeshiva University, and  is […]

Mogador (Essaouira): a town like no other

For centuries, the superpowers of the time competed to control Mogador (Essaouira), which became Morocco’s leading port. Colonial influence exerted an amazing effect on the Jews: many thrived and benefited from  protection and foreign citizenship. Historian of Moroccan Jewry Sidney Corcos will tell us what made this city unique.

Jews of India

Tuesday 27 April 2021, 7:30 pm UK time. With Maisie Meyer. A virtual tour of India’s ancient Jewish communities: Bene Israel and Cochin Jews, Baghdadi Jews in Bombay and Calcutta, and the much smaller groups of Bene Manashe and Bene Ephraim.

Baghdadis in Bollywood

Tuesday 4 May, 7:30 pm UK time Although the smallest of India’s minorities, Jews played as important a role in  the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood. Almost all of India’s earliest silent movie stars were female Baghdadi Jews: Salochana, Miss Rose, Pramila and Nadira. Our lecturer Kenneth X Robbins is a psychiatrist, collector of south […]

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 […]

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