Iraqi-American Jewish educator, activist, and hazan Loolwa Khazzoom pioneered the Jewish Multiculturalism movement in 1990 – bringing to the mainstream both awareness and celebration of global Jewish heritage. The first woman worldwide known to lead egalitarian Sephardi-Mizrahi services, Khazzoom founded and directed numerous organizations that successfully integrated global Jewish heritage into mainstream programs and paradigms – working with preeminent institutes such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Bureau of Jewish Education, and Harvard University, and serving community leaders and laypeople alike.
As part of her ground-breaking work, Khazzoom implemented the first-ever curriculum on Jewish communities across the globe; she was a featured Jewish multicultural expert in documentaries including Young, Jewish, and Left, The Forgotten Refugees. and The Way Home; she published Jewish multicultural articles in top media including The Washington Post, Marie Claire, and Rolling Stone; she published Jewish multicultural essays in anthologies including Best Jewish Writing 2002, That Takes Ovaries!, and Yentl’s Revenge; and she published The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage, taught throughout the Ivy League and at universities nationwide.
Today Khazzoom facilitates prayer services, teaches songs, and leads rituals in the Iraqi Jewish tradition, and she offers Jewish multicultural training and coaching, for educators and activists.
Buy this special-edition double album by Shaddai Chants. It’s a rare collection of woman-led Iraqi selihoth for the High Holy Days – featuring 10 original a cappella prayers, 10 improvisational prayers with vocals and crystal singing bowls, and a unique digital prayer book with Hebrew refrains transliterated into English, with traditional Iraqi pronunciations.
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