Lunch Talk: Yemeni Jewish Importers in Palestine and Israel

  • Starts: 1:00 pm on Monday, October 26, 2015
  • Ends: 2:00 pm on Monday, October 26, 2015
A lunch talk with Gastronomy professor Ari Ariel.

During the twentieth century, the center of Yemeni Jewish life shifted from Yemen to the Palestine and then Israel. After migration, Yemeni Jews maintained links to Yemen in a variety of ways. For some this meant preserving Yemeni ethnic identity in Israel through religious practice, food, dance and music. For Yemeni Jewish traders, who will be the focus of this talk, preserving this connection meant that they continued to participate in traditional networks, which extended from British India to the New World. Yemeni Jewish importers/exporters in Palestine maintained these networks, doing business with agents in Yemen, and throughout the Middle East and East Africa. Only after 1948, when legal barriers made it nearly impossible, was their physical connection to Yemen cut.
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