Mon 16 December 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kerem House - Gedera 18, Tel Aviv,

Learn about Azerbaijan and its Jewish history from Arieh David Scharnberg!

Arieh just returned from 5 months wandering the alleyways of Baku and hiking between mountain villages to gather and document information about its somewhat obscured Jewish history. The evening will combine slides with personal and historical narratives!

Beginning a hundred years after the destruction of the 2nd Temple, Jewish people known today as ‘Mountain Jews’ have been a part of the rich diverse history and cultural fabric of Azerbaijan. Their true origins obscure, the Mountain Jews eventually sought refuge in the Caucasus Mountains. It is a history in which they’ve seen great armies of their day conquer the territories in which they inhabit and Muslim Khans offering them safe haven. Today, small communities of Juhuri (Judeo-Persian) speaking ‘Mountain Jews’ still live in the Caucasus, including Azerbaijan. The ‘Mountain Jews’ of today are themselves diverse and Azerbaijan has become a home for other Jewish populations over the centuries.

About the presenter:
Born in Israel to American Reform Jewish parents, raised in Humboldt County, California (where he identified as sort of ‘Mountain Jew’), Arieh David Scharnberg has always been fascinated by different cultural identities and an outdoor adventurer. With an academic background in Environment, Anthropology, and Business, he has sought to combine those disciplines in various forms throughout his professional pursuits: as an environmental water quality scientist for a Native American tribe, a mountain guide for international youth in Switzerland, agri-tech business development in Israel, and now Moreshet Adventures, a project to bring small groups on unique, culturally intimate tours and adventures to some of the most remote and lesser-known stories of the Jewish Diaspora.

About Kerem House:
Kerem House is a community center run by, and for, the Tel Aviv community. The Kerem House hosts shabbat meals, lectures, open mics, classes, meet-ups, and much more. The space is also available for rent for private events. The Kerem House dream is to encourage entrepreneurship and leadership from Tel Avivians to run the events they feel would enrich themselves and their community.

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