JIMENA’s Sephardic Leaders Fellowship Cohort 5 LA Edition

JIMENA's Sephardic Leaders Fellowship Cohort 5 LA Edition
We are thrilled to announce the commencement of the fifth cohort of the Sephardic Leaders Fellowship, who embarked on their journey with an enriching day-long opening retreat. During this retreat, they were introduced to the fellowship's innovative curriculum, which places a strong emphasis on positive leadership development. Cohort 5 comprises a diverse, LA-based group of emerging leaders actively involved in the Jewish community, both in lay and professional capacities.

Participants hail from esteemed institutions such as:
Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Alliance for Jewish Theatre
StandWithUs
Jewish Women International
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center
Centered Community Foundation
Persian Girl Podcast
Hope Integrative Psychiatry
Stryker Lionsgate
Nessah Educational

A Tour Through the Sephardi & Mizrahi Education Toolkit

A Tour Through the Sephardi & Mizrahi Education Toolkit
Join JIMENA for a Tour of the Sephardi & Mizrahi Education Toolkit with editor Dr. Elana Riback Rand and Ty Alhadeff, JIMENA’s Director of Education.

Empower yourself as an educator with comprehensive resources and expert guidance, paving the way towards fostering inclusive school environments through the Sephardi & Mizrahi Education Toolkit.
Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27
11:30 AM PST| 2:30 PM EST | 9:30 PM Israel Time

RSVP: bit.ly/sepharditoolkit



Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Public Comment

Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Public Comment
Instruction for Public Comment to the State Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, March 18th at 8:30AM PT The California State Board of Education will be voting on the fourth draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, which was recommended by the California Department of Education on March 8th, 2021. The sample lessons, including the lessons on Jewish Americans can be found in Chapter 4 here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/cdereceditsesmc.asp State Board of Education Meeting Agenda for March 2021: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr21/agenda202103.asp Live Webcast for SBE Meeting: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/lv/index.asp PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES For State Board of Education (Day 3 Meeting on Thursday, March 18th. 8:30AM Public

Jewish Communal Request to CA State Board of Education

Jewish Communal Request to CA State Board of Education
February 26, 2021 Updated March 12, 2021 To California State Board of Education Members: Next week you will be tasked with approving an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) with the aim of helping California students become engaged and empathetic global citizens. We, representing our Nation’s prominent Jewish institutions, join 15,000 members of the public in expressing our gratitude for the California Department of Education's (CDE) recommendation that the State Board of Education include the “Antisemitism and Jewish Middle Eastern-Americans" lesson in the ESMC. We ask that you:
  1. Approve the CDE’s recommendation to include the “Antisemitism and Jewish Middle Eastern-Americans" lesson

Bay Area Sephardic Leaders Fellowship

Bay Area Sephardic Leaders Fellowship
This six-month program is designed for Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communal professionals, lay leaders, and allies, to gain traditional Middle-Eastern Jewish knowledge, build a community of practice and friendship, and learn new leadership skills. Accepting applications

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

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.

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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