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Sunday, 8 August, 2021 30 Av 5781

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Most Australian Jews originate from Europe, but Elana Benjamin’s roots are in Iraq and India.  Drawing on material from her memoir, My Mother’s Spice Cupboard: A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi, Elana will discuss the little-known history and culture of Indian-Iraqi Jewry. 
Elana will share some of her family’s stories, together with her own experiences growing up as a Sephardi Jew in Sydney’s predominantly Ashkenazi community. 
Elana’s talk will illustrate the diversity of Jewish experience, with the message that Sephardi stories are part of Jewish identity, regardless of whether we are Ashkenazi or Sephardi.
Elana Benjamin is an Australian-Jewish writer with Indian-Iraqi heritage. Elana’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Life magazine, SBS Voices and the Jewish Book Council Blog.   She is the author of My Mother’s Spice Cupboard:  A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi (Hybrid Publishers, 2012), a memoir/history which tells the story of her family’s migration from Iraq to India to Australia.  Elana holds an Arts/Law degree (History major) from the University of New South Wales.  She currently works in external communications at APRA (the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority), and lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
Elana’s book: My Mother’s Spice Cupboard:  A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi (Hybrid Publishers, 2012). 
Here’s a link to Elana’s website which has some further info about the book:
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