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In Exile, Iraqi Jews Are Desperate To Reclaim Their Artifacts

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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?

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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

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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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Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?

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Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?

By Mardean Isaac On the anniversary of the Farhud of 1941, when Iraqi Jews’ violent dispossession began, a look at how the Baghdadi diaspora’s eventual return to Israel fostered scholarly interest in a rich Babylonian heritage   Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost? Between 1948 and 1951, the vast majority of Iraq’s […]

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

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



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Iraqi-Jewish archive triggers ‘traumatic memories’

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Iraqi-Jewish archive triggers ‘traumatic memories’

A battle is ongoing over a collection of Iraqi Jewish heirlooms, as few agree on where it should be based. by Dalia Hatuqa     Baltimore, United States – A group of men and women celebrate a young man’s bar mitzvah, the Jewish rite of passage when boys turn 13, as a rabbi wraps “tefillin” […]

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Protagonists of ‘Remember Baghdad’ feel Jews have ‘unfinished business’ in Iraq

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Protagonists of ‘Remember Baghdad’ feel Jews have ‘unfinished business’ in Iraq

By Eliana Rudee/JNS  When thinking of the words “refugee” and “Middle East,” many displaced groups come to mind. But few know that some of the original refugees of the region were a million Middle Eastern and North African Jews whose history often entails hangings, imprisonment and finding refuge in Israel.  The critically acclaimed documentary “Remember […]

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Now-dispersed Iraqi Jewish community fights for access to its legacy

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Now-dispersed Iraqi Jewish community fights for access to its legacy

‘Why should someone’s diploma and grades be in a museum?’ With a stolen trove of historical documents slated for return to Baghdad, Jews from Iraq demand their personal effects back — with many of their Muslim former neighbors’ support By Reut R. Cohen     In 2003, a group of 16 American soldiers from the […]

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Iraqi Jews Speaking Up to Preserve Their Heritage

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Iraqi Jews Speaking Up to Preserve Their Heritage

by Fiyaz Mughal Jewish history in Iraq has been documented as far back as 2,500 years to Babylonian Times and few know that Iraqi Jews played a role in the Independence movement of Iraq in the last century. From influencing the development of culture, learning, reading and writing, Iraqi Jews had always been part of […]

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Help Preserve Judaeo-Arabic

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Help Preserve Judaeo-Arabic

University of Haifa Mother Tongue Project aimed at preserving pieces of our linguistic heritage. The phenomenon of language death is not unique to the Jewish people. The loss of languages and cultures is a global concern, and many national and international projects worldwide are dedicated to addressing it. However, regarding Jewish languages, most of whose […]

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Iraqi Jews – Preserving a Rich Heritage

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Iraqi Jews – Preserving a Rich Heritage

by Sharon Kanon (WZPS) It is hard to imagine what it must have been like to take a stroll down a street in Baghdad, or sit on the shores of the Tigris or Euphrates. It is also hard to imagine that Iraq, formerly Babylon, was once home to a flourishing and fiercely Zionistic Jewish community […]

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

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Arabic has a Jewish dialect, and these women speak it

Public Radio International tells us the unlikely story of the near-death and cultural revival of Judeo-Arabic.      Alina Simone tracked down three Judeo-Arabic speakers in Montreal. They arrived there decades ago, following their exodus from Iraq (with a few stops elsewhere along the way). All three grew up speaking an Iraqi variant of this Jewish-tinged Arabic. […]

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