Moroccan Jews in Yeroham
The first immigrants from Morocco arrived in Yeroham in 1954, and then in waves of immigration – the largest of which, in the early 1960s, tripled Yeroham’s population. Their integration into Israeli society was accompanied by pressures to “”assimilate”” into the secular, Ashkenazi ethos; but they resisted and created synagogues and institutions, and an ambience that promoted and preserved tradition, as well as traditional foods and music, as expressions of their unique Jewish identity.
This session will reveal some of the stories of second-generation Moroccan Israelis living in Yeroham who retain or hafve returned to their roots – and how the promotion of a holistic, traditional (as opposed to ‘religious’) Jewish identity has a message for contemporary Israeli society. We will also learn how sfinj is prepared and how to sing a piyyut.
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