Diwaniyah, Iraq, 1944. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, courtesy of Samir Mualem

The Jews of Iraq

Course in Hebrew

Tuesdays, once in two weeks, at 4.15pm

Course producer: Rivka Aderet [email protected]

Academic counselor: Ariella Amar


Tuesday, November 24

  • David Sasson‘s “A Journey from Babilon”. Ariella Amar
  • The Musician’s immigration of the 1950’s. On the Zuzu Musa orchestra in Israel. Ariel Cohen, musical director in the Firqat Alnoor orchestra.

Tuesday, December 8

  • Chalery Baghdad – film by Eyal Halfon about the great musicians from Baghdad. Film and meeting with the director, Eyal Halfon
  • Jewish Intellectuals in the Iraqi State. Prof. Orit Bashkin

Tuesday, December 22

  • The work of the Arab-Jewish author Samir Naqqash. Dr. Almog Behar
  • The Jewish community of Iraq. Items from the collections of Ben Zvi Institute. Dr. Lavi Shay, library and archives director

Tuesday, January 5

  • Film: The life of Frank Iny. Carole Basri, granddaughter of the Jewish-Iraqi philanthropist Frank Iny, tells his story. A meeting with the film’s creators, Carole Basri and Adriana Davis
  • Iraqi identity between Ramat Gan and London. Prof. Daniel Monterescu

Tuesday, January 19

  • The philosophy of Yosef Hayim, the great Baghdadi hakham. Dr. Hezi Cohen
  • Various dialects of the Jews of Iraq. Dr. Assaf Bar Moshe

Tuesday, February 2

  • The Jewish community of Kirkuk. Idan Barir
  • Illustrations on Hagadot, books and manuscripts of the Jews of Baghdad. Prof. Shalom Sabar

Tuesday, February 16

  • The political fights over the chief rabbinate in Baghdad during the 18-19 centuries. Prof. Yaron Harel
  • Praise singing of the Jews of Baghdad. Prof. Edwin Sarousi

Tuesday, March 2

  • From Baghdad to Gan Shmuel. Ran Cohen, former MK and minister, following his book “Said”
  • Rare footage about the Jews of Baghdad, from the museum’s collections. Rivka Aderet
  • Findings from the Facebook page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Linda Abdul Aziz Menuhin, digital media advisor, journalist and Arab affairs commentator.

Tuesday, March 9

  • Special concluding event. TBA

All lectures are held in Hebrew