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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Antisemitism and Jewish Middle Eastern-Americans

Antisemitism and Jewish Middle Eastern-Americans
Lesson Purpose and Overview: This lesson introduces students to antisemitism and its manifestations through the lens of Jewish Middle Eastern Americans, also known as Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, whose contemporary history is defined by recent struggles as targets of discrimination, prejudice and hate crimes in the United States and globally. Students will analyze and research narratives, primary, and secondary sources about Mizrahi Jews. The source analysis contextualizes the experience of Jewish Middle Eastern Americans within the larger framework of systems of power (economic, political, social). Essential Questions:
  • Who are Jewish Americans? Who are Jews of Middle Eastern descent?
  • What is
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Justice for Jews from Arab Countries with Dr. Stanley Urman. 6.18.20

Justice for Jews from Arab Countries with Dr. Stanley Urman. 6.18.20
As part of JIMENA's Together at Home programming, on June 18th, 2020 JIMENA's Executive Director, Sarah Levin interviewed Dr. Stanley Urman on the history of efforts to pursue recognition, justice, and redress for former Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. The event was recorded and can be viewed by clicking here. Dr. Urman prepared this accompanying memo for participants to learn more about the subject us justice for Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

LEGAL RESOURCES TO BE FOUND AT: http://justiceforjews.com/legal.html

Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries: Case for Rights and Redress JJAC Committee
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14 Sephardic Orthodox rabbis say Passover Seder can be held via videoconference

14 Sephardic Orthodox rabbis say Passover Seder can be held via videoconference
In what may be one of the boldest rulings issued on technology in recent years, several Sephardic Orthodox rabbis in Israel have declared that families may conduct their shared Seder over videoconference. While Orthodox religious law normally bans the use of electronic devices on Shabbat and festivals, the ruling, signed by 14 rabbis, permits the use of software to connect the elderly to their families on the first night of Passover. The written ruling (Hebrew) comes as leaders are warning the elderly not to heighten their chance of coronavirus infection by meeting with young relatives — and as Israeli families are discussing the
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Coping with the Current Covid 19 Situation

Coping with the Current Covid 19 Situation
FROM INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH IDEAS AND IDEALS Get some fresh air. At least twice a day or as much as you can -even while in quarantine. Even just sitting next to an open window and breathing deeply with eyes closed can be a virtual break from sitting around inside. Get some SUN. Again, as much as you can- especially if you are in quarantine. Exposure to direct sunlight helps your body make Vitamin D. Find a sunny spot in your house/apartment/yard and soak up some rays for 15-30 minutes (unless, of course, it's cloudy). WRITE something. Encourage your grandchildren
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