WAR-TORN YEMEN DEMANDS RETURN OF JEWISH TREASURES NOW IN THE U.S.

WAR-TORN YEMEN DEMANDS RETURN OF JEWISH TREASURES NOW IN THE U.S.
The demand by the Yemeni government was filed with the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and a hearing was held on late October. BY ALEX WINSTON OCTOBER 31, 2019 09:44 Jerusalem Post War-torn Yemen demands return of Jewish treasures now in the U.S. YEMENITE FAMILIES are shown in 1951 at Givat Ye’arim, a moshav just west of Jerusalem, whose initial residents arrived in Israel as part of the airlift of Jews from Yemen. (GPO). (photo credit: GPO) Yemen's government has filed a request for a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the US State Department in an attempt to claim ownership over
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Jewish Diversity and Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews

Jewish Diversity and Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews
September 16, 2019 By Sarah Levin for E Jewish Philanthropy When I first started my work at JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa – an organization committed to advancing and protecting the heritage and histories of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, I had the opportunity to sit with a prominent member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community and introduce her to our work. Half-way through our meeting, she interrupted and said, “So JIMENA is an organization for Jews of Color.” I replied that, “JIMENA doesn’t focus on issues of race, but on ensuring the heritage
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Writing a new chapter in education about Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews

Writing a new chapter in education about Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews
BY MAYA MIRSKY | SEPTEMBER 19, 2019. J Weekly Making diversity a focus of study at Jewish schools is not new. But JIMENA, which promotes awareness of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa, wants to make sure that the diversity conversation includes Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews. That is the goal of the nonprofit’s recently launched curriculum for Jewish schools. “It’s a question of telling the stories of all students in the classroom,” said curriculum author Tamar Zaken, associate director at HaMaqom|The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica). JIMENA executive director Sarah Levin said the curriculum — which includes 12 lesson plans
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New app makes it easy to preserve Jewish refugee stories

New app makes it easy to preserve Jewish refugee stories
By Tova Ricardo for J. Jewish News of Northern California July 26, 2019 JIMENA, an S.F.-based international organization that works for the recognition and rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran, has released an English version of an oral storytelling app called “Seeing the Voices.” Developed in partnership with Israel’s Ministry for Social Equality, the app was released last month on World Refugee Day, June 20. It is available for both iPhones and Android phones. According to JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa), the app “is part of a $2.6 million initiative …
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Disagreements and Decisions: Natan’s 2019-2020 Grants

Disagreements and Decisions: Natan’s 2019-2020 Grants
July 21, 2019  |  By Felicia Herman Change My Mind: How We Make Decisions
In my ongoing effort to try to understand the dismaying and hurtful divisiveness of our current cultural and political moment, I recently read Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, a masterful analysis of a vast amount of scientific literature on how people form moral judgements and “why good people are divided by politics and religion.” I wasn’t expecting - though I also wasn’t surprised by - Haidt’s argument that groups made up of people with diverse viewpoints are more effective and rational decision-makers than individuals: We must
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JIMENA Launches English Version of Oral History Mobile Application to Document Stories of Jewish Refugees from North Africa and the Middle East

JIMENA Launches English Version of Oral History Mobile Application to Document Stories of Jewish Refugees from North Africa and the Middle East
On this World Refugee Day, JIMENA is excited to announce the launch of the English version of an Israeli mobile application, “Seeing the Voices” which is part of a $2.6m initiative spearheaded by Israel’s Ministry of Social Equality to build an international Oral History archive of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews sharing their personal stories.
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Tunisia’s Prime Minister joins guests as Jews celebrate a unique Lag Ba’Omer festival

Tunisia's Prime Minister joins guests as Jews celebrate a unique Lag Ba’Omer festival
The Jewish Chronicle May 23, 2019 By SIMON ROCKER A man in a red chachia, a traditional Tunisian hat, heads up the pathway towards the Ghriba, the oldest synagogue in Djerba, urged on by a small crowd and a darbouka drum. What is unusual is that he is walking on all fours. Most participants in the annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba, which takes place over Lag Ba’Omer, do not make such a dramatic entrance.
But some visitors take a vow that “if God helps me, I will crawl to El Ghriba,” explained Rabbi Israel Elia, the minister of London’s Spanish and
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Marc Lamont Hill Slams Mizrahi Jews as ‘Identity Category’ of Palestinians

Marc Lamont Hill Slams Mizrahi Jews as 'Identity Category' of Palestinians
Jerusalem Post May 22, 2019 By SETH FRANTZMAN In a Facebook post on May 20 slamming Hen Mazzig’s article in The LA Times, American academic and activist Marc Lamont Hill described Mizrahi Jews as an “identity category” that had been detached “from Palestinian identity.” CNN severed ties with Hill last year after anti-Israel comments. Hill’s latest excoriation of Israel, posted to his 90,000 followers, followed Mazzig’s argument that Israel is not a country of “privileged and powerful white Europeans.” Mazzig sought to emphasize the role of Mizrahi Jews in Israeli history and condemned the tendency of critics to define Israelis
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There’s No One Way To Look Jewish

There’s No One Way To Look Jewish
Refinery 29 Because we’re tired of hearing, “Funny, you don’t look Jewish.”LAUREN LE VINE. MAY 13, 2019, Why is May 2019 different from all other months? It’s Jewish American Heritage Month for one, a period that feels especially important to mark given the rising insecurity coursing through Jewish American life. Because visibility is more important than ever before, Refinery29 brings you our celebration of Jewish American culture. L’chaim!There is no template for a Jewish woman. Again: There is no template. We don’t all have frizzy hair and big noses that will, according to the trope of the Jewish American Princess, be “fixed” as a
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