Jewish Indigeneity to Israel

Jewish Indigeneity to Israel
By Sarah Levin October 15, 2021 Late last night as I was falling asleep, I was reading a narrative cartoon from Jewish Currents called “When Settler Becomes Native.” I was jolted up out of bed when I saw a cartoon image of myself with a quote from a JTA article I wrote about my efforts to ensure Jewish history was included in California’s Ethnic Studies program. I asserted that, thanks to new material from JIMENA, “Students will not be taught the lie that Jews are somehow foreign interlopers in our ancestral homeland. Instead, students will learn that all Jews are
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Protect Jewish Cultural Property

Protect Jewish Cultural Property
Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S. Department of State has signed multiple MOU cultural property agreements which transfer ownership of confiscated Jewish communal and private property to Middle Eastern and North African governments. Sign petition demanding the U.S. recognize, in the clearest terms, that Torah scrolls, Jewish manuscripts, and Jewish cultural materials are rightfully owned by Jewish individuals and communities.
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JIMENA Letter to Secretary Blinken on Turkey MOU

JIMENA Letter to Secretary Blinken on Turkey MOU
March 2, 2021 Honorable Antony Blinken Secretary of State
US Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20502 Dear Secretary Blinken: I am 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
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Iran Sponsors and Foments Anti-Semitism, but Its People Embrace Israel

Iran Sponsors and Foments Anti-Semitism, but Its People Embrace Israel
The Iranian regime's ayatollahs constitute the world's leading state sponsor of anti-Semitism, but Iranians reject their government's hateful ideology. The delegation we will lead today, organized by the Iranian-American Institute for Voices of Liberty (iVOL), is living proof that peace some day is possible among the United States, Iran and Israel. It will be the first time that non-Jewish Iranian expatriates and former political prisoners, side-by-side with American friends, visit the Jewish state. This solidarity mission is to the same Israel that the Iranian regime seeks to wipe off the face of the earth with a nine-point plan tweeted by
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JIMENA Journey to Yemen

JIMENA Journey to Yemen
As part of JIMENA's Journey to the Middle East series, in July, 2021 JIMENA hosted a conversation with the Yemeni human rights organization, INSAF: Defending Freedom and Minorities about religious minority rights in Yemen. Participants learned more about the situation a of Levi Marhabi, a Jewish man detained by the Iranian-backed Houthis rebels in Yemen for four years, despite a court ordering his release in September 2019. 
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JIMENA’s YP Sephardic Brunch

JIMENA's YP Sephardic Brunch
We are back!

Join us for JIMENA's Sephardic brunch for young professionals in the South Bay with good friends, great food, and music.

Meet the Sephardic community of the Bay Area, have a delicious Sephardic Israeli brunch and learn about ways to get involved with JIMENA. The event is for Jewish young adults from all backgrounds.

Sunday, July 25th at 1:00 pm PT
Sunnyvale, CA


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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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