The Farhud

The 75th Anniversary of the Farhud was observed May 31–June 5, 2016 in Washington, DC, New York City, London, and Jerusalem with the lighting of 27 candles—one for every century of Jewish existence in Iraq snuffed out and 8½ long shofar blasts for the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries, followed by songs of lamentation and the singing in solidarity of “Jerusalem of Gold.”

The observations began on May 31 with a 9:00am event the US House Cannon Office Building in Washington DC and a 4:00pm event at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in New York City.

The London observance was held at the Lauderdale Road Synagogue on June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm. The Jerusalem commemoration took place at the Knesset on June 6, 2016 at 2:00pm.

Articles about the Farhud appeared in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

In Memoriam: Shmuel Moreh, guardian of Iraq’s Jewish memory, 1932–2017.


International Fahrhud Day was observed on June 1, 2017


The Knesset recognized International Farhud Day for the first time, and the World Jewish Congress published an article explaining more of the history.

Edwin Black dedicated the May 27 episode of The Edwin Black Show to an observance of International Farhud Day.


International Fahrhud Day was observed with a worldwide virtual candle-lighting ceremony organized by David Dangoor (more from JNS). The candle-lighting site remains. An article in the CT Jewish Ledger draws comparisons between the events of 1941 and antisemitic violence today and encourages remembrance and solidarity.


I24 News released a special report, “Remembering the Farhud pogrom that ended Iraqi Jewish life, 81 years later.”

Tabby Refael, on discovering that very few people were aware of the Farhud—even those with an Iraqi Jewish parent or grandparent—felt called to write about it.