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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Spurring International Action to Remember the ‘Forgotten’ Mideast Jewish Refugees

Spurring International Action to Remember the ‘Forgotten’ Mideast Jewish Refugees
“For many reasons, awareness of our communities’ history is not at the level it should be. We welcome any opportunity to educate and engage diplomats and foreign dignitaries on the story of the ignored and forgotten Jewish refugees,” said JIMENA board member Nathaniel Malka. BY SHIRYN GHERMEZIAN (December 6, 2019 / JNS) Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan spoke at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday about Jewish refugees from the Middle East being largely forgotten, and that there needs to be more awareness of their plight. “It’s about time. That decision should have happened many, many years ago,” she told
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UN commemorates Jewish refugees from Middle East, North Africa

UN commemorates Jewish refugees from Middle East, North Africa

Arutz Sheva Staff, 05/12/19 01:03 On Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York, the Israeli Mission to the UN held an event to commemorate the Jewish refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, in coordination with JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa). This public event was heavily attended by ambassadors from around the world, UN officials, and members of the community, and featured speeches by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Elan Carr, the US State Department's Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr, and Sarah Idan, the former Miss Iraq. The
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UN Event to Highlight Jewish Refugees Expelled From Arab Countries

UN Event to Highlight Jewish Refugees Expelled From Arab Countries
by Karys Rhea NOVEMBER 19, 2019 An event will be held next month at the United Nations headquarters in New York to raise awareness in the international community about the nearly-one million Jewish refugees who were expelled from Arab countries around the time of the establishment of the State of Israel seven decades ago. Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan will be a keynote speaker at the gathering, which is being organized by Israel’s UN Mission and the Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMENA) organization. Share Tweet Print Email NOVEMBER 19, 2019 10:54 AM UN Event to
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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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