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.
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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With your contribution you will also be donating 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).
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