To Remember Baghdad

To Remember Baghdad

Lecture Series

Convened and moderated by Profs. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Richard I. Cohen, and Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin In conjunction with Da’at Hamakom and I-Core Israel Center of Research Excellence

 All lectures will take place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Wednsday, 18:00

Few cities in modern times produced such a variegated cultural mosaic as did Baghdad. From distinguished orthodox thinkers, who shaped religious commentary to this day, to Jews of communist leaning integrally integrated into Baghdad society, Jews felt at home in the city, attached to its sounds and manners in a myriad of ways and expressions, figuratively and literally. Paradoxes and dichotomies abound in its midst, as was the case with the evacuation of the city. Tens of thousands of Jews continued to remember Baghdad after they left it, the great majority to Israel, though only a small minority had been of Zionist leaning prior to their immigration. What are the elements that distinguished this fascinating community and its vibrant association with Baghdad society will be at the centre of the series “To Remember Baghdad,” organized by the I-Core Centre of Excellence Da’at Hamakom and the Van Leer Institute.

  1. 16 November 2016 Prof Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New York University “God’s Gift”: Baghdad throughout History
  2. 30 November 2016 Prof. Ofra Bengio, Tel Aviv University Between Iraq and Kurdistan: Jews in a Vanished World
  3. 14 December 2016 Prof. Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago Baghdad A City that Never Sleeps
  4. 28 December 2016 Prof. Esther Meir-Glitzenstein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Mizrahim and the Big City Baghdadi Jews in the State of Israel
  5. 11 January 2016 Prof. Zvi Zohar, Bar-Ilan University Conservative Appearance, Innovative Ruling Halacha among Baghdad’s Chief Rabbis in Recent Generations
  6. 25 January 2017 Osnat Trabelsi, creative producer How Can We Forget Baghdad?! Accompanied by a screening of the film Forgetting Baghdad
  7. 8 February 2017 Dr. Almog Behar, Polonsky Academy Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute My Literature / The Literature of Baghdadi Jews
  8. 22 February 2017 Prof. Shalom Sabar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem The Religious World of the Baghdadi Jews and Its Expression in Artifacts, Customs, and Rituals
  9. 8 March 2017 Prof. Edwin Seroussi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem The Music of the Baghdadi Jews
  10. 22 March 2017 Prof. Haviva Pedaya, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev The Ben Ish Hai and the Kabbalists of Baghdad: Windows to Europe and Israel
  11. 29 March 2017 Roundtable Discussion: The Baghdadi Jews’ Departure from Iraq: The Farhoud, Integration, Assimilation, Zionism Chair: Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute; Prof. Esther Meir-Glitzenstein, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Prof. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, New York University; Jackie Houri, Journalist, IDF Radio