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Remembering Purim in Iraq; a Paradise of Parties and Pastries

| א׳ באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ט (08/03/2019) | 0 Comments
Remembering Purim in Iraq; a Paradise of Parties and Pastries

Like visions of date palms laden with fruit, Purim in Iraq was paradise for children. “We were excused from school and over the two-day holiday, we’d attend six parties,” says Nora Iny, who grew up in Baghdad during the 1960s. She is now a trustee of Congregation Bene Naharayim, an Iraqi synagogue in Jamaica Estates, […]

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Zangula with Lemon Syrup

| א׳ באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ט (08/03/2019) | 0 Comments
Zangula with Lemon Syrup

Ingredients For the syrup: 2 to 3 lemons1/2 cup (120 milliliters) water1 cup (200 grams) sugar For the dough and for frying: 1 1/8 teaspoons (1/2 package) active dry yeast1 1/4 cups (300 milliliters) warm water (100° F to 110° F), divided1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour3/4 cup (95 grams) cornstarchScant 1/2 teaspoon salt2 quarts […]

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Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary of Notorious Hanging of Baghdad Jews

| ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (21/02/2019) | 0 Comments
Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary of Notorious Hanging of Baghdad Jews

by Benjamin Kerstein Iraqi Jews arriving at Lod Airport in Israel in 1951. Photo: Israel Government Press Office. The 50th anniversary of the public hanging of nine Iraqi Jews and the subsequent killing and imprisonment of dozens more was marked by a ceremony held at the centuries-old Sephardi synagogue of Bevis Marks in the UK […]

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Israel said set to seek $250b compensation for Jews forced out of Arab countries

| כ״ח בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (05/01/2019) | 0 Comments
Israel said set to seek $250b compensation for Jews forced out of Arab countries

‘Time has come to correct historic injustice,’ minister says After 18 months of research, first claims being finalized for reported $35b from Tunisia, $15b from Libya, for assets Jews left behind when kicked out after establishment of Israel By Times of Israel staff 5 January 2019 Israel is preparing to demand compensation totaling a reported […]

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Iraq Still Honors This Jewish Star Known as the ‘Voice of Baghdad’

| י״ב בכסלו ה׳תשע״ט (20/11/2018) | 0 Comments
Iraq Still Honors This Jewish Star Known as the ‘Voice of Baghdad’

by: Eness Elias Salima Mourad, a singer who rose to fame in the early 1900s in Iraq – but remained there unlike many Jewish musicians – still strikes a chord today Salima Mourad takes the stage with her head slightly bowed and a big smile, wearing a sleeveless dress. She always looks stylish; she doesn’t […]

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A Group of Young Iraqis Risk Imprisonment to Reconnect With Their Country’s Jewish Past

| י״ד בתשרי ה׳תשע״ט (23/09/2018) | 0 Comments
A Group of Young Iraqis Risk Imprisonment to Reconnect With Their Country’s Jewish Past

by: Eetta Prince-Gibson Seven decades after the mass Jewish exodus from Iraq, a group of intrepid Iraqis and Israelis are holding clandestine meetings and talks in a bid to rekindle ties between the two countries and their peoples His real name isn’t Gilgamesh, hero of ancient Mesopotamian mythology. That’s just a pseudonym he and other […]

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Why Have Transit Camps for Mizrahi Jews Been Written Out of Israeli History?

| ד׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ט (13/09/2018) | 0 Comments
Why Have Transit Camps for Mizrahi Jews Been Written Out of Israeli History?

In 1951, a quarter of a million people were living in what was known as ma’abarot, 80 percent of them from Islamic lands. Most of the camps were dismantled by 1959. Ten forgotten years. An odd question is posed by the protagonist of the television series “Zagouri Empire,” in the first episode of the new […]

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Back to the roots: Iraqi Jews want their citizenship reinstated

| כ״ג באלול ה׳תשע״ח (03/09/2018) | 0 Comments
Back to the roots: Iraqi Jews want their citizenship reinstated

Youngsters sit in their classroom in Baghdad’s Jewish Frank Iny School, one of three Jewish school in the Iraqi capital, Feb. 6, 1969. (AP) Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 3 September 2018 Text size AAA It appears that the issue of Jews of Iraqi descent demanding back their nationality has taken a new turn […]

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Iraqis want their Jewish neighbors back

| י״ט באלול ה׳תשע״ח (30/08/2018) | 0 Comments
Iraqis want their Jewish neighbors back

Months after a Shiite cleric who won the parliamentary elections in Iraq said Jews “are welcome,” an online poll on the matter suggests that Iraqis are ready to discuss the right of return – more than Israelis are. By Meron Rapoport Immigrants from Iraq and Kurdistan exit their plane on arrival in Israel, having flown via Tehran, […]

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In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

by Talia Zax Shortly after the Iraqi Jewish Archive was found, Doris Hamburg, then director of preservation programs at the National Archives, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, then the National Archives’ chief of conservation, were brought to Iraq to assess the archive’s condition. The materials had been stored in 27 metal trunks packed into a freezer […]

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The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
The Last Relics Of Iraq’s Jewish Past Are In America. Should They Be Returned?

by Talya Zax On a leafy parkway in the Jamaica section of Queens, there is a house that is no longer a house. It’s one of New York’s two Iraqi synagogues: Bene Naharayim. The building doubles, in some ways, as a museum. The sanctuary houses 18 Torahs kept in elaborately decorated wooden cases known as […]

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The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

| י׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (22/07/2018) | 0 Comments
The Iraqi Jewish Archive Could Reshape Foreign Policy. But Its Future Is Uncertain

by: Talya Zax   Iraqi Jews are sure the Iraqi Jewish Archive belongs to them, and they’re determined to get it back. Meanwhile, Iraq is holding firm to the claim that it owns the archive, which it sees as an important commemoration of a rich past destroyed by Saddam Hussein. I asked Iraq’s ambassador to […]

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