From Jamaica to China, Discover Judaica from Around the World

London - A Ketubbah from Jamaica and an Esther Scroll from Canton province, China, are but two of a rich array of objects from around the world featured in Sotheby’s upcoming Important Judaica auction (19 December). The sale is highlighted by a particularly magnificent assortment of Italian Judaica along with works from Morocco, England and more. Click ahead to discover these objects that reflect the global history of Jewish life and customs.

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Abu Dhabi hosts International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas meeting

Abu Dhabi hosted a board meeting of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) at Louvre Abu Dhabi today. A global initiative led by the UAE and France, the foundation was established in response to the massive destruction in recent years of outstanding, often ancient, cultural heritage, particularly in parts of Africa and the Middle East. The UAE is a key player in this organisation, as the idea for ALIPH came about following an international conference on the protection of endangered heritage held in Abu Dhabi in December 2016. The conference resulted in the Abu Dhabi Declaration, in which the international community pledged to create an international support fund for programmes aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage, as well developing an international refuge network for endangered cultural property.

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New book on ‘Celebrating Tolerance’ in the UAE launched

Abu Dhabi - To coincide with the historic visits to the UAE by His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sherif, a new book celebrating the country’s diversity was launched today. Published by Dubai-based Motivate Publishing and entitled ‘Celebrating Tolerance: Religious Diversity in the United Arab Emirates’, the book was launched at a ceremony at the British Embassy, hosted by British Ambassador Patrick Moody. In a Foreword to the book, Sheikh Nahyan says that, "Because we live so harmoniously together in the United Arab Emirates, we may suspect that our various religions might all value tolerance. This anthology serves the essential purpose of converting our vague suspicion into fact. That wonderful fact of tolerance deserves the celebration accorded by this splendid book. To ensure that the celebration never ends, we must communicate and protect the fact by always acting in the spirit of the fact. Without our active attention, tolerance can swiftly vanish. Let the essays in this book inspire tolerance in perpetuity." Introducing the event, Moody quoted Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on what she described as the importance of a "continued focus on patience, friendship, a strong community focus and considering the needs of others." 

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