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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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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