Under Cover and Under-Covered: The Secret Role of Mizrahi Spies in the Creation of the Mossad

May 6, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Main Sanctuary

In partnership with The Jewish Week, UJA-Federation of NY, and Natan
Under Cover and Under-Covered: The Secret Role of Mizrahi Spies in the Creation of the Mossad
Mon | May 6 | 7:00 pm | 87th Street

Award-winning author Matti Friedman's new book, Spies of No Country, tells of Israel's first spies – Jews from Arab-speaking countries who assumed Arab identities and went underground in Beirut. Friedman extrapolates from the mixed identities of these early spies to the development of the Israeli national identity, the critical contribution of Mizrahi Jews to the creation of the State of Israel, and the impact of a majority Mizrahi population on Israel today. Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Fellow in Residence at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America who explores new paradigms of Jewish identity and expanding normative conceptions such as "Jewishness," "religion," and "tradition."
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