From Brooklyn to Beirut

From Brooklyn to Beirut

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

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

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 their complex identity. Jews have lived in what is today Lebanon since Biblical times. As internal and regional tensions tore Lebanon apart, 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, like other Lebanese emigrants, 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.

AJHS houses the records of hundreds of Jewish aid and charity organizations which aided and resettled Jewish immigrants and refugees from the Middle East; particularly Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS) Collection, which is currently being processed by AJHS archivists. These collections tell the stories of thousands of Middle Eastern Jewish and non-Jewish immigrant and refugees as they traveled to and settled in the United States.