Are there Jewish variants of the Arabic language? Do Arabic-speaking Jews say “in sha’ Allah”? Is Arabic one language, or something else? These and other questions will be addressed in the first session of “Judeo Arabic and the Jews of North Africa,” taught by Rabbi Tsipora Gabai and me. After the initial discussion of “Judeo-Arabic,” we will explore the customs and history of North African Jewry. Rabbi Gabai will share stories of her experience as a Moroccan Jew in Israel, and how she came to be the first female rabbi of Moroccan descent on record (and one of only four female Mizrahi/Sephardic rabbis worldwide).
After the first two sessions it’s time to party! Join us at Urban Adamah on December 7 (the first night of Hanukkah) for Mor-anukkah, our Moroccan-themed Hanukkah party. Bring your menorah and candles! Have a Moroccan dinner and get a henna tattoo! You may register separately for Mor-anukkah here.
We hope to see you on November 13 for the kickoff session, and/or at Mor-anukkah on December 7!