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Mimouna, The Next Generation: Celebrating the Israeli-Moroccan Cultural Alliance

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Mimouna is a North African Jewish celebration that marks the end of Passover. This year, in light of the historic peace agreement between Israel and Morocco, it is also a celebration of the cultural bridges between the two nations and the artistic collaborations between their people.

For the first time, the Consulate General of Israel to New England and the Honorary Consulate of Morocco in New England join forces in a multicultural Mimouna celebration with the next generation of talents.

Dedicated in memory of Zohra El Fassia, an Israeli-Moroccan singer and poet who was the first woman recording artist in Morocco and one of the pioneers of modern Arabic music, this one-hour program will include:

  • Opening greetings from Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel to New England; and Carol Kopelman, Honorary Consul of Morocco to New England

  • A specially curated photo presentation by ANU - Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, and a video tribute to Zohra El Fassia from the Museum’s collection, featuring the Israeli musician Neta Elkayam.

  • A musical performance by the Grammy nominated Samir LanGus (Morocco), and Itamar Borochov (Israel), as part of their collaboration on the Jewish Gnawa Project.

  • A unique session recorded in Agadir, Morocco, with singer Lala Tamar (Israel), and musician Mehdi Nassouli (Morocco). 

  • A tribute to Jewish-Moroccan dances by Jackie Barzvi (U.S.), a Middle Eastern dancer and the creator of the Mizrachi Dance Archive.

 

This event was co-sponsored by CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies, AJC New England, הבית הישראלי - The Israeli House, ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, Jimena, IAC Boston, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Mizrachi Dance Archive, Beth Abraham Sephardic Congregation of New England, Northeastern University Hillel, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast.

Check out our dance segment.

Jewish Gnawa project featuring Jackie Barzvi, Samir Langus, and Itamar Borochov.

Chag Habanot: A North African Chanukah Celebration of Women
Thurs, December 17, 2020

Watch the recording of the event here.

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!

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Check out the show recap here!