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The End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands
Center for Jewish History
10011, NY
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The End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands
International Conference
The End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands

For thousands of years Jews have lived across North Africa and the Middle East. Despite the long history, 1948-1967 marked the effectual end of many of these Jewish communities.
The Dahan Center, together with the American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University, seeks to explore this history through research and personal anecdotes.

Join us as we host international scholars, as well as local students, to share stories of the rich life that once was and the events across the region that caused the majority of Jews to leave.

Jewish Communities In The East And West Bar-Ilan University

09:30-10:00: Arrival and Registration

10:00-11:00: Opening Session:
Disruptions of Jewish Communal Life in Islamic Lands

Chair: Dr. Shimon Ohayon, Director, the Dahan Center,Bar- Ilan University

MK Gila Gamliel, Minister of Social Equality, Israel
Mr. Avraham Duvdevani, Chairman of the World Zionist Organization
Mr. Jason Guberman, Executive Director, American Sephardi Federation
Mr. Akiva Tor, Foreign Ministry, Israel

Rabbi Elie Abadie, MD, Founder and Rabbi of Manhattan East Synagogue, President JJAC, ASF Board Member
The Exodus of Jews from Arab Lands and the Legal Struggle for Their Rights

11:00-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:15: Second session: "Leaving without returning": Immigration from Arab Countries

Chair: Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, Leiden University
The Jews of Iraq and Egypt: the process that led to their mass expulsion
Ms. Dana Avrish, Multidisciplinary Artist
My exhibition: "Leaving, Never to Return"

12:15-13:00:   Lunch Break

13:00-14:00: Third Session:
The struggle for the rights of Jews from Arab lands

Chair: Prof. Thierry Alcoloumbre, Bar-Ilan University

The legal status of Jews who were expelled from Arab countries from the perspective of international law

Ms. Sarina Roffé, Sephardic Heritage Project
Post 1948 Persecutions of Syrian Jews; Agency Relief and Escape

14:00-14:15  Coffee break

14:15-15:15  Fourth Session: Jewish communities in Muslim Lands

Chair: Dr. Drora Arussy, Director, ASF Institute of Jewish Experience
Dr. Joseph Ringel, Yeshiva University
Zionist activism and local politics in Arab countries (1940-1956)
Ms. Lerone Edalati, ASF Broome and Allen Fellow
Migration, Exile, and Diaspora: Examining Iranian Jewish life before and after the 1979 Revolution

15:15-16:00 Student presentations
The story of our family roots: Thoughts of the Next Generation

16:00-17:00 Musical Program:

Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas, City University of New York; ASF Broome & Allen Fellow; NY Andalus Ensemble & ASEFA
Judeo-Muslim soundscapes in Morocco: a tradition of musical dialogue

Concluding Remarks:Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Prof. Thierry Alcoloumbre, Bar-Ilan University.

The conference is organized in collaboration with Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry for Social Equality


Center for Jewish History (View)
15 West 16th Street
10011, NY 10011
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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