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The Voice

ALI: Jewish Geography: The Jews of Egypt

Date: Monday, January 14, 2019


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

Contact: Shari Berman

Phone: 703.537.3068


Monday, January 14, noon - 1:30pm
(snow date: Tuesday, Jan. 22, same time)
Location: The J

Instructor: Maurice M. Mizrahi, Ph.D., lifelong Judaism scholar and teacher
Dr. Maurice M. Mizrahi will give an informative and fascinating talk on the history of the Jews of Egypt. Dr. Mizrahi was born and raised in Egypt until he was forced out in November 1967, after the Six-Day War, at age eighteen. He will cover the ups and downs of this ancient community, which has thrived and sustained itself since the Exodus, in spite of periodic persecutions. He will also include his own family's rich personal experiences. Dr. Mizrahi will speak about such Egyptian Jewish luminaries as Saadia Gaon, Maimonides, the Arizal and the Radbaz, as well as the splendor of ancient Alexandrian Jewry, that treasure trove of Judaica known as the Cairo Geniza, the Karaites, and of course the many anchievements of this community. Finally, Dr. Mizrahi will address the subject of modern times, which led to the practical extinction of Egyptian Jewry for the first time since biblical days. 

Fee: $18/ $12 member
Code: #9572

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