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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:00 am

The San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) has announced a new partnership program with Israel’s Ministry of Social Equality (MSE), Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of Jewish Peoplehood and Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev to produce a comprehensive collection of oral-history testimonies of Jews from Iran and Arab countries.

Beginning in 2010, JIMENA launched an oral-history program in California to record and preserve the memories of Jews born in the Arab world and Iran. Inspired and guided by Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Institute, the project gives former Mizrahi and Sephardic refugees an opportunity to preserve their personal histories and rich traditions in the countries their ancestors lived for more than 2,500 years. Witnesses document their stories of positive memories, as well as human-rights abuses, displacement and integration in new societies.

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