Reflecting on 2,600 years of Babylonian Jewry thru history (Maurice Shohet), food (Vered Guttman – cooking demo) and music (Loolwa Khazzoom)
The outbreak of mob violence against Baghdadi Jewry, known as the Farhud, erupted on June 1, 1941, during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The U.N. recognizes June 1st as #InternationalFarhudDay. It was a turning point in the history of Iraqi Jews. Join us to honor the memories of those who were lost by learning about the Farhud, as well as the cuisine and musical tradition of Iraqi & Babylonian Jewry. #Iraq #IraqiJews #Shavuot1941
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Maurice Shohet – “Commemorating the Farhud & 2,600 Years of Babylonian Jewry”. Maurice Shohet is Managing Editor of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Arabic-language website, President of World Organization of Jews from Iraq, and a Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC Board Member. Maurice is also an Iraqi Jew, born and raised in Baghdad. His personal family history is represented in the Iraqi Jewish Archives.
Vered Guttman – “Food & Memory: Cooking Demo of Aunt Toya’s Tbeet – Iraqi Jewish stuffed chicken for Sabbath”. Vered Guttman is a food writer for Haaretz, focusing on Israeli & Jewish food. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post and Moment Magazine, among others. A chef of Jewish-Iraqi descent, Vered cooked for President Obama’s Passover seder in 2014.
Loolwa Khazzoom – “Connecting Past, Present & Future Through Music”. Loolwa Khazzoom is an Iraqi-American Jewish educator, writer, and ‘Iraqis in Pajamas’ band frontwoman, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, and Rolling Stone.
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