Shana tova. May the new year bring health and tikkun olam. Despite the surge in the Covid Delta variant, Sephardi Voices has just gone through a period of extraordinary productivity. The production of our coffee table book, Sephardi Voices: The Untold Expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands, was completed and is now at the printer; a grant from the Florida Humanities Council led to our first program in Spanish in June, and the Canadian Sephardi Collection is near completion with plans moving forward for a launch event with the Library Archives Canada in 2022.
Gladys (Mooallem) Daoud has been appointed our Director of Canadian Programming and Adam Knelman Ostry our Director of European Programming. Gladys is a Jewish refugee who fled Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Adam is a career public servant and proudly carries a Jewish identity.
In the coming months, Sephardi Voices will be collaborating with Israeli Consulates and organizations in Canada and the USA for Yom Plitim (November 30th) events via zoom. I look forward to sharing with you many Sephardi stories to commemorate and celebrate the rich Sephardi legacy.
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