From the Ghetto to the Mainstream

From the Ghetto to the Mainstream

Linda Abdul Aziz Menuhin, The Tel Aviv Review of Books, 11/01/2020

Arabic music in Israel has achieved great success over the last two decades.

Senior Sephardi rabbi rethinks criticism of racial inclusivity commission

Senior Sephardi rabbi rethinks criticism of racial inclusivity commission

Adam Decker, Jewish News, 09/12/2020

Rabbi Joseph Dweck backs the Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity after initially criticising its terms of reference.

L.A. Jewish Iranian Women Speak Out About Divisions and Unity

L.A. Jewish Iranian Women Speak Out About Divisions and Unity

Michelle Naim, Jewish Journal, 08/11/2020

Persia doesn’t exist anymore … but Persian Jews use that term because I think it invokes a time when they felt they lived in a country where there was religious pluralism and where the Jewish community was being respected.

American Jewry Has a Blind Spot Regarding Mizrahi Jews

American Jewry Has a Blind Spot Regarding Mizrahi Jews

Nave Dromi, Jewish Journal, 07/11/2020

The recent discussion about “Jews of Color,” who fit this identity and whose numbers relative to the total Jewish population are significant, has once again exposed a blind spot in American Jewry.

Israel’s Banai dynasty – Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune

Israel's Banai dynasty - Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune

Barry Davis, The Jerusalem Post, 07/02/2020

A new exhibition at the Tower of David Museum tells the truly remarkable story of an Israeli musical and cultural dynasty from the most unlikely of beginnings.

Inside Elat Market: The grocery store at the nexus of Los Angeles’ Persian Jewish community

Inside Elat Market: The grocery store at the nexus of Los Angeles’ Persian Jewish community

Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 06/15/2020

Elat Market has everything needed for a Shabbat meal to make any Persian Jewish grandma proud — from Persian classics like seeded flatbreads, smoked fish and pickled vegetables to Israeli-style hummus and tahini.

Persian Singer Embraces Multiple Roles: Band Leader, Scholar, and Teacher

Persian Singer Embraces Multiple Roles: Band Leader, Scholar, and Teacher

Team Be’chol Lashon, Jewish&, 05/12/2020

Mizrachi music is the soundtrack we need for this moment.

How Shakshuka and Other Middle Eastern Dishes Turned Into Iconic ‘Jewish Food’

How Shakshuka and Other Middle Eastern Dishes Turned Into Iconic 'Jewish Food'

Rafram Chaddad and Yigal Nizri, Haaretz, 11/21/2019

Taking what Jews and Arabs have cooked for generations and attaching the label 'Israeli' to it is culinary injustice.

Paradise Lost – An Iraqi Jewish Story

Paradise Lost - An Iraqi Jewish Story

Aron Hirt-Manheimer and Tamar Ruben, Reformjudaism.org, 10/15/2019

interview with Tamara Ruben