The Jews of Yemen and a Journey on the Magic Carpet

Sunday, May 8

USA (10:30 am PST / 1:30 pm EST)

UK 6:30 pm / France 7:30 pm / Israel 8:30 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

The Jewish community of Yemen has existed since antiquity, but today comprises just a handful of 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 is a "Donor Missions Manager" in the Jewish Agency's Financial Resource Development department. 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.

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