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An Evening of Mizrahi and Sephardic Poetry: A presentation by JIMENA

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)


Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

From the twelfth-century Spanish Jewish writer, philosopher, and physician Yehuda Halevi to the contemporary members of Israel’s Ars Poetica movement, poets have long expressed the deepest thoughts and feelings of Mizrahim, or Jews of the Middle East and North Africa.

Hear ancient and modern poems, translated from Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, and French, in an evening organized by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. The works demonstrate the influence of Mizrahi and Sephardic poetry on Jewish spirituality and thinking. The readers will be Mizrahi and Sephardic young adult members of the JIMENA community.

JIMENA is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving Mizrahi and Sephardic culture and history, and seeking recognition for the 850,000 Jews who were displaced from Middle Eastern or North African nations in the 20th century.

Program made possible, in part, by Michael and Jane Rice.

Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

Co-presented by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.




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