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    Jewish Communities in Exotic Places

    Community Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, 12/3/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    This lecture gives us a glimpse of various Edot ha-Mizrachi (Eastern, Oriental) Jewish communities around the world. These are Jewish communities situated in far-flung places in Africa and Asia, whose mores and folkways were in many ways at great variance with those of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewry. These Jews were more or less indistinguishable from the local people, and they practiced unique minhaggim (rites) that Ashkenazim and Sephardim had long forgotten; for example, the Yemenite Jewish tradition of eating certain types of locust that are considered kosher in the Torah.

    Some topics and communities to be discussed in this presentation:
    • A breakdown of the four major Jewish ethno-geographic groupings around the world: Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Romaniot and Mizrachim
    • Jewish Untouchables?: Caste and Racial Stratification Among God's Chosen People in Cochin and Bombay, India
    • The Queen of Sheba's Lost Children: The Beta Israel of Ethiopia
    • Pariahs Among Ayatollahs: The Jew as Outcast in Shiite Iran
    • Samson Warriors, Bar Kochba's Heirs: The Jewish "Cossacks" of Daghestan and Chechnya in the Caucasus

    Ken Blady is a Jewish educator, author and translator of seven works from Yiddish. He was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn where he attended yeshiva and rabbinical seminary. A San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1972, Ken has a BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in clinical counseling from California State University, East Bay. He is the author of Jewish Communities in Exotic Places, among other  works. Ken has been featured on radio  and TV talk shows, including The History Channel documentary Operation Magic Carpet, about the airlift of the Jews of Yemen to Israel.


    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma and the East Bay.

    Need a ride?
    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. 
    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

    Tuesday, December 3
    1:00–2:30 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    No registration required
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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