Events at Magen David
MDSC's Members Teaching Members Series
The Exodus from Syria; A Personal Account of the 1992 Wave of Jewish Immigration
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:30 pm
As Syria is ravaged by civil war, we are continuously learning of the colorful sects and religions that had long co-existed within its borders. As a critical juncture between Asia Minor, Africa, and the Far East, Syria had always hosted a vibrant Jewish community and was a theater for critical events in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Syrian Jewish community no longer exists within Syria and the beautiful synagogues stand as mausoleums to a rich heritage. This lecture is a personal account of the beginnings of the last wave of Jewish immigration from Syria.
This event is free to everyone, but registration is required.
About The Speaker - Marc Ballas is a medical oncologist and clinical cancer researcher who grew up in Damascus, Syria. He has immigrated in May,1992 on the first plane to have a full Syrian Jewish family on board and was an eyewitness to that challenging transition. While his parents live in Brooklyn, NY, his wider family spans the globe mirroring many Jewish families reality post WWII. He has frequently discussed this topic highlighting the rich heritage of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.