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Remembering Baghdad Continued: Film Screenings

Wednesday, January 9, 7:00PM
Wednesday, February 6, 7:00PM

Over 400 people registered for our beautiful Year of Years symposium, Remembering Baghdad -- Between the Tigris and the Hudson: Celebrating Iraqi Heritage at Shearith Israel, an event which showcased the extraordinary diversity of Shearith Israel's congregation.

Among the presentations at the event were producers who showed us the trailers for their films on the Iraqi Jewish community, and we now invite you to come and see the feature films in their entirety at these upcoming screenings.

 

Wednesday, January 9 | 7:00 pm

Letters From Baghdad
Produced by Shearith Israel trustee, David Dangoor
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Only $5 per member/$8 per non-member in advance, $10 at the door
 
Directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, Letters from Baghdad tells the story of Gertrude Bell, who left the confines of Edwardian England to seek freedom and independence in the Arabian desert and became the most powerful woman of her day in the British Empire. In the aftermath of WWI, Bell helped to draw the borders of modern Iraq, was instrumental in installing its first king and founded the Iraq Museum that was infamously ransacked in 2003.
 
The first feature-length documentary on Gertrude Bell, the film explores the choices that trail blazing women make, and how decisions made by Bell and her colleagues continue to influence current events in the Middle East and the world today.
 


Wednesday, February 6 | 7:00 pm 
The Last Jews of Baghdad

Marking the anniversary of the Baghdad Hangings
With opening remarks from producer Carole Basri
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Only $5 per member/$8 per non-member in advance, $10 at the door
 
Today, only 5 Jews remain in Iraq from a population of 160,000. It is most shocking considering there has been a Jewish community in Iraq since 586 BCE. This year, 2014, is exactly the 2600 year anniversary of the destruction of the first temple and the beginning of the Babylonian exile.

This film asks the question, "Why did the Iraqi Jews leave?" The answer is found in the discriminatory laws and policies enacted by Iraq's government and leaders against these formerly important members of Iraqi society who today still consider themselves "Iraqi Jews." "The Last Jews of Baghdad" offers personal recollections from members of this exiled group, contextualizing the country's complicated political history. Through the words of those who survived discrimination, persecution and even hangings, we are painted a picture of what it meant to be a Jew in Iraq - from joyous picnics on the Tigress to the unbearable terror of life under Saddam Hussein that came to define their lives.

Liberty Bell Rimonim

These Rimonim, modeled after the American Liberty Bell, were commissioned by the Congregation in honor of Judge Edgar J. Nathan Jr.

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Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

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