Mizrahi Jews: The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa


After the destruction of the second Temple, Jews began to wander around the world in search of safe havens. The Jews that migrated to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, would later become known as Mizrahi Jews. After 1948 a large percentage of Mizrahi Jews moved to Israel. Sadly, they did not feel fully accepted by Israel and its predominantly Ashkenazic leaders and culture. Why did this happen? What does the Israeli political and cultural landscape appear today? Thought provoking discussion prompts and engaging activities such as reaching the history, leadership and culture of the Mizrachi communities can be found in this resource. 

The learner will:

  1. understand why the absorption of the Miizrahi Jews by the state of Israel was an enormous challenge

  2. know about the Mizrahi Jews’ aliya experience and the influence of their traditions on Israeli culture today

  3. be able to research and present the history, culture, and traditions of various Mizrahi communities 

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

Student handouts, computer, projector

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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