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Jewish Silk Road Tours™: Bukharian Community Tour in Queens, NY

December 16, 2018

11:00 AM

Bukharian Jewish Community Center

10616 70th Ave
Forest Hills, NY

CTMD is once again delighted to invite you to embark on a walking/bus tour of several fascinating neighborhoods in Queens, NY; also known as Registan Park (Rego Park) and Bukharian Broadway (Forest Hills). Learn about the Jewish community that has lived along the Silk Road for over 2000 years, in cities such as Samarkand, Dushanbe and Tashkent. Now largely resettled in diasporic enclaves in Queens and Israel, we’ll explore how community members continue to preserve unique Central Asian traditions while creating one of New York’s most vibrant contemporary Jewish communities.

The tour will include:

Visit to the world’s only Bukharian Jewish Museum

Walking tour of the neighborhood

Visit to the main synagogues of the community

Visit to local bakery

A traditional lunch and a mini-concert at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center (Glatt Kosher)

Tickets: $59 per person includes meal, entertainment, tour and transportation. Concert/lunch-only tickets are available for $25. For more information click here. Purchase soon – space is limited!

The tour will be conducted in English with Russian translations available. If you have any questions about the tour please call Manashe Khaimov at 914-364-2572.

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Manashe Khaimov Bio:

Manashe was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a city along the Silk Road, where his ancestors lived for over 2000 years. This makes his Jewish identity simultaneously Bukharian, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking. Manashe is a fourth generation community organizer, informal Jewish educator, and a lifelong learner who brings his passion for working with the community. Manashe is an adjunct professor of Jewish Studies, with a specialty in the history and culture of the Bukharian Jews at CUNY Queens College. For the past 6 years, Manashe worked for JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge in various capacities. In his last role as the Director of the program, Manashe researched and produced several documentaries about the Bukharian Jewish community as part of the Bukharian Lens project. These documentaries included: The Untold Story of Bukharian Jews; The Untold Story of Bukharian Jews and Ashkenazi Jews Who Were Evacuated During WWII to Central Asia; Bukharian Roots; and Khibur – Bukharian Israel Connections.

These documentaries were screened at 18th Annual NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival; Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS); Limmud FSU, Canada; and Limmud FSU, Parsippany, NJ. The Queens College History Department includes these films as part of their curriculum via the course called History and Culture of the Bukharian Jews (HIST 257).

Manashe has presented on the history of the Bukharian Jews at numerous conferences in United States, Canada, Uzbekistan, and in Summer of 2018 did a speaking tour in South Africa.

 

Aron Aronov Bio

Mr. Aronov is a community activist whose mission is to ensure that Bukharian Jewish culture remains alive. He has gathered over 2,000 ethnographic objects and artifacts from Uzbekistan and other areas of Central Asia. The passion of Mr. Aronov is best captured in his own words: “I am not afraid to die…but I’m afraid to disappear from this world without leaving any trace…One day our great-great-grandchildren will want to know about their roots and they will come right here to this museum,” Jerusalem Post, July 2011. Mr. Aronov shares his deep knowledge about Bukharian history and culture as well as describing how people lived during various time periods.

This event is part of CTMD's Sustaining Cultures Program Made in NYC.