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From Iraq to exodus: the flight of a country’s Jewish community

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From Iraq to exodus: the flight of a country’s Jewish community

by Holly Johnston ERBIL, Kurdistan Region —  Bertha Bekhor was 15 years old when a man knocked frantically at the door of her Baghdad home, on a warm June evening in 1941. Violence was sweeping across Iraq’s capital, targeted at one group – the Jews. “A man came to the house, banging on the door […]

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Iraqi Jew Creates New Life for Herself in America

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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

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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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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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The Jew Who Helped Defeat Iraq’s pro-Nazi Regime

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The Jew Who Helped Defeat Iraq’s pro-Nazi Regime

by Ofer Aderet Yoav Byron Kattan, who passed away last week, founded a Zionist underground in Iraq and served as a judge in Israel Yoav Byron Kattan, a retired judge from Be’er Sheva who died last week, once recalled how “Nazi ideology was bubbling up” in his native Iraq during his formative years. Decades after […]

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From Baghdad To Kokomo

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From Baghdad To Kokomo

Memoir Of A Young Man’s Odyssey To America by Albert Kudsizadeh A compelling account of growing up during the mid-twentieth century in the two oldest and once vibrant Jewish communities of Iraq and Iran–the first now obliterated, the second eroded. From Baghdad to Kokomo is part memoir, part history in which momentous events are interwoven […]

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Lost history: understanding the unseen story of Iraqi Jews

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Lost history: understanding the unseen story of Iraqi Jews

Hannah Harn learns about the history of the Jews of Iraq As of 2016, Ireland was home to fewer than 3,000 Jews. “In the region of Munster, we have about 95 people on a day to day basis and we’ll meet up occasionally,” said Aida Phelops of West Cork. Ms Phelops is a speaker on the […]

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I Am an Iraqi Jew

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I Am an Iraqi Jew

Naim Dallal. Directed by Lindsay McLean (his grandaughter)

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‘I’ve been sentenced to death’ – a farewell letter of an Iraqi Jew in 1969

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‘I’ve been sentenced to death’ – a farewell letter of an Iraqi Jew in 1969

By Zack Evans, Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg Sami Halali and his family were able to flee Iraq to Israel in 1971. Sami explained that the family hid the letter in their house after they received it in Iraq, but read it only once because of the pain it caused. The last letter of an Iraqi Jew executed […]

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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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Remember Baghdad coming to TJFF

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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

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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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