We invite the community to join with us in reading and discussing The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer and participating in the many events taking place in the Bay Area through June 2018. Events will be listed here on an ongoing basis, so be sure to visit this page soon for new information!
From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7:00 P.M.
Professor Soomekh will discuss the history of the Jews of Iran in the modern era. What was life like for Jews under Shi’a Islam, how did conditions change under the secular regime of the Pahlavis, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? She will also address life in America for the thousands of Jews who immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.
Dr. Saba Soomekh is the assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at the American Jewish Committee. She teaches religious studies, Middle Eastern history, and women’s studies courses at UCLA. Professor Soomekh is the editor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. Dr. Soomekh was the exhibition coordinator for Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.
Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.
DALIA SOFER IN PERSON
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 7:30 P.M.
Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 7:00 P.M.
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2 P.M.
EVENTS IN THE
Sunday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emek, Pleasanton
Contact Lisa for more information.
Monday, April 30, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley (Discussion will be led by U.C. Berkeley Professor Jaleh Pirnazar)
Sunday, November 19 Congregation B’nai Emunah, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 28
Temple Beth El Book Group, Aptos
Monday, December 11
Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
Thursday, January 18
Beth Sholom Women's Group, San Francisco
Tuesday, January 25
Congregation Emeth, Morgan Hill
Tuesday, January 30
Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa
Wednesday, February 7
Coastside Jewish Community
Tuesday, February 13 Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo
Friday, February 16
Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco
Sunday, February 18
Women of Rodef Sholom Book Club, Petaluma
Tuesday, March 6
Jewish Community Center Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
Wednesday, March 14
Jewish American Fiction Book Club, Fairfax Public Library
Thursday, March 15 Congregation Beth Sholom, Women's Book Group
Sunday, March 18
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos
Saturday, March 24 Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
Monday, March 26
Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco