Explore the vibrant literary legacy of Mizrahi and Sephardi writers, and showcase their diverse contributions to Jewish cultural heritage


Explore the vibrant literary legacy of Mizrahi and Sephardi writers, and showcase their diverse contributions to Jewish cultural heritage
Learning about Jewish poets from Iraq, Spain, Israel, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Greece and beyond

Dunash Ibn Labrat (ca. 920 – after 985) lived in Baghdad, Iraq; Fez, Morocco; and Córdoba, Spain.

Moshe Ibn Ezra (1060 – 1138) was born in Granada and forced to flee to Castile, Spain.

Shelomo ibn Gabirol (1021 – 1070) was born in Málaga and lived in Valencia and Toledo, Spain.

Yehuda ha-Levi (1071 – 1141) was born in Toledo or Tudela, Spain and died in Alexandria or Jerusalem.

Yisrael Najarah (1550 – 1625) was born in Damascus, Syria and lived in Gaza and Safed, Israel.

Shelomo Alkabetz (ca. 1500 – 1576) was born in Salonica and lived in Edirne, Turkey and Safed, Israel.

Shalom Shabazi (1619 – 1720) was born in Najd al-Walid and lived in Shabaz, near Ta'izz, Yemen.

Miguel de Barrios (1625 – 1701) "Daniel Levi" was born in Montilla, Spain and died in Amsterdam.

Shelomo Matuq (ca. 18th century) "Sulayman ben David" was born in Anah, Iraq and fled to Baghdad.

Yaghoub ben Paltiel Rashti (c. 1830 – unknown) was born in the city Rasht, Iran and moved to Tehran.

Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1887) was of Spanish-Portuguese descent and was born in New York City.

Rephael Antebi Tabush (1853 – 1918) was born in Aleppo, Syria and lived in Cairo, Egypt.

Avraham Shemuel Recanati (1888 – 1980) was born in Salonica, Greece and lived in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Rabbi David Bouzaglo (1903 – 1975) was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Watch the documentary "Song of Loves" about the life of Rabbi Bouzaglo here.

Albert Adatto (1910 – 1996) was born in Istanbul, Turkey and lived in Seattle, Washington.

Erez Biton was born in Oran, Algeria in 1942 to a Moroccan family and lives in Israel.

Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1951 and lives in Israel.

Sarah Sasoon is an Australian-born Iraqi-Jewish writer, poet, and educator who lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

Explore the works of renowned Sephardi and Mizrahi authors, novelists, and translators

Yaqub Sanu (1839 – 1912) "Abu Naddara" was born in Cairo, Egypt and lived in Livorno, Italy and Paris, France. He wrote in French, English, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic.

Elia R. Karmona (1869 – 1931) was born in Istanbul and lived in Salonica, Greece and Alexandria, Egypt.

Albert D. Levy (1896 – 1963) was born in Salonica, Greece and lived in New York and Seattle.

Elias Canetti (1905 – 1994) was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and lived in Austria, England and Switzerland. In 1981 Canetti was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Shimon Moyal (1866 – 1915) was born in Jaffa to a family that immigrated from Morocco. He translated the Talmud into Arabic. He co-founded the Judeo-Arabic newspaper Sawt Al Uthmaniyah (The Voice of Ottoman) with his friend Nissim Malul and co-edited the paper with his wife, Esther Azhari Moyal.

Esther Azhari Moyal (1874 – 1948) was born in Beirut, Lebanon and lived in Cairo, Egypt and Jaffa, Israel.

Daniel Hagège (1892 – 1976) was born in Tunis and lived in Paris, France. He was both an author, skilled in Judeo-Arabic literature, and a historian specializing in Tunisian Jewry.

Raby Moshfegh Hamadani (1912 – 2009) was born in Hamadan, Iran. He was an Iranian political journalist, writer, and translator of texts on education, sociology, and psychology into Persian.

Albert Memmi (1920 – 2020) was a French-Tunisian writer and essayist. In 1954, Memmi was awarded the Fénéon Prize for his book The Pillar of Salt.

Sasson Somekh (1933 – 2019) was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He served as professor emeritus of Modern Arab Literature at Tel Aviv University, and received the Israel Prize for Middle Eastern Studies in 2005.

Avraham Gabriel Yehoshua (1936 – 2022) was a playwright, novelist and essayist born in Jerusalem to families from Salonika and Morocco.