The Jews of Italy
By Miriam Camerini
Jews have been living in Italy since the last
centuries before Christ, even before the destruction of the second
Temple. They've adopted local music, food, language, style and
customs. There have been tough times, but overall it is a story of
and mutual respect. We'll explore the history of Jews during the Roman
the Middle Ages, the ghettos of Venice, Mantua and Rome through
World Wars and the present day.
The Bukharian Jews
By Ruben Shimonov
The experience of the native Jews of Central Asia - Bukharian Jews - is situated at a unique intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish identities. We will explore the eclectic story of this millennia-old Jewish community, discovering the ways in which Bukharian Jews have developed their multifaceted and rich culture, while also shedding light on how their journey fits into the broader historical saga of the Jewish people.
By Łukasz Godlewski
Before World War II, Warsaw was the second largest Jewish city in the world. After the Holocaust many survivors left Poland, but some stayed. In the last decades, young Polish people have discovered their Jewish roots which were often hidden by their parents and grandparents. I am one of them, and I want to share my family's story with you. I will also take you on a virtual tour of the Warsaw Ghetto remains and show you how Jewish life in Warsaw has revived.
Jews of Spain
By Victoria Atlas Prilutsky
Jewish History of Spain is one of the most glorious and most tragic passages in the history of Jewish People. For an hour and a half we'll be able to traipse together along those thrilling events and times: from the very beginning of Jewish presence and life in the Iberian peninsula, its flourishing, through its tragic interruption and into its recent revival (barely over a century ago).
By Joseph Benatov
Join us for a dynamic interactive trip through Bulgaria's rich Jewish heritage. You will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of the Bulgarian Sephardic Jews and the details surrounding the survival of 50,000 of them during the Holocaust. Joseph will also share personal family stories of growing up and being part of the country's vibrant. Jewish community.
The Jews in Argentina
By Cecilia Cohen
The presence of Jews in Argentina goes back to the expulsion from Spain.
In the late 19th century, masses of Ashkenazi immigrants fleeing Russia
and Eastern Europe settled the country, becoming one of the largest
Jewish communities in the world. Despite waves of antisemitism,
xenophobia and terrorism, Jews have become fully integrated in most
sectors of the society.
By Nisya Isman Allovi
The history of the Jews in Anatolia started 2400 years ago with the arrival of Romaniot, Mizrahim and Karaits followed later by Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews. We will examine ancient synagogues, Jewish settlements and cemeteries as well as important events of the two World Wars. Sephardic cuisine, music, Judeo Spanish language, and ethnographic will be explained. Finally we will explore today's vibrant Jewish life.
By M. Czimbalmos & D. Pataricza
The Jewish minority of Finland, numbering approximately 1200
people, is organised into two centers in Helsinki and Turku, which makes
it one of the northernmost Jewish communities in the world.
Finland is one of the few countries with an Eastern European (Litvak)
community that was unaffected by the Holocaust. Its double nature as an
Orthodox-rooted yet progressive Jewish congregation also makes it unique.
Stories of Jewish Budapest
By Dora Koranyi
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has one of the most fascinating Jewish cultures and history in Europe. It is a community that still flourishes in spite of the many difficulties it has had throughout its long history. I would like to invite you to a virtual tour, where I will share with you stories about this community, from the time of the Austrian empire, through the Holocaust and the communist era until our present time.
By Benito Gritzewsky
Among the earliest colonial settlers of Mexico were countless crypto-Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition. For the next 300 years they were persecuted to the point of total obscurity. Mexican independence brought freedom of worship, In the 20th Century, Mexico welcomed thousands of Jews fleeing the Middle East and Europe, who established the foundations of one of the world's most prosperous communities.
From Yemen to Israel
By Gavriella Bigio Dahan
The Jewish community of Yemen has existed since antiquity, but today
comprises less than 50 affiliated members. 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
By Mercédesz Czimbalmos
The history of the Sabbatarians dates back to 16th century Transylvania (today in Romania). The Sabbatarians, who were neither Jewish nor Christian, honoured the Sabbath and upheld most of the Jewish traditions. Their community acquired a deeper knowledge of rabbinical Judaism whilst adopting an increasingly strong Jewish identity. Most converted to Judaism at the end of the 19th century.
By Edwin Shuker
In 2015 Edwin Shuker flew to Baghdad with a film crew for a documentary that was being produced about the story of Jews in Iraq. He revisited his childhood home, which he had not seen since he escaped to England with his family when he was young. Over the course of the trip and production Edwin vividly relived his life and the life of 2000 years of Jewish history in Iraq. In this talk he will share that life with you.
Szeged and its Synagogue
By Dóra Pataricza
The renowned Jewish community of Szeged, in Hungary, stands as one of the most important in central Europe and is one of the very few countryside communities where, after the Holocaust, Jewish religious and communal life continued and is still taking place. It was Jewish architects who rebuilt Szeged after the great flood of 1879 and its "New Synagogue", from 1903, is the fourth largest in Europe.
By Joseph Vardakis
The presence of Jews in Greece dates back to antiquity. It was the epicenter of Sephardi culture and boasted a Greek-speaking Romaniote community as well as
Jews that settled there from all across Europe. However the Holocaust decimated the
community. Today Greek Jews are working to preserve their unique
heritage. We will explore this ancient, diverse and unique culture that has spanned more than two millenia.
Music of Sefarad
By Judith Cohen
Sefarad is both a geographical place and a concept - it's Spain and Portugal, and it's the centuries and continents of the Sephardic diaspora. Old ballads with hypnotizing stories, irresistible wedding songs, the popular love songs and songs of daily life will be presented both live and in archival recordings, with photos and stories of the Sephardim who kept this tradition alive against all odds. .
Balkan Sephardi Metropolises
By Joseph Benatov
As Sephardi Jews settled in the Ottoman Empire, Salonica became one of the most important centers of Jewish life. The city thus earned the monikers "Mother of Israel". Further inland, multiethnic Sarajevo was also home to a thriving Jewish community and was sometimes referred to as "Little Jerusalem".
Our talk will highlight some of the most important figures and events from the two Jewish metropolises.
The Sassoon Dynasty of Baghdad, Bombay and Shanghai
The Sassoon family, known as "Rothschilds of the East" due to the immense wealth they accumulated in finance and trade is of Baghdadi Jewish descent and international renown. It was based in Iraq, before moving to Bombay, India, and then spreading to China, England, and other countries. From the 18th century, the Sassoons were one of the wealthiest families in the world, with an empire spanning the entirety of Asia.
By Peninah Zilberman
Jews have been present in Romania since the Roman Empire. In modern times they were responsible for the successful economic development of the cities; nevertheless, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Communism marked Jewish existence in the past century. We will explore the many facets the Romanian Jewry is famous for and will also learn how Jewish life is celebrated and observed today in Romania.
From Ethiopia to Israel
By Zehava Tesfay
Ethiopian Jews lived for centuries isolated from other Jewish communities. In the later part of the 20th century most of them immigrated to Israel. We will embark on a journey from Ethiopia to Israel and learn about the Jewish Ethiopian community's way of life, traditions identity, strengths, and activism. We will also talk about the reality of life in Israel for the immigrants and for the second generation of Israeli-Ethiopians.
Jews of Belarus
D. Brunner and A. Livshyts
Belarus' Jewish story is rich, vital, traumatic, fascinating and barely spoken of. Jews here were part of the broader Lithuanian (Litvak) culture. Come on the journey through time and explore the story of Jewish Belarus across the centuries, its rich history with artists like Chagall and Rabbis like Gaon of Vilnius. Learn from the Jewish activists offering support, training and aid to Belarusian communities today.