Mizrahi Remembrance Month

November marks Mizrahi Remembrance Month: a time to commemorate 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. 

Whether you want to connect more deeply to your roots or discover the flavors of the greater Jewish diaspora, OneTable is here for it. Over the last five 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). And while gathering around the dinner table looks different right now, there are still tons of ways to honor Mizrahi Remembrance Month. But it doesn’t stop come December — we encourage you to keep learning, hosting, and using these resources to celebrate Mizrahi culture and heritage all year long!

Mizrahi Remembrance 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 Remembrance 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 Remembrance Month Shabbat supplement is a great place to start.

Can I host more than once this Mizrahi Remembrance Month?

Yes! You’re welcome to host as often as you want. Registered OneTable hosts are eligible to receive Nourishment credit 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.

OneTable & Partner Resources

READ: Mizrahi Remembrance 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 Remembrance 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. Here are some of our favorite recipes to help you create a space for sharing memories and stories.

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, our fave day of the week: 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 Mizrachi communities and find a Mizrachi dance teacher near you.

EMBODY: Prostrations

By Hadar Cohen. A compilation of fiber art, film, audio, scripture and poetry in reflection of Jewish devotional prostration, rooted in Mizrahi spiritual prayer practices.

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.

WATCH: The BenEvri Project
A project by 30 Years After

Preserving the history of the Iranian-American Jewish experience, this film invites you to take in the stories of these individuals. 

WATCH: LGBTQ+ Persian Pride: Advocacy in Action!

Presented by the JQ International Persian Pride Fellowship

OneTable & Partner Dinners and Events

Virtual Dinner

OneTable is hosting

Instagram Live Shabbat Ritual

  • Friday, November 27
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Miami, Miami
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Free

Event Details

Events Hosted by Our Partners

Thanksgiving with Jewish-Tunisian Flair

Sunday, November 22nd
2:30pm PT/5:30pm ET
Hosted by SHIN-DC and Afooda

The Jews of Iran: A 2600-Year Journey

Sunday, November 22nd
10:30am PT/1:30pm ET
Hosted by Qesher and Ruben Shimonov

The Untold Stories of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands and Iran

Monday, November 30th
12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET
Hosted by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Sephardic Sages Bringing Peace to the World

Mondays, Nov 30th – Dec 14th
7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET
Taught by HaMaqom Chief Program Officer, Tamar Zaken

Visit the Bukharian Community Center/Synagogue in Queens (Virtual Tour)

Tuesday, December 1st
9:00am PT/12:00pm ET
Hosted by the Institute of Jewish Experience, COJECO & The American Sephardi Federation