The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is pleased to host Joseph Levy, who will present a talk on the “The Forgotten Refugees,” the Jews from the Arab countries. This will be followed by a related film of the same name. Levy, an attorney whose family fled to the United States in 1958, in what he calls the “Yetziat Mitzrayim Shayni,” the second exodus from Egypt, subsequently grew up in Deal, New Jersey. Levy has a passionate interest in the subject of the Arab Jewish Diaspora. He will speak about this rarely spoken of expulsion of Jews, and also share his personal experience.
Afterward, the film The Forgotten Refugees will explore the history, culture, and forced exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the second half of the twentieth century due to anti-Semitic persecution. It presents testimonies and stories from the nearly one million refugees from Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, and Iraq who fled their countries.
The program is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 1 p.m. If cancelled due to inclement weather, the alternate date is Sunday, February 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. Admission is $8 members, $10 non-members.