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Unraveling Israel’s Story Through “Beauty Queen of Jerusalem”

Join Cantor Leslie Niren and Rabbi Michael Lewis in a 4-part adult learning series about bestselling novel turned hit TV show, “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.” This period drama tells the story of three generations of a Sephardic family in Jerusalem against the backdrop of resistance to the Ottoman regime and later to the British Mandate in pre-State Israel. Together we will explore historic Israeli milestones and narratives, the ladino language, culture and history, Sephardic-Ashkenazi relations, Arab-Jewish relations and pre-State Jewish underground defense organizations.