SEPHARDIC COMMUNAL LETTER DENOUNCING ANTISEMITIC STATEMENTS MADE BY CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER

SEPHARDIC COMMUNAL LETTER DENOUNCING ANTISEMITIC STATEMENTS MADE BY CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADER
July 28, 2021 To Governor Gavin Newsom, California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks, and Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel: We, the organizations listed below, represent Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities in the state of California. We are writing to express our denunciation with multiple antisemitic statements made by California Democratic Party (CDP) leader Hussam Ayloush. As an institution whose mission is to be a “leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding” and whose Los Angeles Executive Director, Hussam Ayloush, currently serves as an Assembly District Delegate to the CDP, we are deeply concerned by CAIR LA’s role in influencing California’s Democratic
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Local Jewish groups worked for years to fix the California ethnic studies curriculum

Local Jewish groups worked for years to fix the California ethnic studies curriculum
(JTA) — We all know the saying: two Jews, three opinions. But for once, the controversy around California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum seemed to be an exception. In 2016, California passed legislation requiring that the state Board of Education adopt an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, or ESMC, for high school students, hoping to better represent the diversity of students within the state. The first draft, released in August 2019, unfortunately contained anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have made ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement, noting in a September statement that the
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Learning with JIMENA: A Series on Insights from Leaders in the Field

Learning with JIMENA: A Series on Insights from Leaders in the Field
When Israel was founded, 650,000 of the one million Sephardic Jews from Middle Eastern and North African countries fled to Israel as stateless refugees and today their descendants comprise more than half of Israel’s Jewish population. The remaining refugees dispersed to countries throughout the world, and their experiences have been ignored and forgotten.
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Defying the darkness with the light of peace

Defying the darkness with the light of peace
Defying the darkness with the light of peace by JIMENA Co-founder, GIna Bublil-Waldman
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Take Action Now! Demand an Inclusive Ethnic Studies Curriculum and Reject Antisemitism

Take Action Now! Demand an Inclusive Ethnic Studies Curriculum and Reject Antisemitism
Sign petition to amplify California’s 11 leading Mizrahi and Sephardic communal organizations’ demands for an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum adheres to state requirements.
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JIMENA Principles for Ethnic Studies

JIMENA Principles for Ethnic Studies
JIMENA is sharing our four core principles that we ask the State of California to follow in the development of their Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. We believe these principles are vitally important in producing an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum that is representative, equitable, and free of bias.
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Ethnic Studies Update

Ethnic Studies Update
JIMENA is deeply troubled by last minute recommendations by California Department of Education to include content on Arab Americans which will not be available for public review. While JIMENA supports the inclusion of Middle Eastern-American experiences, it is our hope that the revised Ethnic Studies Curriculum will make clear that under the “broadly defined umbrella of Asian Studies” are Mizrahi Jews and other Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) groups which represent 60% of California’s Middle Eastern community but have been have been excluded from both drafts of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.
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JIMENA Buddy System

JIMENA Buddy System
JIMENA’s Buddy System was created to ensure that elder members of our community are connected and cared for during the Covid-19 crisis. As so many of us are alone with limited opportunities for social interaction, this is a chance for individuals of all ages to be paired with a caring JIMENA member for weekly check-ins via facetime, zoom, or just the good old phone. We are specifically interested in pairing older members of our community with a buddy to talk to, problem-solve with, and check-in with. We are seeking French, Hebrew, Spanish, Farsi, and English- speaking individuals of all ages to
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Sephardic Streaming Movies for Staying Home

Sephardic Streaming Movies for Staying Home
A compilation as of April 28, 2020. Please email info@jimena.org to suggest titles and links to additional streaming films. NETFLIX
  • The Angel: As his country prepares for war, top Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan makes contact with Israel and wades into a shadowy game of high-stakes espionage.
  • Huge in France: Gad Elmaleh is a famous comedian -- in France. But he faces an emotional crossroads and decides to leave his fame -- and the associated celebrity perks -- behind to move to Los Angeles. There, he hopes to reconnect with his estranged, comedy-hating teenage son.

Remembering the Ethnic Cleansing of Egypt’s Jews

Remembering the Ethnic Cleansing of Egypt’s Jews
by Adam Levick algemeiner January 15, 2020 A January 13 article in the UK outlet The Times (“Prayers to be held as Jews mark return of synagogue”) touched upon the fact that over 99% of Egypt’s Jewish population left the country in the years following World War II: During the liberal era in Egypt in the first half of the 20th century, Jews played important roles in Egyptian political, economic, and cultural life, with 25,000 of the country’s estimated population of 80,000 Jews living in Alexandria. Nearly all left after the founding of Israel in 1948 and during subsequent conflicts
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