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A promotional image for the series “Umm Haroun” (“The Mother of Aaron”), aired by the private Saudi-owned satellite channel MBC for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Source: Arab Media.

Middle Eastern Jewry and the Arab world

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A drama series broadcast in the Gulf states during the month of Ramadan, “Umm Haroun“ (“Aaron’s Mother”), tells the story of a Jewish family in Kuwait during the 1940s under Arab-Muslim rule. On a small...
Reading from a Torah scroll in accordance with Sephardi tradition. Credit: Sagie Maoz via Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish organization applauds Portuguese commemoration of Spanish Inquisition victims

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Jewish organization Reconectar applauded the recent passing of a law in the Portuguese Parliament that established March 31 as the official date to commemorate victims of the Inquisition. Ashley Perry (Perez), president of Reconectar, which...

Jews and chocolate: 500 years of sweetness

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Sephardic Jews who were expelled in the late 15th century  from Portugal and Spain learned about cocoa and the production of chocolate from the indigenous peoples of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Keeping...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks at an emergency U.N. General Assembly meeting in United Nations headquarters in New York City on Dec. 21, 2017. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90.

Israel to introduce resolution in UN calling for recognition of Mideast Jewish refugees

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon announced on Tuesday that Israel will submit a resolution to the General Assembly to formally recognize Jewish refugees, or Mizrachi Jews, from Arab countries and Iran. Danon...

Considerable Shared DNA Between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Populations

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Many Eastern Europeans refer to their families as part Sephardic.  Alexander Beider dismisses their claim in a Forward article without any citation or input from historians or geneticists.  It’s also a bit insulting to...
Phil Roeder [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why I refused to march

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Like so many other Jewish women, I grappled over and over again with the decision to attend the Women’s March on Jan. 19. I missed the first march because I was recovering from childbirth,...
A Yemenite family walks through the desert to a reception camp set up by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee near Aden. Nov. 1, 1949. Credit: Zoltan Kluger/Wikimedia Commons.

Educational outlets launch project to amass testimonies of Jews from the Mizrach

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The San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) has announced a new partnership program with Israel’s Ministry of Social Equality (MSE), Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of...

Brooklyn author traces the history of Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish community

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The Syrian community in Brooklyn has a 100-year history, and author Sarina Roffe has captured it and more in her book “Branching Out From Sepharad”. Her ambitious and deeply researched book traces two rabbinic...

Philadelphia’s secret Hispanic History

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Descendants of those Sephardic Jews still live here today. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on September 20. Philadelphians of Hispanic heritage will find the language and food of the Sephardic...

Biblioteca Ets Haim

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In the late 1500s and early 1600s, as Sephardic Jews were establishing a community in Amsterdam, they founded a school for themselves that would become the oldest continuously operating Jewish library in the world.Top...