The Jews of Yemen and a Journey on the Magic Carpet
Thursday, March 16
USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET
UK 7:00 pm / France 08:00 pm / Israel 09:00 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
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 of Yemenite and Syrian descent, grew up in the US and Israel and loves the diversity of the Jewish people.
She holds a Master's Degree in
Conflict Resolution and a BA in International Relations, both from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Gavriella has worked with various Jewish communities and organizations around the globe in informal education and programming such as the Jewish Agency, Masa and others.
She is currently a "shlicha" to the Jewish community and Israeli ex-pat community of Athens.
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