Exploring then World of Judaism: Mizrachi Jewry
The Story of Mizrachi Jewry and their Impact on the Modern State of Israel
Presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa
Jews from the Middle East had a significant presence in Israel during the Ottoman Empire and before the beginnings of Modern Zionism. They also represented the vast majority of Israel’s new citizens in the 1950s and 1960s. From where did they come and why? Prejudice and discrimination existed in the early days of the state; to what extent do they continue today? Learn from Rivka Amado about the majority of today’s Israelis who are not Ashkenazi Jews.
Rivka Amado received her B.A. and M.A. at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD at the University of Toronto. She taught at Bar-Ilan University in Israel for many years before moving to the United States. In the U.S., she has taught political theory at Stanford, Princeton and UC Berkeley, and occasionally offered courses on political corruption at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. In addition to her scholarly work, she conducts research and lectures on the Sephardic culture through songs and stories.