International Conference Held at Yeshiva University Museum

On Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, in collaboration with the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Jewish Studies, the Dahan Center for Culture, Society & Education in the Sephardic Heritage and the Yeshiva University Museum, will host an international conference titled “Displacements of Jewish Communal Life in Islamic Lands and Cultural Reconstruction in Israel.” The conference will be held at the YU Museum at 15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011.

The conference is free but reservations are required through Brown Paper Tickets.

At the conference, scholars from Israel, the United States and Canada will explore the history and culture of the Jews from Islamic lands and their displacement from and resettlement in Israel. Topics include Jewish communal life, rabbis and religious life, and cultural institutions and the responses of international institutions. There will also be a musical performance and free kosher food.


  • Prof. Shmuel Trigano, Paris Nanterre University: “The Historical Background of the End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands”
  • Prof. David Matas, University of Manitoba: “The Legal Status of the Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands”
  • Prof. Henry Green, University of Miami: “Sephardic Sights: Narratives of Expulsion, Memory, and Identity in Film”
  • Prof. Noam Norman Stillman, University of Oklahoma: “The Jews of the Islamic World in Modern Times: Transformation and Transplantation”
  • Dr. Daniel Tsadik, Yeshiva University: “Leaving Home? Notes on Iranian Jews Emigration from Iran”
  • Dr. Joseph Ringel, Yeshiva University: “Educational Systems and Religious Identity: From Arab Lands to Israel”
  • Dr. Stanley Urman, Rutgers University: “The Relationship of the UN to Jewish Refugees and Their Property in Comparison to Palestinian Refugees”
  • Dr. Reuven Gafni, Kinneret Academic College: “Synagogues in the Islamic World from Glory to Commemoration”
  • Yamit Armbrister, Author: “The Jews of Morocco: Through the Historical Fiction of One Remarkable Woman”

For more information, contact Isaac Choua or Sarina Roffé.