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

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 Sunday, August 9

Polish Jews: Warsaw Ghetto remains and Jewish revival

Łukasz Godlewski

Before World War II, Warsaw was the second largest Jewish city in the world. After the Holocaust many survivors left Poland, but some stayed. In the last decades, young Polish people have been discovering their Jewish roots which was often hidden by their parents and grandparents.  I am one of them, and I want to share my family's story with you. I will also take you on a virtual tour of the Warsaw Ghetto remains and show you how Jewish life in Warsaw has revived. Read more and sign up

Sunday, August 16

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Golden Age, Silver Age: Jews of Spain yesterday and today

Dr. Victoria Atlas Prilutsky

Jewish History of Spain is one of the most glorious and most tragic passages in the history of Jewish People. For an hour and a half we'll be able to traipse together along those thrilling events and times: from the very beginning of Jewish presence and life in the Iberian peninsula, its flourishing, through its tragic interruption and into its recent revival (barely over a century ago) Read more and sign up

Sunday, August 23

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Jewish Bulgaria: A Virtual Sephardic Journey

Dr. Joseph Benatov 

Join us for a dynamic interactive trip through Bulgaria's rich Jewish heritage. You will have a chance to learn about the history and culture of the Bulgarian Sephardic Jews and the details surrounding the survival of 50,000 of them during the Holocaust. Joseph will also share personal family stories of growing up and being part of the country's vibrant. Jewish community.  Read more and sign up

Sunday, August 30

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From the boats to the Pampas: History of the Jews in Argentina

Cecilia Cohen

The presence of Jews in Argentina goes back to the expulsion from Spain. In the late 19th century, masses of Ashkenazi immigrants fleeing Russia and Eastern Europe settled the country, becoming one of the largest Jewish communities in the world. Despite waves of antisemitism, xenophobia and terrorism, Jews have become fully integrated in most sectors of the society.  We will explore this rich history and the special mixture of cultures in wich generations of Argentinian Jews have grown up with. A mix full of life and hopes. Read more and sign up

Sunday, September 6

Jewish Mexico: from Inquisition to prosperity

Benito Gritzewsky  Among the earliest colonial settlers of Mexico were countless crypto-Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition. For the next 300 years they were persecuted to the point of total obscurity. Mexican independence brought freedom of worship, and conversos gradually displayed their faith again. In the 20th Century, Mexico welcomed thousands of Jews fleeing the Middle East and Europe, and the foundations of a thriving community were established. By the 1950's it had become one of the world's most prosperous, which continues to thrive to this day. Read more and sign up

Past and Future Events

Turkish Jews: Jewish legacy in Anatolia and today's Turkey

Nisya Isman Allovi - Director of the Jewish Museum of Turkey        The history of the Jews in Anatolia started 2400 years ago with the arrival of Romaniot, Mizrahim and Karaits followed later by Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews. We will examine ancient synagogues, Jewish settlements and cemeteries belonging to different eras and traditions, as well as important events of WWI and WWII. Sephardic cuisine, music, Judeo Spanish language, ethnographic and liturgical objects from the museum collection will be explained. Finally we will explore today's vibrant Jewish life in Turkey. Sign up to know when this talk is happening again

Finland: Home of kosher reindeer and Kabbalat Shabbat at midnight

Mercédesz Czimbalmos and Dr. Dóra Pataricza

The Jewish minority of Finland, numbering approximately 1200 people, is organised into two centers in Helsinki and Turku, which makes it one of the northernmost Jewish communities in the world. Finland is one of the few countries with an Eastern European (Litvak) Jewish community that was unaffected by the Holocaust. Its double nature as an Orthodox-rooted yet progressive Jewish congregation also makes it unique in the world.  Sign up to know when this talk is happening again

From Yemen to Israel:Conversations with my Grandmother

Gavriella Bigio Dahan

The Jewish community of Yemen has existed since antiquity, but today comprises less than 50 affiliated members. 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. They and their descendants have made their mark in Israeli society and have contributed much to religious study, music, crafts and, of course, food. Sign up to know when this talk is happening again

Stories of Jewish Budapest: From affirmation to persecution and revival

Dora Koranyi

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has one of the most fascinating Jewish cultures and history in Europe. It is a community that still flourishes in spite of the many difficulties it has had throughout its long history. I would like to invite you to a virtual tour, where I will share with you stories about this community, from the time of the Austrian empire, through the Holocaust and the communist era until our present time. Sign up to know when this talk is happening again  

Two people, one womb:

The Jews of Italy

Miriam Camerini  

Jews have been living in Italy since the last centuries before Christ, even before the destruction of the second Temple. They've adopted local music, food, language, style and customs. There have been tough times, but overall it is a story of co-existence and mutual respect. We'll explore the history of Jews during the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the ghettos of Venice, Mantua and Rome through emancipation, World Wars and the present day. We'll discover language, poetry, music, theatre, liturgy and - of course - cuisine. Sign up to know when this talk is happening again

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: The Story of the Bukharian Jews

Ruben Shimonov

The experience of the native Jews of Central Asia - Bukharian Jews - is situated at a unique intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish identities.  We will explore the eclectic story of this millennia-old Jewish community, discovering the ways in which Bukharian Jews have developed their multifaceted and rich culture, while also shedding light on how their journey fits into the broader historical saga of the Jewish people.  Sign up to know when this talk is happening again