Wedding of Selim Cohen and Rosette Sassoon at the Maghen Avraham synagogue, Beirut, 1955 (Photo courtesy of: JIMENA)
Congratulations to JIMENA on a remarkable online achievement – setting up websites documenting 11 Jewish communities. Their new websites will help fight the widespread ignorance that exists about the destruction of Jewish communities in the Arab and Muslim world.
(JTA) — A San Francisco-based organization has launched 11 websites
to tell the stories of Jews who left Arab countries last century.
JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) this week launched the websites
in English and Arabic to tell the stories of Jews who left nine Arab
countries, Turkey and Iran. The websites tell each country’s story using
videos, photographs and written narratives. They also include oral
history testimonies of Jews who fled Arab countries for North America.
“Having the websites in Arabic will enable us to reach individuals in
Arabic-speaking countries who otherwise may know very little of the
Jewish history of the region,” Sarah Levin, director of JIMENA, said in a
She credited efforts to document and share testimonies of Holocaust
survivors and other victims of human rights abuse, including the USC
Shoah Foundation institute, founded by Steven Spielberg, as the
inspiration for the JIMENA websites.
JIMENA was founded by Regina Waldman and Joe Wahad, a Jewish woman
born in Libya and a Jewish man born in Egypt, after the Sept. 11, 2001
attacks on the World Trade Center.