On June 23, 2014 the Government of Israel adopted a law, which designates November 30th as an annual, national day of commemoration for the one million Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century. The law, which is the culmination of several years of hard work and dedication by an international team of Mizrahi Justice advocates, entails commemoration events and the inclusion of Mizrahi history into schools’ curriculum.
At the forefront of the North American movement to uphold the Day of Commemoration is the San Francisco-based JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, a nonprofit that seeks universal recognition of the Mizrahi refugee experience and heritage. JIMENA has a range of educational and cultural programs for college campuses and young adult groups in North America throughout the month of November
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