Attend a FREE lecture on the legacy Jewish historical sites throughout the Middle East, many of which were founded in Biblical times and have been abandoned and left to decay recently because of war and religious persecution.
The illustrated talk is by photojournalist Michael Luongo, who has traveled extensively through the Mideast. He takes us to Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries to look at the physical legacies of these once thriving communities, and the efforts to restore some of the most important historical Jewish sites and open them to tourism.
Some of these communities date back to the earliest parts of the Torah and biblical writings, and others reflect a time when the Mideast was a haven welcoming Jews after the Spanish Inquisition. Since the foundation of Israel and the emigration of Jews from many countries in the Mideast, many historic Jewish sites are suffering neglect.
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the persecution of Christians and the destruction of Christian churches and monasteries in the Mideast by the murdering hoodlums who call themselves the Islamic State. This talk is a sobering look at what is happening to Jewish sites.
Jewish Sites of the Greater Middle East is 6:30 Monday, March 30, at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch guarded by those two stone lions.
There are no tickets or reserved seating, so get there by 6:15 for a seat.
Full disclosure: Michael Luongo is a longtime friend of NYC on the Cheap editor Evelyn Kanter. We are both members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the largest professional association of travel journalists and hotographers.
More: NYC on the Cheap editor Evelyn Kanter is giving an illustrated talk at the Mid-Manhattan library on Wed., June 3, on Filling Your Bucket List: Where to Go Next. So save the date.