From Yemen to Israel:

Conversations with my Grandmother

A Hunter Hillel & Qesher initiative

 Wed. November 18 - 1 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

The Jewish community of Yemen has existed since antiquity, but today comprises less than 50 affiliated members. Many traditions that were forgotten by the rest of world Jewry were preserved in their dedication to age-old customs in a country that took much longer to progress with the times. The past century saw the largest waves of immigration to Israel, among which my grandmother took part. Through conversations with her, I learned both of her personal ordeal as a child thrust into the unknown, as well as the changing way of life for Yemenites in Israel. While the isolated Yemenite Jews never took the lead in world Jewry, they and their descendants have made their mark in Israeli society and have contributed much to religious study, music, crafts and, of course, food.

About Gavriella

Gavriella Bigio Dahan leads the annual program of the 248 Community Action Network of the Jewish Agency, using her unique background to build community and to bridge the gaps between cultures. She is a former "shlicha" (emissary) to Finland and has worked with various Jewish communities around the globe in informal education and programming. She holds a Master's Degree in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and a BA in International Relations, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her spare time, she co-directs the Beit Prat Community Choir and leads Kabbalot Shabbat. Being passionate about the diversity of the Jewish people, she leads her peers in bringing songs of the past and present from around the Jewish world to her choir in Jerusalem.


A dontation will be made in Hunter-Hillel's name to the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, an organization that strives to provide both warm meals and a real community for lone soldiers (IDF soldiers without family in Israel).