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Sunday, June 17

12:00pm AEST

Forgotten refugees of the Middle East conflict: Jews from Arab lands and Iran
FILM + Q&A | Vibrant Jewish communities once existed in Arab lands and Iran, their Mizrahi heritage predating Islam by 1,000 years. By 1948, nearly one million Jews lived in Arab countries — today, only 4,500 remain. The Arab world’s removal of 98.8% of its Jews is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, yet the story isn’t told in textbooks. In this session we will screen The Forgotten Refugees, a film exploring the history, culture and forced exodus of these communities. Local Mizrahi Jews will also share their stories and answer questions.

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Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda is the Community Relations and Policy Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, managing strategic relationships in NSW’s NGO sector, with the aims of combating racism, including antisemitism, and building social cohesion generally. Lynda spearheaded the local Jewish community's... Read More →

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Racheline Barda

Racheline grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, but like most of the Jewish community was forced to leave in the wake of the 1956 Suez Crisis. She and her husband came to Australia as refugees. After raising three children, Racheline obtained a BA (Hons) and MPhil in French literature, and... Read More →
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Helene Cadry

Helene was born in Tehran, where her paternal family had lived for generations. The Shah’s reign has been referred to as ‘The Golden Age’ for the Iranian Jewish community: they enjoyed business, professional and cultural freedoms. Despite this, Helene’s father could foresee... Read More →

Alfred Gubbay

Alfred was born in Baghdad in 1934. He completed his education at the Alliance School and in 1951, at the age of 17, left for Israel with his family as part of the mass migration that year. Alfred served in the Israeli Defence Forces and in 1957 moved to Sydney. He is currently the... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST

1:15pm AEST

Vitch: surviving under the spotlight
FILM + Q&A | Eddie Vitch was a Polish Jewish artist in 1930s Hollywood, who went on to make some controversial choices during the Holocaust. Who was this talented but enigmatic comedian and just how did he survive the Holocaust? Nothing is black and white in this gritty story about family, war, refugees and the art of survival. Lisa Cortez, Vitch’s daughter, presents a screening of the documentary Vitch and will lead a Q&A afterwards. Rated PG, all welcome.

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Lisa Cortez

Lisa is an IT specialist and still lives in Adelaide where her father, Eddie Vitch, spent his last years. She grew up hearing her father’s stories about Paris in the 1920s, the Hollywood years and what happened to him during the Holocaust. She is proud to have been the narrator... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 1:15pm - 3:00pm AEST