Behind the lens: J. Tomas Lopez

The photographer behind the Sephardi Voices exhibit of Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands is J. Tomas Lopez—an artist with a lifelong passion for documenting trauma, displacement, and suffering as told through stunning photography.

The new exhibit—focusing on Sephardi Jews in Miami—is on display at the University of Miami Gallery Wynwood Design District in Miami on February 3 to February 28.

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In the spotlight: Rolen Sabet

At the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, nearly 100,000 Jews were living in Iran; today, less than 9,000 remain. Roland Sabet left Iran in 1953 for New York, and his family members were among the tens of thousands that left Iran in the wake of the overthrow of the Shah. The imprint of his Persian Jewish heritage and his immigrant experience in the US is an indelible one, and mirrors the narrative of other Iranian Jewish refugees.

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Past 2019 Event Highlights

Check out some highlights of our events of 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Check out our calendar of events for spring 2020.

  • January 22 – Screening of Your Wishes in Heaven at the Miami Jewish Film Festival VIEW FLYER
  • February 3 – 28 – The Forgotten Exodus – An American Refuge, portrait exhibition at the University of Miami Gallery, Wynwood District, Miami VIEW FLYER
  • March 4 – From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present – The Search for Jewish Roots, Miami Beach JCC, Lecture by Genie Milgram, Introduced by Henry Green
  • April 6 – Greater North Miami Historical Society, Lecture on Sephardi in South Florida, lecture by Henry Green
  • April 10 – Temple Judea, Miami, The Forgotten Exodus, lecture by Henry Green
  • Multimedia Portrait Exhibition and event, Schwartz Reisman JCC, Toronto
  • Multimedia Portrait Exhibition, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Ontario
  • Portrait Exhibition, Florida International University, Hubert Library, Miami

Featured Sponsors:

Sabet Family Foundation (Miami)

Robert and Dennis Shasha (New York)

Ezra Zilkha Z”L (New York)

Congregation Beth Jacob (Miami)

Robert and Richard Mashaal (Montreal)

Sylvain Foundation (New York)

Richard Stursberg (Toronto)

Dangoor Education (London)

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal

Watch “Last Class in Baghdad”

Our poignant film about the last graduating class of the last Jewish school in Iraq is now online!

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In the spotlight: Liam Sharp

When the Iraqi Jewish Voices exhibit opens this month at the Museum of Jewish Montreal (Sept. 20-Oct. 22), its dramatic photography will be on display, bringing to life and into focus the people who represent this 2,000-year-old community. The photographer is Liam Sharp, and the unique style he brings to bear in the exhibit promises to surprise and move visitors.

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In the spotlight: Robert Mashaal

It was only after a March of the Living trip to Poland—the annual educational program that brings students from around the world to better understand Holocaust history—that Robert Mashaal began to think seriously about promoting awareness about the story of Iraqi Jews of Arab and Muslim countries more broadly.

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Shalom from Israel

A message from our Israel Director Tamar Morad.

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Coming events

Check out our calendar of upcoming events for fall 2019 and spring 2020.

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