Alon Tam on "Virtual Coffeehouse in 20th Century Cairo"

Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 1:00pm
online, registration required

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As we are limited in our outings, we invite you to a virtual coffeehouse. Coffeehouses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Cairo were an urban hub for Jewish working- and middle-class men, as well as for a growing number of women. Together with Dr. Alon Tam we will recreate the atmosphere with music, good stories, and good conversation. Each person who registers at least a week in advance will receive some traditional (kosher) coffee and treats to share together at the coffee house. 

Traditionally, Cairo’s coffeehouses hosted politicians, revolutionaries, and journalists; immigrants and locals; and people from different ethnic, racial, and religious communities. Coffeehouses were a fundamental social, cultural, and political institution for Jews from across the region. In our virtual coffeehouse we will introduce the history of coffeehouses in Egypt, especially in Cairo listen to some music, discuss the coffee and treats, and share some culture of the time and place. 

Registration is limited to 25 participants.

The cost of registration ($32) includes a box of kosher traditional Egyptian cafe treats and coffee delivered to a continental US or Israel address for those who register up to one week in advance. More cafes will be open on future dates if needed.

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