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By the Rivers of Babylon at The Jewish Museum
from Jennifer Marin
Curator of the Museum

Exhibition on the Jews of Iraq
20 November 2002 - 6 April 2003

I am finalising the picture selections for the above, and editing material for the accompanying catalogue publication. Further to our telephone conversation, I am sending you a list of photographs that we should like to borrow please, and to assist with checking the information for a few specific photographs.

We appreciate you granting permission to use quotations from The Scribe. We intend to use a few short extracts from Mozelle Sassoon's 1910 diary account (issue 74).

The Scribe is a truly invaluable source of information and illustrative reference. We are happy to print in the catalogue full acknowledgement of your website details as follows:

The Scribe - Journal of Babylonian Jewry, published by The Exilarch's Foundation, London, on the internet since issue 70 (October 1998), and back issues (since 1971) available on-line at

Here are the themes for which I am seeking new photos please:

1. Iraqi Jews in Britain

So far we have shortlisted the photograph of your family Seder from 1974, and a colour reunion photograph of Frank Iny School (Scribe issue 73) but would like to include other recent activities showing the community in the UK.

2. Sweets and Spices - about food

This has proven rather difficult to illustrate.
We shall be re-printing three or four pages of traditional Baghdadi recipes at the end of the catalogue, and wish to illustrate with photographs of dishes, party scenes, etc. - historical rather than modern.

3. Wedding Customs

e.g. dress, Luzina tray

4. The Sassoon family with Hakham Yosef Haim etc. We would like a print of this with the identities of all those shown. I need to get accurate information on the Great Synagogue and a similar one called the New Synagogue. Are they the same?


The two synagogues look similar but are not the same.


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