Middle Eastern Communities Respond to California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Middle Eastern Communities Respond to California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
A diverse group of Middle Eastern Jews, Assyrian Christians, Coptic Christians, Kurds, and Iranians of various faiths have requested the California Department of Education adapt its curriculum to reflect student demographics in California
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Sephardic Jews In Support of Black Lives

Sephardic Jews In Support of Black Lives
JIMENA Young Professional's Statement As a unified young adult community composed of Jews of Mizrahi and Sephardic descent, we issue this statement as a call to action in solidarity and support of Black Lives. Our parents and grandparents fled religious persecution in countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East, and we’ve been appalled to witness the violence Black men, women, and children continue to endure in the same country where our families sought refuge and peace. As we have learned through the experiences of our elders who had no legal protections in the countries they fled, Black and Brown
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JIMENA 2019 Annual Report

JIMENA 2019 Annual Report
In 2019, JIMENA directly engaged 10,000 individuals at over 90 events throughout the United States, ensuring the heritage and history of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews is shared widely. We put the power of storytelling in the hands of the people with the launch of the Seeing the Voices Mobile Application and we launched our Journey to the Mizrah curriculum for formal and informal Jewish educators. We remained dedicated to our role as a leading advocacy organization for Mizrahi and Sephardic interests.
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JIMENA Comments to the Cultural Advisory Committee Regarding Yemeni MOU Request

JIMENA Comments to the Cultural Advisory Committee  Regarding Yemeni MOU Request
October 15, 2019 Jeremy Sabloff, Chair The Cultural Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520 To Mr. Jeremy Sabloff and the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State: We submit these comments to you on behalf of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. JIMENA is one of the few organizations in North America representing the interests of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. For context, Mizrahi Jews are an indigenous Middle Eastern population, whose ancestors lived
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YEMEN AND MOROCCO CULTURAL AGREEMENT REQUESTS – URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

YEMEN AND MOROCCO CULTURAL AGREEMENT REQUESTS - URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
October 8, 2019 The Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State has been signing Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) agreements with foreign governments that blockade the entry of cultural property to the USA and deny Jews and Christians from Arab countries the rights to their historic heritage. Through the MOU process, our government is transferring ownership of confiscated Jewish property to various Arab governments that expelled or forced their Jewish populations to flee antisemitic persecution under duress. Despite the protestations of Jewish communal organizations, including; ADL: The Anti-Defamation League, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, B’nai Brith
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Introducing: JIMENA’s Journey to the Mizrah Curriculum

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Since our founding, the core of JIMENA’s mission has been to educate students, of all ages, on the heritage and history of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. Each year, we receive a high volume of requests for support and leadership in designing and implementing Sephardic and Mizrahi programs in Jewish educational settings throughout the United States. As a lean organization with a small staff, we ambitiously meet every request for content, information and leadership at a demanding pace. In 2016, The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco recognized our work as a local leader in bringing rich educational and cultural content
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Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to the Proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum of California’s Department of Education

Sephardic and Mizrahi Communal Response to the Proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum of California’s Department of Education
In 2016, the State of California passed legislation, AB 2016, requiring the State Board of Education to adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high school students. Unfortunately, the proposed model curriculum completely ignores the experiences of American Jews, promotes a boycott of Israel, and ignores antisemitism.
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Call to Action – California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Call to Action - California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
August 4, 2019 In 2016, the State of California passed legislation, AB 2016, requiring the State Board of Education to adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high school students. Unfortunately, the proposed model curriculum completely ignores the experiences of American Jews, promotes a boycott of Israel, and ignores antisemitism. Furthermore, in conflict with its stated guidelines, the Model Curriculum erases the histories, voices, and experiences of American minority communities from the Middle East and North Africa – including those of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews. The Time to Respond is NOW! Residents of California have until Friday, August 15th to
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Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah
May 1 - 2, 2019 On this Holocaust Remembrance Day we honor the memories of the six-million Jews whose lives were brutally taken and the countless Jewish communities who were destroyed and then simply vanished. In these last fews years, second and third generation survivors from North Africa and the Middle East have have begun working to ensure the stories of their grandparents and great-grandparents are acknowledged and included in international efforts to commemorate victims of the Holocaust. This year in San Francisco, JIMENA partnered with זיכרון בסלון - Zikaron BaSalon to tell the stories of Tunisian Jews who lived
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Letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin Regarding Yemen Emergency Import Restrictions

Letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin Regarding Yemen Emergency Import Restrictions
In a letter to Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, JIMENA called on Secretary Mnuchin to rebuff those supporting, promoting and legitimizing Arab governments’ seizure of the property and patrimony of the Jewish people.
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