Iraq - Eretz Zion and Jerusalem

The community of Iraqi Jewry and the next generation

The Jews of Iraq numbered about 130,000 in the 1940s, and took an active and central part in the establishment of Iraq’s institutions and in the development of its economy after the First World War. Following the Farhud (riots of 1941) and the establishment of the State of Israel, the lives of the Jews became unbearably difficult.

On March 9th 1950, a law was published for renouncing citizenship, which allowed Iraqi Jews to leave Iraq legally and immigrate to Israel as part of “Operation Ezra” – provided they give up their Iraqi property and citizenship. They were forced to leave their homeland as destitute refugees, deprived of their economic and cultural assets. Most of them immigrated to Israel in the years 1949-1952, and about 25,000 of them arrived through Iran as illegal immigrants or by using Persian passports. About 7,000 Jews who stayed in Iraq after the Great Aliyah suffered persecution by the authorities, imprisonment and unbearable torture, which led most of them to flee the country, sometimes at a risk to their lives.

The Jews of Iraq arrived in Israel with one suitcase and encountered the harsh reality of life in transit camps, tents and barracks, often lacking minimal means of subsistence. But thanks to their glorious heritage, education and the liberal professions in which they engaged, such as: commerce, banking, goldsmithing, law, accounting, pharmacy and medicine, as well as the changes that have taken place in recent generations, Iraqi Jews became a powerful and leading human force in building the State of Israel.

Their extensive heritage and rich and extraordinary cultural legacy of more than 2000 years, helped them to quickly integrate into Israeli society and make a mark in every field: in government institutions, security forces, academia, medicine, education, religion, law, commerce, banking and culture.

About the event

We all meet and celebrate the resurgence of the culture of the Jews from Arab countries and Iran, together with communities around the world.
Connect to a special broadcast like you’ve never seen before!
You can take part interactively, and might even be seen on screen.
Guests, artists, music and stories come together in an uplifting one-time event.

משרד ירושלים ומורשת Jerusalem and heritage
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המשרד לשיוויון חברתי

Indiquez vos noms et adresse électronique et nous enverrons un mail de rappel et le lien vers l’événement.
Vous pourrez le visionner en tout lieu, sur votre ordinateur ou votre smartphone.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous compter parmi nous !

Vous êtes invités à participer dans la salle de votre communauté et nous vous verrons peut-être à l’écran !
La salle est limitée à 1 000 participants pour chaque communauté – ne perdez pas un instant pour vous inscrire et réserver votre place.
Avant l’événement nous vous enverrons un rappel et un lien pour que vous puissiez vous connecter de partout avec un ordinateur muni d’une webcam ou un smartphone.

Fill in your details below, and we’ll send you a notification to your email address, and a link to the actual event. You can choose to watch the event anywhere, through any computer or smartphone. Looking forward to having you amongst our viewers!

Feel free to join your community room, and we may feature you on the live broadcast!
The place is limited to 1,000 participants in each community – so hurry to register and secure a place.
Closer to the event, we will send you a reminder and a link, so you can join from anywhere using a computer with a camera or smartphone.

מלאו את הפרטים ונשלח לכם למייל תזכורת ואת הקישור לאירוע עצמו.
תוכלו לצפות מכל מקום – באמצעות מחשב או סמארטפון.
נשמח לראותכם בין אורחינו!

מוזמנים להצטרף לחדר הקהילה שלכם, ואולי נשתף אתכם בשידור!
המקום מוגבל ל-1,000 משתתפים בכל קהילה – מהרו להירשם ולהבטיח מקום.
חדרי הקהילה יפתחו כחצי שעה לפני השידור. סמוך לאירוע, נשלח אליכם תזכורת וקישור, כך תוכלו להצטרף מכל מקום באמצעות מחשב עם מצלמה או סמארטפון.