The Jews of Kurdistan: A Land of Jewish Heritage, and Potential Reconciliation

Thursday,  October 19

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Jews from Kurdistan have a documented history going all the way back to the Bible, and there are hundreds of thousands of Jews whose ancestors immigrated from Kurdistan to the present-day State of Israel.

In this talk presented by Levi Meir Clancy, a researcher who lived in the Kurdistan region for almost eight years, we will learn about the unique Jewish history of Kurdistan, including famous heritage sites and major historical figures, and visit the  Assyrian, Kurdish, Ezidi, Turkomani, and other communities that have lived alongside them.

We will also explore how to navigate and understand Jewish- Muslim relations through the context of the overall Kurdish-Muslim world, including how to make sense of competing messages rooted in antisemitism, so-called philo-semitism, and hopes for a better tomorrow.

About Levi

Levi Meir Clancy is a researcher and consultant from Los Angeles, who has spent most of his adult life in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He was born into a mixed Okinawan and Ashkenazi family, completed his baccalaureate degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA, and his master's degree in Applied Demography, with a focus on tribal structures in the Kurdistan Region, at Penn State. He has spoken at TEDxDuhok, AMP Conf, and GSMA Mobile 360.

Levi is also the co-founder of "Foundation of Ours", which conducted first-of-its-kind, in-person events around the Kurdistan Region that taught about the region's multi-faith history. For his outspoken advocacy on Jewish life in the Islamic world, he survived being a political prisoner as well as attempts against his life. Today, he is based in the United States and Israel.

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