Lecture: History and Customs of Moroccan Jewry
This informal program, presented by Main Line Reform Temple, offers an overview of Moroccan Jewry’s history, customs, and practice in preparation for an upcoming congregational trip to Morocco. All are welcome.
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University of Pennsylvania
Alon Tam is a social and cultural historian of the Middle East and North Africa. His research interests include urban history; the social history of Jewish communities in that region; historical anthropology; gender, race and ethnicity in the Middle East; language politics; Arabic literature, theater, and film; Islamic art, visual culture, and architecture.
Tam received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation titled “Cairo’s Coffeehouses in the Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Centuries: An Urban and Socio-Political History.” He is currently working on Jewish social identities in twentieth century Cairo, and has previously studied language politics among the Jewish community in Morocco, the construction of collective memory in Egypt, and blackface in Egyptian theater.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.