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Dayenu! Pastor Dumisani and Mizrahi Jews

How was this night different? Was I being a bad Jew? Was I a good Jew all through Catholic schools in Japan, resisting, resisting, resisting, only to undo it now by going to a Christian seder in California? Passover at The Congregation of Zion led by Pastor Dumisani Washington, an unapologetic Zionist, was my choice this year. I would have two seders, at home with friends and family, and Zion’s. As a Zionist Mizrahi Jew, I long to be in an environment where the Mizrahi exodus into Israel matters. The church seder opened with a clip from The Mizrahi Project, where Joe, an Iraqi Jew tells his story of surviving the Farhud, Baghdad’s pogrom, and eventual expulsion. When a pastor goes to such le

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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