Databases and Collections


The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center houses a large, special collection of databases compiled over several decades, which reflect the life of the Jewish community in Iraq.

The collections contain manuscripts, films, photographs, liturgical songs, Iraqi-Jewish music, names and family trees. Some of the items in the collections are rare and can only be found at The Center.


Family Trees 


Family trees, prepared by families of Iraqi descent in Israel and around the world, have been collected at The Center. An online project has been initiated, to make these family trees, accessible to the general public.


The database is constantly growing. Visitors come to research their roots, and document and preserve their family trees, thus adding another branch to the family tree of Babylonian Jewry.


Family Stories

Unfortunately, Babylonian Jews left behind their property, most of their valuables, heirlooms and records. Very rarely were the family histories documented and written, and the impressions of the past remain memories alone. Today, you can document the information about your family on the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center site, and ensure that your family story will be preserved for future generations.


To add information to the database, please contact: The Department of Information and Communications Technology, 03-5339278 ext. 6 / 2 or

Last Names


In Babylon, it was not customary to use last names. Instead, the father’s name was used. If there were a few people with the same name in the same area, they were given nicknames, either according to the place where the father of the family originated, his occupation, a deformity he had or a distinctive trait, in order to differentiate him from others with the same name.


The following is a partial list of such names:

Abu Al-Torshi – Pickle seller // Abu Al-Samach – Fish seller // Abu Al-Faja – Seller of sheep or beef intestines stuffed and  // cooked as hamin // Atrakchi – Owner of a Arab clothing store // rani – Of Persian descent // Baher – Sailed the ocean // Basrawi – From the city of Basra // Bakal – Owner of a grocery store // Gitiat – Seller of embroidered fabric used as a headdress // Darazi – Tailor // Hillawi – From the city of Hillah // Kavi – Endearing name for Yaakov // Moslawi – From the city of Mosul // Nuri – Shortened from Nuriel // Suedai – Very black // Somach – The cantor’s helper // Sehayek – Little Yitzchak // Attar – Seller of spices // Fattal – Owner of a spinning wheel // Zayeg – Jeweller // Zalach – Translation of Zadok // Zabag – Painter // Tzadka – From the family of Rabbi Tzadka Chotzin // Kazaz – Seller of silk // Sami – Originating from Damascus // Sharabani – From the city of Sharaban




Collection of Audio Recordings

The audio recordings collection contains approximately 1,500 recordings of interviews with various personalities in the Babylonian community on many topics: the Jewish communities in the cities of Iraq, The Zionist Movement, Operation Ezra and Nehemia, religious life, folklore, beliefs and amulets, idioms and more.


A secondary collection is composed of cantorial recordings collection, containing approximately 90 recordings of piyutim, shbahot, and Torah readings according to the tradition of Babylonian Jewry.


The Center also has a collection of approximately 400 records of the best folk melodies of Baghdad, and songs by Jewish singers of Iraqi descent.


For more information, please contact: The Department of Information and Communications Technology, 03-5339278 ext. 6 / 2 or

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Photo Archive


The collection of photographs has over ten thousand photographs of the daily life of the Jewish community in Iraq and around the world. The photographs, taken over a century, reflect the changes in the life of the community, and the transition from a traditional to a modern society. In addition, the collection contains postcards, home photos, and images of known photographers from Baghdad, such as: Arshak and Eldorado.


For more information, please contact: The Research Department, 03-5339278 ext. 4 / 1



Film Archive


The Film Archive contains documentary films about the lives of the Jews of Iraq, filmed from the 1970s until today. The archive also contains films produced by The Center about the music of Iraqi Jewry and other selected topics from their lives.


For more information, please contact: The Department of Information and Communications Technology, 03-5339278 ext. 6 / 2 or


The Zionist Underground Movement

The movement operated between 1942 and 1951 under strict underground conditions. Despite the military regime, the crises, the arrests, and the torture, the movement succeeded in a short period of time in realizing its objectives in the fields of education and immigration, as well as in organizing the defense of the Jewish Quarter.

In addition, the movement succeeded in illegally bringing about 13,000 Jews, who constituted about 10% of all Iraqi Jews. This move had a decisive effect on the decision of the Iraqi government regarding the Nationality Deprivation Law, on the one hand, and the massive size of registration for aliyah on the other.

The story of the underground incorporates the last decade of the Iraqi Jews, which began with the "Farhud" riots of 1941 and ended with their redemption in Operation Ezra and Nehemiah.

(In Hebrew only)





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The programs on the Hamoreshet Channel, are dedicated to events at The Center and also to life of Iraqi Jewry through interviews, seminars, music and more. The channel broadcasts two new shows per month, as well as two new ‘Songs by Request’ programs broadcast on Saturday night.


The public is encouraged to send high quality materials which may be of interest to members of the community. The community programs have been broadcast for 15 years; our audience of viewers is large and our broadcasts are received across the country.


The programs can also be seen on YouTube.


For further information on the Local Channel programs, please contact:

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Broadcasts 98 (YES and HOT),

tv programs

On Wednesdays at 8:00pm - 9:00pm,

On Mondays at 1:00pm - 2:00pm,
Songs by Request
On Saturday nights at 9:00pm - 09:30pm

On Sundays at 9:00am - 09:30am,

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