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Ethnic Studies and Antisemitism Webinar
June 1 at 9 am PDT
With Lori Lowenthal Marcu Legal Director @The Deborah Project
Lori is the legal director and a litigator with The Deborah Project, a non-profit law firm that represents those who have been discriminated against in educational settings because they are Jewish and/or pro-Israel. Lori’s news articles, which focus on Israel, the greater Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora, have appeared in local, national and international news outlets including The Wall Street Journal.
Testimonies of the Farhud (Iraqi Pogrom)
On 1 June 1941 a pogrom, known as the Farhud, broke out in Baghdad. Over the course of 48 hours, homes and businesses were looted, and hundreds of Jews were injured and killed. The Farhud is widely recognized as an event inspired by Nazi ideology and marked a turning point in Iraqi-Jewish history.
Sephardi Voices UK documents the testimonies of Jews from the Middle East, North Africa and Iran. In this event, we will introduce the SVUK archive, explore testimonies of those who lived through the Farhud, and discuss the long-term effects of the Farhud on Baghdad’s Jews.
A Celebration of Jerusalem’s Reunification
June 1 5-6 pm PDT
Celebrity host, comedian Judy Gold and musical performance by Israeli duo Yonina.
During this celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, we will commemorate the 55th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War
Register at https://secure2.convio.net/wzoa/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=106011 sponsored by Hadassah
Matti Friedman: “Who by Fire:
Leonard Cohen in the Sinai”
Journalist and award winning author Matti Friedman sits down with AIPAC to discuss his newest book “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai.” The book details the little known story about Leonard Cohen’s concert tour on the front lines of the Yom Kippur War.
The little-known story of Leonard Cohen’s concert tour to the front lines of the Yom Kippur War, including never-before-seen selections from an unfinished manuscript by Cohen and rare photographs.
In October 1973, the poet and singer Leonard Cohen—thirty-nine years old, famous, unhappy, and at a creative dead end—traveled from his home on the Greek island of Hydra to the chaos and bloodshed of the Sinai desert when Egypt attacked Israel on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur. Moving around the front with a guitar and a group of local musicians, Cohen met hundreds of young soldiers, men and women at the worst moment of their lives. Those who survived never forgot the experience. And the war transformed Cohen. He had announced that he was abandoning his music career, but he instead returned to Hydra and to his family, had a second child, and released one of the best albums of his career. In Who by Fire, journalist Matti Friedman gives us a riveting account of those weeks in the Sinai, drawing on Cohen’s previously unpublished writing and original reporting to create a kaleidoscopic depiction of a harrowing, formative moment for both a young country at war and a singer at a crossroads.
The Inseparability of Zionism and Judaism
June 13 9 am
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsh is the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City and a co-author of One People Two Worlds: A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them.
Zionist Leader to Zionist Leader:
A Conversation with
Gusti Yehoshua Braverman
Gusti Yehoshua-Braverman is head of the Department for Organization and Connection with Israelis Abroad in the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Previously she was Chair of Diaspora Activities of the WZO; and previously Deputy Director of the Reform Movement in Israel; and Director of the Tamar Dance Company. Currently Chair of Irgun and connection to Israelis abroad in the World Zionist Organization. Formerly Chair of Diaspora activities of the World Zionist Organization and previously Deputy Director of the Reform Movement in Israel and Director of the Tamar Dance Company.She will speak about the importance of the World Zionist Organization in today’s world, her role in the WZO and 125 years of Zionism.
Register at https://secure2.convio.net/wzoa/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=106015 sponsored by Hadassah
View links to recordings of prior talks at http://IsraelUpdate.INFO