When the Mob Came for the Jews of Baghdad

When the Mob Came for the Jews of Baghdad
By Joseph Samuels, Wall Street Journal May 28, 2021 I was 10 when mobs attacked the Jewish community of Baghdad, my community, with cruel and unimaginable violence. Rioters maimed, raped, killed and robbed the unsuspecting Jews. This massacre, which began June 1, 1941, was called the Farhud, Arabic for “violent dispossession” or pogrom. The seeds of the Farhud had been sown two months earlier. On April 1, a pro-Nazi coup d’état overthrew the pro-British Iraqi government and seized power. The coup was staged by Rashid Ali al Gaylani, an Arab nationalist and former Iraqi prime minister, supported by four army generals,
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473, A Belonging Experience. 2021

473, A Belonging Experience. 2021
Opportunities and Challenges of Mizrahi and Sephardic Inclusion in Jewish Life, Source Sheet Text #1 Many Jews of color and diverse Jews are politically conservative — and many voted for Trump by Dr. Mijal Bitton. JTA, November 19, 2020 “In the course of my work, I have found three most prevalent fallacies that impair Jewish diversity projects: the idea that all diverse Jews are the same, that nonwhite or diverse Jews are all progressive, and rampant tokenism. Many have a well-meaning but mistaken impulse to flatten the differences within and between diverse Jewish populations. They assume that all Syrian Jews, for
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Sephardic Jews Included in California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Sephardic Jews Included in California's Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
March 19, 2021 (San Francisco, CA) Since 2019, JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, has been deeply involved in efforts to help the California Department of Education produce an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) that is free from bias and inclusive of the experiences of Jewish Americans. Yesterday, after eight hours of hearings, the State Board of Education unanimously approved the fourth draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. It is with the support and collaboration of JIMENA’s various community partners that we implemented an effective advocacy campaign that resulted in an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
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Letter to Secretary Blinken on Turkey MOU

Letter to Secretary Blinken on Turkey MOU
Honorable Antony Blinken Secretary of State US Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20502 Dear Secretary Blinken: We are writing on behalf of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, a San Francisco, CA based organization representing the heritage and rights of the one million Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who fled religious persecution or were ethnically cleansed from the region from the 20th century until today. On behalf of our members I would like to extend our congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of State and look forward
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Ensure that Antisemitism Lesson is Included in the Final Draft of California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Ensure that Antisemitism Lesson is Included in the Final Draft of California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
Sign Petition to Ensure Antisemitism Lesson is Included in California's Ethnic Studies Curriculum
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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
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JIMENA Statement on Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

JIMENA Statement on Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
November 20, 2020 JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa strongly supports the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) recommendations the California State Board of Education's Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) approved at its November 19th meeting. Now the IQC will be handing the State Board of Education an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum draft that is balanced and inclusive, as legislators intended when passing AB 2016, the groundbreaking legislation that spurred the creation of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.

The IQC agreed with 10,000 individuals who joined JIMENA’s call to create a comprehensive Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum by including
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Urgent Call to Action on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Urgent Call to Action on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
Our work is not done! Thanks to you, in September 10,000 people asked the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) of California’s State Board of Education to include JIMENA’s lesson “Antisemitism and Middle Eastern Jewish Americans.”
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The Abraham Accords and forgotten Mizrahi refugees

The Abraham Accords and forgotten Mizrahi refugees
Sharing the stories of the Mizrahi Jewish refugees with the Arab media and the Arab world may not only strengthen the peace Israel has established with these two Arab nations by showing Israel’s Middle Eastern roots, but also educate and enlighten the Arab masses about the Jewish refugees from the Middle East after 1948.
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California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum – Act Now!

California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum - Act Now!
On August 3, 2020, the California Department of Education released it second draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum and while a number of necessary changes were made, adequate instructional materials related to antisemitism are still missing. Furthermore, diverse Middle Eastern and North African communities and experiences are still excluded, including those of indigenous Middle Eastern-American Jews, also known as Mizrahi Jews.
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