The film The Dove Flyer, about the expulsion of Jews from Baghdad more than 50 years ago, hit home for one of the special speakers at its Old City screening.
Rabbi Albert Gabbai brought a personal touch to the screening of The Dove Flyer on Dec. 15 at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
The religious leader of Mikveh Israel, a historic Sephardic congregation in Old City that he has served since 1988, addressed the audience gathered to watch the film, which is based on the novel of the same name that focuses on the years leading up to the explusion of Jews from Baghdad in 1950 and their subsequent settlement in Israel.
Gabbai, whose father was a native of Baghdad, spoke about the conditions that led to his having to flee his own Cairo Jewish community and his subsequent status as a refugee.
The program was presented by, among others, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadeelphia and the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region.