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Israelis celebrate 30 years of Yemeni-Jewish culture
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Israelis celebrate 30 years of Yemeni-Jewish culture

Hailing from one of the oldest Jewish cultures on the globe, Yemeni Jews are fiercely proud of their heritage. 

This is why 31 years ago Gideon Malachi created the Timaniyada. A music and culture festival celebrating Yemeni traditions and Mizrahi music. 

Having been born to a father who sang in Yemeni Arabic and sent off to the famously strict mori [teacher of young children], Malachi was infused with appreciation of Yemenite culture from birth. “I also come from Rosh HaAyin”, he joked in phone conversation with the Jerusalem Post, ”the so-called capital of the Yemeni in Israel.”

The festival held annually in Eilat and, over its thirty years, has grown from a small event serving a few hundred to a massive cultural event that attracts thousands of people, with some even booking flights from New York and Los Angles just to attend. 

This year, Yemeni culture will be celebrated with costumes, traditional foods, and a special Shabbat custom called GhalaGhala is essentially a Yemeni community event in which each person brings his or her own food and the group shares each others' treats. 

The festival this year features noted Israeli performers Eyal Golan and Static and Ben El Tavori. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, August 28, 2017
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