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בצאתי ממצרים — Out Of Egypt: Celebrating Egyptian Jewish Heritage at Shearith Israel

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00PM


Please join us for an evening celebrating Egyptian Jewish Heritage at Shearith Israel.  This very special event will take place on the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut — itself a seminal moment that changed the lives of the Jews of Egypt. 

Moderated by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, the program will feature presentations by noted author, André Aciman, personal reminiscences from Emy Cohenca and her family, plus short presentations by our panelists Professor Arnold Franklin, Rabbi Albert GabbaiLucienne Carasso Bulow, and Jeffrey Mosseri. The evening will also include light traditional refreshments and an exhibit about Jewish life in Egypt, curated by our partner, the American Sephardi Federation, featuring photographs and artifacts loaned for the occasion by members of Shearith Israel. A special commemorative booklet highlighting family histories and photographs of Jewish life in Egypt will be distributed to all attendees.


To register for only $5, click here.


For more information, contact Z. Edinger at


This program is one of our many Year of Years, 365th Anniversary events, showcasing the extraordinary diversity of our congregation and community. 



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