ONLINEThe Untold Story of Syrian Jews

Top Pick November 30, 2021 Free
Dr. Mijal Bitton (Courtesy photo)

In June 2014, the government of Israel adopted a law that designates Nov. 30 as an annual national day of commemoration for the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were displaced from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century.

This year, the Consulate General of Israel to New England will be hosting a virtual program commemorating the expulsion of Jews from Syria, which occurred in the wake of the establishment of the State of Israel. Our program will feature leading expert Dr. Mijal Bitton, whose research focuses on the Jews of Syria, as well as an interview with Dr. Mayer Ballas, a Syrian Jew who played a key role in the rescue of this community.


  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Mijal Bitton, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
  • Special guest: Dr. Mayer Ballas, Council for the Rescue of Syrian Jews
  • Introductory remarks: Ambassador Meron Reuben, Consul General of Israel to New England

This event is co-sponsored by AJC New England, Lappin Foundation, American Sephardi Federation, JIMENA, Beth Abraham Sephardic Synagogue, Beit-Sasson-The Sephardic Congregation of Newton, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut and the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.

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