Whether you want to connect more deeply to your roots or discover the flavors of the greater Jewish diaspora, OneTable is here for it. November is Mizrahi Heritage Month, a time dedicated to elevating and celebrating the cultures, heritages, and traditions of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.

November 30 marks the official Day of Commemoration from Arab Countries & Iran, honoring the 850,000+ Jewish refugees who were expelled or forced to flee from their homes in the Middle East and North Africa between 1948-1980. Until this point, Jewish communities had been living in the region for over 2,500 years. While this history is known among the Mizrahi and Sephardi community, their narrative has rarely been documented, and their plight as refugees has largely been ignored by the global community. 

Over the years, many OneTable hosts have created Mizrahi and Sephardi-inspired Shabbats that have introduced their guests to Jewish culture and history from the MENA (Middle East, North Africa). We invite you to keep learning, hosting, and using these resources to celebrate Mizrahi culture and heritage throughout November + all year long!

Become a hostpost a Mizrahi Heritage Shabbat dinner, and use these resources to inspire you and your guests.

OneTable & Partner Resources

Read: Mizrahi Heritage Month Shabbat Supplement

We partnered with JIMENA to create this supplement to help you plan, frame, and cook for a special meal in honor of Mizrahi Heritage Month.

Taste: Food as a Vessel

An Arabic proverb teaches that the key to one’s heart is through the stomach, speaking of the intense power of food to connect. These recipes will help you create a space for sharing memories and stories.

The cover image of the Revivo Project's album, Ma Notar Meele. The three singers who comprise the music group Revivo Project are sitting together, smiling and singing. One is holding and playing a drum.

Listen: Mizrahi Shabbat Sounds

Mizrahit is a fusion of Middle Eastern, Arabic, Turkish + Greek influences, created by Israeli Jewish artists with roots in the Middle East & North Africa. This is a collection of new & classic Mizrahit songs dedicated to, or traditionally sung on Shabbat!

Listen: "I'm the Mizrahi" - Adi Keissar's New Wave of Mizrahi Poetry

Adi Keissar, an Israeli poet of Yemenite descent, is the founder of the popular Ars Poetica, a project which initiated a new wave of Mizrahi poetry for the masses in the form of readings combined with Middle Eastern music and dancing.

Move: Mizrahi Dance Archive

By Jackie Barzvi. The first-ever online resource for Jewish dances from the MENA regions. Learn about Mizrahi communities and find a Mizrahi dance teacher near you.

Five Hanukkah menorahs with glowing candles are placed on tinfoil

Ritual: Chag HaBanot - The Festival of Daughters

By Rabbi Jill Hammer for Ritualwell. In North African countries, the seventh night of Hanukkah was marked as Chag haBanot, the Festival of the Daughters. Try out these home-based rituals for bringing Chag haBanot into your holiday celebrations.

Watch: The Forgotten Refugees

This film explores the history, culture, and mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries & Iran in the 20th century, with personal stories and testimonies from those who lived through it — courtesy of JIMENA.

A table is set with a black tablecloth, two challot on a plate, and a rainbow sign with the words Bruchim HaBayim (meaning Welcome) in Hebrew and a hamsa. In the background, a banner is hanging with the words Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network and a rainbow hamsa with a Star of David.

Connect: Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network

An innovative grassroots movement committed to building a vibrant, enriching, and supportive community for LGBTQ+ Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. Learn more + connect at a Shabbat dinner or community gathering near you!

A synagogue in Morocco with green and white tiles floors, turqoise arches and benches.

Explore: ASF Institute of Jewish Experience

The American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience explores the beauty, depth, and diversity of the Jewish experience. Check out their courses and video clips to learn more about the legacy of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewry, from holidays to Jewish philosophy.

Mizrahi Heritage Month FAQ

Who are Mizrahi Jews?

Mizrahim (plural in Hebrew for Mizrahi) are descendants of Jews who had been living in the MENA region continuously for thousands of years. Mizrahim trace their lineage to countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Today, there are thriving Mizrahi communities throughout Israel, the US, and beyond. Outside of Israel, Morocco has the largest remaining Jewish community in the MENA, with over 3,000 Jewish residents (prior to 1948, there were over 200,000).

I don’t identify as Mizrahi, can I still host or join a Mizrahi Heritage Month Dinner?

Yes! Hosting or guesting is a great opportunity to experience and learn about Jewish foods, cultures and traditions that might be different than what you grew up with, or what you’ve done at your past dinners. Our Mizrahi Heritage Month Shabbat supplement is a great place to start.

Can I host more than once this Mizrahi Heritage Month?

Yes! You’re welcome to host as often as you want. Registered OneTable hosts are eligible to receive Nourishment for one dinner per week.

To host a dinner honoring the month and celebrate together, tag it using #MizrahiShabbat.

How does hosting a Shabbat with OneTable work?

If you are not already a OneTable Shabbat dinner host, sign up here. (Applications take up to 3 days to process.) Once you’re a host, you can post your dinner here.

When does my dinner need to be posted?

Shabbat dinners must be posted on the platform by 11:59p local time on the Tuesday before the dinner.

What is Nourishment?

It’s a resource OneTable is able to offer to those hosts who need a little extra help to elevate their dinners. It is not meant to cover the full cost of the dinner. It comes in the form of digital gift cards. If you do not need this assistance, you can choose to “pay it forward” and it will help another host bring more Shabbat into their life!

Dinners are eligible for $10/per person, up to $100.

Nourishment must be selected by 11:59p local time Tuesday, and you will be nourished for the number of guests you have signed up by the Wednesday before your dinner.

More questions?

Check out our full FAQ here, and/or get in touch with your Field Manager.