Jews of Algeria: French, Indigenous, or both?
Thursday, June 1
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
Join us for an overview of the history of Jews of Algeria before, during, and after the French presence there.
Sixty years have passed since the mass exodus of 130,000 Jews from Algeria. Of the 850,000 who fled Arab countries, the Jews of Algeria were unusual: they held French nationality, although the community was indigenous.
In recent years, many former Algerian Jews have spoken out about their mid-century exclusion from their generational homes. Was there something inherently antisemitic about Muslim culture in Algeria? Or were Jews and Muslims part of a shared brotherhood, who were divided by the French colonial government?
In this talk, we will discuss some of these issues while learning about the unique history and culture of the Algerian Jews.
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With your contribution, you will also be donating to Diarna (דיארנא ديارنا "Our homes" in Judeo-Arabic): The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, working to digitally preserve the physical remnants of Jewish history throughout the region.
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