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The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

| ט׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (21/07/2018) | 0 Comments
The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?



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A Tragic Anniversary: The End of Jewish Life in Libya

| כ״ה בסיון ה׳תשע״ח (08/06/2018) | 0 Comments
A Tragic Anniversary: The End of Jewish Life in Libya

 by David Harris   A classroom in a Benghazi synagogue before World War II. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Fifty-one years ago this month, the world was transfixed by the Six Day War raging between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The war was triggered by genocidal threats from Cairo and Damascus to annihilate the Jewish state, troop […]

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Urban Sephardic Culture in the Ottoman Empire

| י״ג בניסן ה׳תשע״ח (29/03/2018) | 0 Comments
Urban Sephardic Culture in the Ottoman Empire

An overlooked golden age of Jewish culture flowered in the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, Salonica, Izmir, Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, and Alexandria—where almost no Jews live today The Ottoman state encompassed vast territories in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. At its peak, the Danube was its northern border in Europe, Tunisia its western strongpoint, the […]

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Remember Baghdad coming to TJFF

| י״א בניסן ה׳תשע״ח (27/03/2018) | 0 Comments
Remember Baghdad coming to TJFF

REMEMBER BAGHDAD (feature) The attitude used to be “Jews, Muslims, Christians, we were all Iraqis.” For over 2500 years, Jews were an integral community in modern Iraq. However, over the last 80 years, Iraq has been depleted of its Jewish community through three significant waves, leaving an estimated 5 remaining Jews as of 2013. Director […]

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Tea with Iraqi Jews

| כ״ט בשבט ה׳תשע״ח (14/02/2018) | 0 Comments
Tea with Iraqi Jews

  Sol Basha A story-telling session over Iraqi tea with members of the last community of Jews to have lived in Baghdad peacefully. Descriptions of domestic spaces, accounts of escape, and memories of the micro-local environment of their day.   James Kadoorib

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Iraqi Jews, Al Jazeera and Theft

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Iraqi Jews, Al Jazeera and Theft

 by Lyn Julius, author of UPROOTED: How 3,000 years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight After taking control of Baghdad from Saddam Hussein, US troops discovered what came to be called the Iraqi-Jewish archive in the waterlogged basement of the Iraqi secret police headquarters.  This priceless collection of Jewish books and documents was shipped to the […]

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The Baghdadi Jewish Dish that was Created in Mumbai and Kolkata

| כ״ח בשבט ה׳תשע״ח (13/02/2018) | 0 Comments
The Baghdadi Jewish Dish that was Created in Mumbai and Kolkata

  the taste was sour and sweet, a smooth, compelling aroma filled my mouth and nose, the texture was silky, a depth in it. i’d never tasted a chicken dish like this before. i’d never tasted anything like this before. the first time i had chicken chitannee, i certainly didn’t think of aurangzeb, or the […]

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In Queen Esther’s Time, Persia’s Baghdad Was the Center of the Jewish World

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In Queen Esther’s Time, Persia’s Baghdad Was the Center of the Jewish World

by Maria Bywater   Happy Purim! To mark the occasion, I’m posting this piece about the Jews in one of the cities of Queen Esther’s Persian Empire: Baghdad. It’s an excerpt from an article I wrote in 2003 on an exhibit about the Jews of Iraq at London’s Jewish Museum. The exhibit was called “By […]

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The Baghdadi Jews of India

| ד׳ בשבט ה׳תשע״ח (20/01/2018) | 0 Comments
The Baghdadi Jews of India

By Joan G. Roland   The Persian Gulf port of Basra began to serve as a trading center of the British East India Company in 1760, and it was from Basra–and Baghdad–that many Jews who played an important role in English commerce in the region gradually moved on to India. At first they settled in […]

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Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation celebrates 250 years

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Canada’s oldest Jewish congregation celebrates 250 years

By Janice Arnold, Staff Reporter     From left, Rose Simon Schwartz, the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue’s co-ordinator of its 250th anniversary celebrations, shul president Edmond Elbaz and Rabbi Avi Finegold stand in front of the synagogue’s original Aron Kodesh, which is still in use in its daily chapel. JANICE ARNOLD PHOTO   It’s the […]

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The Nazi-inspired Pogrom That Triggered Iraqi Jews’ Escape to Israel

| כ״ד בטבת ה׳תשע״ח (11/01/2018) | 0 Comments
The Nazi-inspired Pogrom That Triggered Iraqi Jews’ Escape to Israel

Beit Hatfutsot and Dor Saar-Man Sure the Nazi influence was noxious, but how could such an atrocity have occurred in a country where Jews had lived in peace for centuries?   The most traumatic event in the collective memory of Iraqi Jews took place in the spring of 1941 – the Baghdad pogrom known as […]

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Nazi Germany and the Farhud in Iraq

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Nazi Germany and the Farhud in Iraq

By Dor Saar-Man The most traumatic event in the collective memory of Iraqi Jews — the Farhud — took place during Shavuot 1941. During these violent riots in Baghdad thousands were raped and/or wounded, Jewish shops and synagogues were plundered and destroyed, and a staggering 180 people were brutally murdered. This unprecedented attack on the […]

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