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 Middle Eastern-American Jews

Antisemitism and Middle Eastern-American Jews
Lesson Purpose and Overview: This two-part lesson introduces students to antisemitism and its manifestations through the lens of Middle Eastern Jews whose history of the past are defined by recent struggles of discrimination and prejudice in the United States. Students will analyze narratives, primary and secondary sources of the forgotten indigenous Jews of the Middle East and North Africa while contextualizing them within the larger framework of systems of power (economic, political, social) that manifested in the forms of forced migration, prejudice, and oppression. Their personal histories are defined by past and recent struggles of discrimination, prejudice and hate
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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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Lost 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible found on dusty Cairo synagogue shelf

Lost 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible found on dusty Cairo synagogue shelf
While attempting to document Egyptian synagogues, an Israeli historian stumbles upon a massive, well-preserved 616-page codex that was written in 1028 By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN24 February 2020, 3:58 pm In July 2017, Israeli historian Yoram Meital stumbled upon a handwritten 1028 CE biblical codex that was lying abandoned on a dusty shelf in a Cairo synagogue. Wrapped in simple white paper of the sort one finds on tables in cheap eateries, at 616 pages, the Zechariah Ben ‘Anan Manuscript is one of the era’s most complete and preserved examples of the “Writings,” the third and concluding section of the Hebrew Bible.
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Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees
By Jennifer Peltz. December 3, 2019. AP News UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called “the ‘forgotten’ Jewish refugees.” “We don’t hear the international community speak of them when they discuss the refugees of the conflict, perhaps because it doesn’t serve the Palestinian narrative,” Danon said, accusing the international community of taking a one-sided approach
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Arab states are claiming the heritage of their expelled Jews

Arab states are claiming the heritage of their expelled Jews
Lyn Julius. November 26/JNS The international community’s wish to prevent the looting of ancient artifacts is understandable, but shouldn't apply in the case of the Middle East’s persecuted Jewish communities. (November 26, 2019 / JNS) On or around Nov. 30, Jewish communities around the world will be holding events to remember the mass exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Almost a million people were displaced in the past 50 years, leaving billions of dollars’ worth of property behind. Not only have Arab governments never compensated Jews for their stolen homes and businesses, they are waging a pernicious
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Take Action: Sign Petition to Protect Jewish Cultural Property

Take Action: Sign Petition to Protect Jewish Cultural Property
Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S, government continues to sign cultural property agreements which transfer ownership of confiscated Jewish communal and private property to Arab governments. The U.S Department of State is currently considering MOU Cultural Property Agreement requests from Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. Join us to demand the U.S. consider the rights and requests of Jews and religious minorities from the Middle East and North Africa before signing any further agreement. Since 2003, the US Department of State and various government agencies and leaders have led initiatives that officially recognize Arab governments cultural
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Yemen claims ownership of Jewish artifacts smuggled out of the country

Yemen claims ownership of Jewish artifacts smuggled out of the country
By Eben Brown | Fox News Watch the latest video at foxnews.com A century ago, Yemen boasted one of the largest Jewish populations in the world. But wars, terrorism, and violence targeting this minority forced most of them to flee for their lives, with many settling in the United States or Israel. When Jews fled Yemen, they took along their highly-valued religious items and artifacts. One such item is a Torah Scroll, believed to be hundreds of years old, that was smuggled out of Yemen to Israel by the family of Manny Dahari. Dahari's family has owned the scroll for
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