From Brooklyn to Beirut

From Brooklyn to Beirut

A film by Rola Khayyat followed by a discussion with Regine Basha

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

 $10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● $12 at the door

While the history of the Lebanese Jews dates back to 1,000 BCE, following the creation of the state of Israel and the onset of the Israeli-Arab Wars, Lebanese Jews began to emigrate and settle abroad in countries such as France, Israel, Brazil, and the United States. In their new homes, Lebanese Jews have formed vibrant communities where Lebanese traditions and values are maintained; Arabic language, music, and cinema are used and celebrated; and memories of Lebanon are constantly recalled and shared.

In From Brooklyn to Beirut, Rola Khayyat explores the landscape of belonging for the community of Lebanese Jews in New York – along with the fragilities and complexities associated with a politicized identity.