7ara

The idea is to create a pop up place for a month next summer, in the old city (Medina) of Tunis, relating to the old Jewish quarter which was called the 'Hara' (7ara). In the location i'll make Jewish Tunisian music, Jewish tapas and drinks, and a temporary cultural center
Location: Tunis

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7ara

About

The idea is to revive the historic Jewish neighborhood in the old city of Tunis, also known as the 'Hara' and now known as the 'Hafsia'. Tunis in the summer is full of people, Jews who moved to France are return in droves, the fish restaurants are full during the nights, and jasmine sellers wander around the city selling flowers. There is a curious revival of Jewish identity in this old area of the world, since Tunisia used to be populated by a substantial Jewish community. Today there are only 1500 living in the entire country, but this number increases during the summer. Some local Jewish activists claim that in Tunisia today nearly 35% of the population is of Jewish origin.

For one month I want to take an old house in the former Jewish neighborhood in the medina of Tunis, and transform it into a popup cultural and culinary center. Food in Tunisia means allot to people and people still talk about the rich culinary history of Jewish restaurants in the city. We would transform this house, for one month, as a temporary but vibrant center for small portions of food (tapas like) of Jewish Tunisian food, drinks, screening of movies connected to Jewish past, talks and short exhibitions.

There is a very interesting audience for this kind of project. First, the Jews who live in Tunis and the ones who return during the summer. Secondly the young generation of Tunisians who are curious about the multi-cultural past of their city. Third, substantial number of activists living and working in the medina who are happy to cooperate in projects that contribute to the life of the medina.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The
mission of this program is to deepen the knowledge about the Jewish history of
Tunisia. Not many know, but out of 4 leading musicians in the early 20th
of Tunisia, 3 were Jews. Most of the street food was originally created by
Jews, including the Italian Jews from
Livorno who moved to Tunis in the 17th century. Judaism in Tunis
exist today only in the shape of the great synagogue downtown, and it is no
longer remembered by its vibrant culture. The mission of the 7ara project is to
deepen knowledge of the cultural narrative, both for local Jews and the
majority population--non Jews living in the capital city.

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Program Description

The
idea is to build and design a space that will operate for one month during the
summer. Maybe in the Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast, and many people, including
Jews, go out in the night. The place will function as a small bar/bistro with affordable
food and quality drinks—all connected to the Jewish local history. The music played
in the popup shop will be that of the many Jewish musicians that dominated the
Tunisian music scene in the first half of the 20th century. We
believe the main beneficiaries will be Tunisians, Jews and non Jews. Beside
them, the entire question of a Jewish identity in a Muslim country will be
judged and executed in a unique and original way, through the local cultural
history.

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Demonstrated Need

There
is a lack of any Jewish cultural presence. Everything narrows to the existence
of the synagogue. In the general public the Jewish history has been largely
erased, especially the strong link between Jews and non Jews co-habiting
historically as a result of the general Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Program Accomplishments

It's
a new program still, but possible accomplishments will be to widen the general
knowledge about local Jewish history. Create 'pride' in local Judeo-Tunisian tradition.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Success
will be reaching out to a large audience that is also not the immediate
audience. Because the program so unique, it will attract both local media and
international media. I believe that great number of people is success and of
course the discourse that will be created during and after the project. Trying
maybe even to do it yearly.

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7ara

About

The idea is to revive the historic Jewish neighborhood in the old city of Tunis, also known as the 'Hara' and now known as the 'Hafsia'. Tunis in the summer is full of people, Jews who moved to France are return in droves, the fish restaurants are full during the nights, and jasmine sellers wander around the city selling flowers. There is a curious revival of Jewish identity in this old area of the world, since Tunisia used to be populated by a substantial Jewish community. Today there are only 1500 living in the entire country, but this number increases during the summer. Some local Jewish activists claim that in Tunisia today nearly 35% of the population is of Jewish origin.

For one month I want to take an old house in the former Jewish neighborhood in the medina of Tunis, and transform it into a popup cultural and culinary center. Food in Tunisia means allot to people and people still talk about the rich culinary history of Jewish restaurants in the city. We would transform this house, for one month, as a temporary but vibrant center for small portions of food (tapas like) of Jewish Tunisian food, drinks, screening of movies connected to Jewish past, talks and short exhibitions.

There is a very interesting audience for this kind of project. First, the Jews who live in Tunis and the ones who return during the summer. Secondly the young generation of Tunisians who are curious about the multi-cultural past of their city. Third, substantial number of activists living and working in the medina who are happy to cooperate in projects that contribute to the life of the medina.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The
mission of this program is to deepen the knowledge about the Jewish history of
Tunisia. Not many know, but out of 4 leading musicians in the early 20th
of Tunisia, 3 were Jews. Most of the street food was originally created by
Jews, including the Italian Jews from
Livorno who moved to Tunis in the 17th century. Judaism in Tunis
exist today only in the shape of the great synagogue downtown, and it is no
longer remembered by its vibrant culture. The mission of the 7ara project is to
deepen knowledge of the cultural narrative, both for local Jews and the
majority population--non Jews living in the capital city.

Back to Top

Program Description

The idea is to build and design a space that will operate for one month during the summer. Maybe in the Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast, and many people, including Jews, go out in the night. The place will function as a small bar/bistro with affordable food and quality drinks—all connected to the Jewish local history. The music played in the popup shop will be that of the many Jewish musicians that dominated the Tunisian music scene in the first half of the 20th century. We believe the main beneficiaries will be Tunisians, Jews and non Jews. Beside them, the entire question of a Jewish identity in a Muslim country will be judged and executed in a unique and original way, through the local cultural history.

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Demonstrated Need

There is a lack of any Jewish cultural presence. Everything narrows to the existence of the synagogue. In the general public the Jewish history has been largely erased, especially the strong link between Jews and non Jews co-habiting historically as a result of the general Arab-Israeli conflict.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

It's
a new program still, but possible accomplishments will be to widen the general
knowledge about local Jewish history. Create 'pride' in local Judeo-Tunisian tradition.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Success
will be reaching out to a large audience that is also not the immediate
audience. Because the program so unique, it will attract both local media and
international media. I believe that great number of people is success and of
course the discourse that will be created during and after the project. Trying
maybe even to do it yearly.

Back to Top

7ara

About

The idea is to revive the historic Jewish neighborhood in the old city of Tunis, also known as the 'Hara' and now known as the 'Hafsia'. Tunis in the summer is full of people, Jews who moved to France are return in droves, the fish restaurants are full during the nights, and jasmine sellers wander around the city selling flowers. There is a curious revival of Jewish identity in this old area of the world, since Tunisia used to be populated by a substantial Jewish community. Today there are only 1500 living in the entire country, but this number increases during the summer. Some local Jewish activists claim that in Tunisia today nearly 35% of the population is of Jewish origin.

For one month I want to take an old house in the former Jewish neighborhood in the medina of Tunis, and transform it into a popup cultural and culinary center. Food in Tunisia means allot to people and people still talk about the rich culinary history of Jewish restaurants in the city. We would transform this house, for one month, as a temporary but vibrant center for small portions of food (tapas like) of Jewish Tunisian food, drinks, screening of movies connected to Jewish past, talks and short exhibitions.

There is a very interesting audience for this kind of project. First, the Jews who live in Tunis and the ones who return during the summer. Secondly the young generation of Tunisians who are curious about the multi-cultural past of their city. Third, substantial number of activists living and working in the medina who are happy to cooperate in projects that contribute to the life of the medina.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The
mission of this program is to deepen the knowledge about the Jewish history of
Tunisia. Not many know, but out of 4 leading musicians in the early 20th
of Tunisia, 3 were Jews. Most of the street food was originally created by
Jews, including the Italian Jews from
Livorno who moved to Tunis in the 17th century. Judaism in Tunis
exist today only in the shape of the great synagogue downtown, and it is no
longer remembered by its vibrant culture. The mission of the 7ara project is to
deepen knowledge of the cultural narrative, both for local Jews and the
majority population--non Jews living in the capital city.

Back to Top

Program Description

The idea is to build and design a space that will operate for one month during the summer. Maybe in the Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast, and many people, including Jews, go out in the night. The place will function as a small bar/bistro with affordable food and quality drinks—all connected to the Jewish local history. The music played in the popup shop will be that of the many Jewish musicians that dominated the Tunisian music scene in the first half of the 20th century. We believe the main beneficiaries will be Tunisians, Jews and non Jews. Beside them, the entire question of a Jewish identity in a Muslim country will be judged and executed in a unique and original way, through the local cultural history.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

There is a lack of any Jewish cultural presence. Everything narrows to the existence of the synagogue. In the general public the Jewish history has been largely erased, especially the strong link between Jews and non Jews co-habiting historically as a result of the general Arab-Israeli conflict.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

It's
a new program still, but possible accomplishments will be to widen the general
knowledge about local Jewish history. Create 'pride' in local Judeo-Tunisian tradition.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Success
will be reaching out to a large audience that is also not the immediate
audience. Because the program so unique, it will attract both local media and
international media. I believe that great number of people is success and of
course the discourse that will be created during and after the project. Trying
maybe even to do it yearly.

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