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Diwaniyah, Iraq, 1944. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, ANU – The Museum of the Jewish People, courtesy of Samir Mualem

The Land of Babylon – the Jews of Iraq

Course in Hebrew

Mondays, once in two weeks, at 4.15pm

Course producer: Rivka Aderet rivka@anumuseum.org.il

Academic counselor: Ariella Amar

Program:

Monday, November 8, 2021

  • “A Steamboat from Bombay to Baghdad and Back” – on David Sasson‘s “Journey from Babylon”. Ariella Amar
  • The Musicians’ immigration of the 1950’s. On the Zuzu Musa orchestra in Israel. Ariel Cohen, musical director in the Firqat Alnoor orchestra.

Monday, November 22, 2021

  • Chalery Baghdad – film by Eyal Halfon about the great musicians from Baghdad. Film and Q&A with the director, Eyal Halfon
  • The Jewish community of Iraq. Items from the collections of Ben Zvi Institute. Dr. Lavi Shay, library and archives director

Monday, December 20, 2021

  • The New Babylon – Jewish Intellectuals in the Iraqi State. Prof. Orit Bashkin
  • The work of the Arab-Jewish author Samir Naqqash. Dr. Almog Behar

Monday, January 3, 2022

  • Film: The life of Frank Iny. Carole Basri, granddaughter of the Jewish-Iraqi philanthropist Frank Iny, tells his story. A meeting with the film’s creators, Carole Basri and Adriana Davis
  • Iraqi identity between Ramat Gan and London. Prof. Daniel Monterescu

Monday, January 24, 2022

  • Illustrations on Hagadot, books and manuscripts of the Jews of Baghdad. Prof. Shalom Sabar
  • Traditional praises and piyutim of Babylonian Jews. With musician Elad Gabay

Monday, February 7, 2022

  • Positive psychology in the philosophy of Yosef Hayim, the great Baghdadi hakham. Dr. Hezi Cohen
  • The Jewish community of Kirkuk, “city of black gold”. Idan Barir

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • Various dialects of the Jews of Iraq. Dr. Assaf Bar Moshe
  • Farhud – the Kristallnacht of the Jews of Iraq. With Haaretz reporter, Ofer Aderet

Monday, March 7, 2022

  • From Baghdad to Gan Shmuel. Ran Cohen, former MK and minister, following his book “Said”
  • Rare footage about the Jews of Baghdad, from the museum’s collections. Rivka Aderet
  • Findings from the Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Linda Abdul Aziz Menuhin, digital media advisor, journalist and Arab affairs commentator.

Monday, March 14, 2022

  • Special concluding event. TBA

All lectures are held in Hebrew

Series Price: 600 ILS


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