Jews began leaving Yemen to immigrate to Ottoman Palestine (later Israel) as early as the 1880s, and their migration continued until recent years.
In a lecture hosted by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, Ari Ariel, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa, will examine the strategies this group has used to maintain connection with Yemen, and to resist pressures to assimilate into the wider Israel society, while also working to integrate in their new homes.
Their dynamic rituals—practice, dance, music and foodways—will all be explored.
The lecture, titled “Leaving Yemen and Becoming Israeli,” will take place Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Landmark Centre (25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood).
Tickets will be $5 for members of the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program or the Maltz Museum and $10 for nonmembers.
Ariel’s appearance is co-sponsored by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University.