Chag Habanot: A North African Chanukah Celebration of Women
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6 PM EST 3PM PT
Join JIMENA and the Mizrahi Dance Archive for an online North African celebration of Chag Habanot, Eid Al Banat (festival of daughters).
Chag Habanot is a holiday celebrated by Mizrahi communities on Rosh Chodesh of the Jewish month of Tevet. The festival takes place on Chanukah, which according to various traditions the miracle occurred there by a woman. During the festival, we honor the story of the Jewish heroine Judith and the important role of women in Jewish life. It is customary to sing, dance, and light the night's menorah candle in honor of women.
Lala Tamar, a world-renowned Israeli singer, will be streaming concert from Morocco accompanied by local female musicians, including Hind Ennaira. Lala is known for her bold and feminine style where she incorporates her Moroccan roots and the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Haketia.
Jackie Barzvi will be leading us in celebratory dance to Jewish Mororocan music, where anyone can follow along without any previous dance experience. Jackie is a professional Raqs Sharqi (belly dance) instructor and performer based in North Carolina who recently created the Mizrahi Dance Archive.
Online Mizrachi Dance Showcase
Sat, November 14th 2020
It was a huge honor to host the first ever online dance showcase dedicated to Mizrachi dancers all over the world. This was a virtual celebration of the beautiful diversity of the Jewish people, the Middle East, and our dance community. Thank you to everyone who watched live, interacted in the comments, and cheered on the dancers!