Mizrahi Category

“…the mere notion of an Arab Jew, as some Mizrahis identify today themselves, is close to unthinkable in most mainstream media and consciousness. But the divide is not painful simply because it is denied. There is a history of political, economic and cultural oppression of Mizrahis and, as relatively recent scholarship establishes clearly, much of these elements are present to this day.”

Quick hit: Fatemeh Fakhraie over at Racialicious does a great job analyzing W magazine‘s big article on Persian Jews in Los Angeles. The first commenter sums it up well: On one hand, it’s nice to see some acknowledgment that non-Ashkenazi Jews and Jews of color exist. On the other, a representation that just plays on […]

Translated from HaOkets (“the sting”), a site run by Itzik Saporta and Yossi Dahan of the Adva Center, a non-partisan, action-oriented Israeli policy analysis center. It was founded in 1991 by activists from three social movements: the movement for equality for Mizrahi Jews, the feminist movement, and the movement for equal rights for Arab citizens. […]

Tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2009, Sami Shalom Chetrit will be giving a lecture entitled “White Jews, Black Jews: Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Relations in Israel” at the CUNY Graduate Center from 6:30-8:30pm. A dynamic writer, producing work across genres, Chetrit’s historical work unearths the socio-cultural and political realities and movements of Mizrahi life in Israel. I caught up […]

Ah, those New York Jews. Woody Allen, Philip Roth, Ed Koch, Alfred Kazin. Katz’s Deli, Zabar’s, Pastrami Sandwiches, Lox and Bagels, Matzoh Ball Soup, Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish. The Lower East Side. All one big Ashkenazi world. I was once told a story by Mickey Kairey, one of the patron saints of the Brooklyn Syrian […]

Ayala stood excited in front of more then one hundred people in a special poetry and music support event that was host and organized by the two poets and activists, Mati Shemoelof and Almog Behar. (photo taken by Moti Kikyon. from right to left: Mati Shemoelof and Almog Behar) The event took place at the […]

Yes, before we get to a round up of all the fabulous seder haggadot and supplements there are to behold, trust that there is a feasty delight about to happen. The Leonard Lopate Show is hosting a recipe swap, this time on Matzo balls, and wants you, their faithful listeners and community members, to chime […]

Parashat Terumah The Gift of Safe Space by Y. Gavriel A. Levi Ansara on Saturday February 24, 2007 6 Adar 5767 Exodus 25:1 – 27:19,Shabbat Parashat Terumah opens with G-d speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanding him in meticulous detail regarding the construction of the Mishkan, or “tabernacle,? the portable dwelling place of […]

At 5, he learned his primary colours. Red, blue, yellow. Except that the red wasn’t truly red, but a pinkish red that he later learned was called magenta, and the blue wasn’t really blue, but an electrical turquoise hue called cyan. At 13, he learned the colour of longing when his family abandoned the arid, […]