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Sunday, November 22 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Spielberg and the Sephardi: Testimonies of Jewish Refugees from Islamic lands

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"Spielberg and the Sephardi: Testimonies of Jewish Refugees from Islamic Lands" is an exploration of oral testimonies from the last generation of Sephardi Jews born in North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran. Dr. Henry Green, founder of the Sephardi Voices Digital Archive, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Toronto Sephardi Voices interview participants, exploring their lived experiences in their home countries during the 1940s to 1980s, when state-sanctioned discrimination, violence, and political unrest saw Sephardi Jews displaced as refugees. "Spielberg and the Sephardi: Testimonies of Jewish Refugees from Islamic Lands" is a response to the need for better access to Sephardi history and culture in Jewish educational spaces, as well as education on human rights abuses that have impacted Jews both connected to and beyond the Holocaust. The panel will touch on the role of oral history in preserving life stories for human rights records and opens a window onto the Sephardi community’s survival and resilience.

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Henry Green

Executive Director, Sephardi Voices
Dr. Green is the Executive Director of Sephardi Voices, a digital archive that preserves the history and heritage of the Sephardi, Mizrahi, Babylonian and Persian Jews. He received his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University (UK), MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and BA from... Read More →
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Lisette Shashoua

Lisette Shashoua’s family has lived in Iraq for centuries. In 1920, her grandfather Shaoul Shashoua’s residence (Kasser Shashoua) was chosen to house King Faisal I, when he was first appointed king by the British. After Lisette graduated from Al Hikma University during the brutal... Read More →

Sunday November 22, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom Room A