JMM Insights: Global Jewish Life

One of the few silver linings over this past year has been the ability to connect with others in new and meaningful ways. With the help of technology, we can meet people from around the world and learn about a wide range of global topics and histories. At the virtual JMM, we have hosted speakers from Israel, South Africa, Australia, Turkey, and the UK, and had participants join us from across the United States and countries around the world.

Recognizing this expanded possibility for connection, the Museum is pleased to launch its newest series of programming celebrating global Jewish life. Starting this month, and continuing throughout the summer and into the fall, we invite you to take a journey with the JMM to explore Jewish life around the world without leaving your home.

From films to author talks and more, join us as we look at diverse experiences of Jewish life. Hear personal stories and learn about the history, culture, and traditions of various Jewish communities around the world, from those who call them home.

Don’t miss the first program within this series, Recalling Jewish Calcutta, on Thursday, April 29th at 8PM Eastern. Author and scholar Jael Silliman will share a presentation on the historical Jewish communities of India touching upon architecture, film, rituals and more.

Register here. 

Learn more about additional upcoming programs below and visit our website for the latest updates on programs within this series.

Global Jewish Life:
Upcoming Programs

Return to Jewish Cuba
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7pm Eastern

Explore Jewish life in Cuba with author, scholar, and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. 

Drawing upon her book An Island Called Home and her most recent novel, Letters from Cuba, which is inspired by her grandmother’s story of escaping Poland to make a brand-new life in Cuba, Behar will touch upon themes of immigration, belonging, identity, and preservation that make up Cuba’s Jewish story.

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On the Banks of the Tigris
Film Screening Viewing Window: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7pm to Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:59pm Eastern

When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq, he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. Saddam’s regime purged Iraqi music of its origins, but Majid learns the truth as he travels the world to meet exiled Iraqi musicians – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – who still sing and play these songs. They are reunited in a joyful concert at London’s Barbican Centre, where music and culture are bridges that transcend religion and politics.

This film has a 48-hour viewing window. An access code will be shared the afternoon of Tuesday, May 25th, you can then enjoy the film during the viewing window at your own convenience. 

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Explore Past Programs on Global Jewish Life

Recordings Available: 

Jewish Museums Across the Seas: Australia

Recorded on August 27, 2020

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Jewish Museums Across the Seas: South Africa
Recorded on August 16, 2020

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Celebrating the Remarkable
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:00pm Eastern

Celebrate Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer as she receives her first honorary doctorate from an Israeli university, bestowed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz and honor Toni Young, AABGU past president, for her remarkable leadership and vision, Philip Gomperts, newly retired director of AABGU’s Southwest Region, for his extraordinary fundraising achievements.

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Reminder: Executive Director Sol Davis is holding weekly office hours to meet you! Make an appointment for a virtual visit and share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations for JMM.

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