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COVID-19 Protocols

| ד׳ בתמוז ה׳תש״פ (26/06/2020) | 0 Comments
COVID-19 Protocols

After receiving direction from public health authorities and in accord with the Sephardic Kehilah Centre’s practice, we have restarted weekly Shabbat services.Efforts will be made to ensure we do not start and end our service at the same time as other shuls in the building. As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, we need to continue […]

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ערוץ השיעורים והשירים של הרב דוד מנחם

| כ״ד בכסלו ה׳תש״פ (22/12/2019) | 0 Comments
ערוץ השיעורים והשירים של הרב דוד מנחם

. נוסח בבל, מקאם:שיגא יָהּ הַצֵּל יוֹנָה מְחַכָּה וְדִמְעָתָהּ לָךְ מְפַכָּה : וְתִשְׂמַח בָּךְ אַתָּה מַלְכָּהּ בִּשְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה הוֹדוּ לְגֵאֶה עַל גֵּאִים וְנוֹרָא עַל כָּל נוֹרָאִים : הִצִּיל אֶת נִין חַשְׁמוֹנָאִים מִיָּד צָר כִּי בָהֶם הִכָּה : וְתִשְׂמַח בָּךְ אַתָּה מַלְכָּהּ בִּשְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה וְיָשִׁירוּ עַמָּךְ שִׁירוֹת וּזְמִירוֹת מִפָּז יְקָרוֹת : בְּהַדְלִיקָם אֶת הַנֵּרוֹת […]

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Don’t forget the Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands

| ד׳ בכסלו ה׳תש״פ (02/12/2019) | 0 Comments
Don’t forget the Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands

by Jonathan S. Tobin Palestinians and their supporters not only erase the Jewish history of the land of Israel, but also of the Jews of Arab lands who lost their homes 70 years ago. In international conflicts, history is more of a weapon than a field of study. That’s why the history of Palestinian Arab […]

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New initiative seeks to remember ‘forgotten’ Jewish refugees from the Middle East

| ד׳ בכסלו ה׳תש״פ (02/12/2019) | 0 Comments
New initiative seeks to remember ‘forgotten’ Jewish refugees from the Middle East

by Israel Kasnett More than that, an effort is underway to recognize centuries of contributions of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa, and to foster relations for the future. The nine young Iraqi Jewish men hanging in the center of Liberation Square in Baghdad in January 1969 after being accused by the Ba’athist […]

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Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

| ט׳ במרחשון ה׳תש״פ (07/11/2019) | 0 Comments
Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

by Joseph Croitoru Translated from the German by Nina Coon Interest in the Iraqi-Jewish cultural heritage is growing – both in Israel and Iraq. Novels in which emigrants and their children evoke the lost world of their forefathers are proving especially popular. By Joseph Croitoru Until around 70 years ago, Iraq was home to one […]

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Iraqi Jew Creates New Life for Herself in America

| י״ט בתשרי ה׳תש״פ (18/10/2019) | 0 Comments
Iraqi Jew Creates New Life for Herself in America

by Ben Sales When arguing with her first grade teacher about the Arab-Israeli conflict, Ceen Gabbai didn’t realize she was taking a huge risk. It was around September of 2000, and the second Intifada, the outbreak of Palestinian violence in Israel, was underway. Gabbai was one of the few Jewish students in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Standing up […]

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Here’s what it’s like to grow up as a Jew in Iraq

| ד׳ בתשרי ה׳תש״פ (03/10/2019) | 0 Comments
Here’s what it’s like to grow up as a Jew in Iraq

By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA) — When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking. The year was 2000 and students across the world held strong opinions about the Second Intifada, an outbreak of violence that claimed thousands of lives […]

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The Jews of Kurdistan: How Kurdish Jews became Israeli

| י״ח באלול ה׳תשע״ט (18/09/2019) | 0 Comments
The Jews of Kurdistan: How Kurdish Jews became Israeli

By Pinar Ulumaskan Every Sukkot, the Kurdish Jews of Israel gather to dance, eat delicious foods and share stories about their homeland — the historic Kurdistan, now divided between Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq — in the Saharane festival. The Saharane festival was historically celebrated around springtime and is similar to the Newroz festival, which has Zoroastrian origins and […]

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Understanding the Indian Baghdadi Jews

| י״ט באב ה׳תשע״ט (20/08/2019) | 0 Comments
Understanding the Indian Baghdadi Jews

The Jewish Museum tells the history of British Jews while also celebrating the larger Jewish community.  One such community is the Baghdadi Jewish community of India. Originally from Iraq and Jewish Diasporas around the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, this Jewish community played a crucial economic role in the region, which served as the trading centre […]

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Army troops play key role in preserving Iraqi Jewish heritage

| ט״ז באב ה׳תשע״ט (17/08/2019) | 0 Comments
Army troops play key role in preserving Iraqi Jewish heritage

By Steve DeVaneAirborne & Special Operations Museum exhibit is on display through Sept. 22. An exhibit of material related to the Jewish community in Iraq shows the important role Army troops can play in the preservation of culture, the director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum said. Special Operations soldiers played a key role […]

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From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew

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From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew

“From Baghdad to Boston and Beyond”: A Memoir of an Iraqi Jew”. Amy Dane co-author of Dr. Jacob Shammash’s story of emigration from Baghdad in 1947, after the Farhud and his amazing success in America. The book is a true story of love, horror, sadness and joy. reinvention of one man and his family in […]

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Iraqi Singer, Ismail Fadel to Majalla: “I am convinced that music is a way to bring communities together and push towards peace.”

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Iraqi Singer, Ismail Fadel to Majalla: “I am convinced  that music is a way to bring communities together and push towards  peace.”

By Amal Shehata The Iraqi community in Israel cares deeply for it heritage and many of its members organise Arabic concerts on a regular basis. When an Iraqi singing voice is heard in Tel Aviv, the Iraqi Jews living in Israel feel a sense of collective celebratory euphoria, as they get the opportunity to commemorate […]

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