About the event
FROM CAIRO TO THE CLOUD: THE WORLD OF THE CAIRO GENIZA
Directed by Michelle Paymar
Sponsored by Ellyn and Seth Lehr; Patricia Saddier-Dana
In 1896, Solomon Schechter enters the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo. The rest is Jewish history.
When a vast treasure trove of documents hidden for centuries was discovered in the geniza of an old Jewish synagogue in Cairo, historians suddenly gained insight into thousands of years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world. From sacred manuscripts to personal correspondence with their Muslim and Christian neighbors to young children practicing the Hebrew alphabet, the Cairo Geniza contains the largest compendium of Jewish artifacts ever found.
This illuminating and well-researched documentary tells the story of the world’s most extraordinary collection of ancient Jewish relics and their astounding odyssey into the modern world.
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