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French Jewish Teachers and "Eastern" Jewish Students: Alliance Israélite Universelle in North Africa and the Middle East

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

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

With hundreds of thousands of students in hundreds of schools in dozens of countries, the Alliance Israélite Universelle was the largest school network to have existed in Jewish history. Yet, the story of the school system, which operated for nearly a century, remains untold and is rarely discussed in contemporary conversations about Jewish education and Jewish continuity. Adam Eilath will offer a brief history of the Alliance Israélite Universelle and reflect on how its legacy could inform some of the current hot-button issues in Jewish education.

Adam Eilath is the director of strategic initiatives and Jewish studies teacher at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco. He is also a leading advocate and thinker in Sephardic and Mizrahi education in North America.

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

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

Program made possible, in part, by Marc and Marci Dollinger.