Travel to Singapore, a small city-state and one of the unique destinations in Asia for Jewish history aficionados. Discover the little-known Jewish story composed of the amazing mosaic of cultures – Baghdadi, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Armenian, and Persian.Continue reading “Jewish Mosaic of Singapore with Irene Shaland”
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“Discovering Rabbi Barbara and her book … turned a light on so many parts of my own family’s traditions, and opened my eyes to the anusim stories in my own grandparents from Calabria. I read it with tears the first time, and reread it with more tears, finding more details that I missed the first time. Thank you Rabbi Barbara! – Corbin”Continue reading “Introducing Rabbi Barbara and Her Book: The Cat That Ate the Cannoli”
Excerpt from Irene Shaland’s book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories.”
Jews settled in Mumbai (Bombay) in the 18th century. First, the Baghdadi arrived in the 1730s. Then, the Bene Israel began migrating from the countryside into the city in the 1740s. Today, Mumbai has the largest Jewish community in India: 3,500 to 4,000 people, most of whom are the Bene Israel. We visited two of the city’s eight synagogues: Kenesseth Eliyahoo and Magen David. Both were built by the Sassons, the wealthiest family of the Baghdadi Jews. The elegant blue structure of the Magen David Synagogue was erected by David Sasson in 1861. Hanna and Eliyahoo were waiting for us inside.Continue reading “Meeting the Jewish Community of Mumbai India”
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Jewish Renaissance in Sicily, Sardinia, and Calabria
Join us for a Free Virtual Program Hosted by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: Global Response to the Holocaust: The Islands and the Boot: Cuba – Calabria (Italy) – Malta – Corsica. Presented by Irene Shaland, the author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories.”Continue reading “Program Hosted by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on December 9, 2020”
Global Response to the Holocaust Lecture, a free Zoom event. Free Virtual Lecture Series Hosted by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on October 14, November 11, December 9. Presented by Irene Shaland.
New City Library, New York Presents Irene Shaland’s Free Virtual Zoom Lectures: Travels in Jewish History. Part I: Asia — Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 PMContinue reading “Free Zoom Lecture Travels in Jewish History Part I: Asia”
Upcoming Jewish History Lectures Presented by Irene Shaland:
September, October, December 2020.
Sardinia is an island famed for its unearthly beauty. Sardinia is second only to Sicily in its size among the Mediterranean islands. Like Sicily, Sardinia attracted numerous waves of invaders: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, the Italian city-states of Pisa and Genoa, and the Spanish Kingdom of Aragon—all succeeded one another in dominating the island. The Northern Italians came last, with Garibaldi himself falling in love with the island. He chose to live the last years of his life in Carpera, Sardinia.Continue reading “Discovering Jewish Connections in Sardinia”
Reprinted with permission of the author, Rabbi Barbara Aiello
Throughout Israel, especially in Tel Aviv, the last day of the year is “party night.” On December 31st Israelis will celebrate along with the rest of the world but instead of shouting “Happy New Year,” Israelis do something different. As the year turns from one year to the next, Israel’s Jews will wish each other a “Happy Sylvester,” a New Year’s greeting that invokes, of all things, the name of a Catholic saint!Continue reading “THE JEWISH GREETING FOR THE SECULAR NEW YEAR”