A Vanished People: Jewish Heritage in the Greater Middle East

April 25, 2017

The Middle East is the cradle of the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Today, the Christian population is rapidly decreasing due to systematic persecution and mass migrations abroad. Very few Jewish people live in the region outside of the Jewish State of Israel. These realities are alarming for the future of religious pluralism in the region.

April 24 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we remember the slaughter of 6 million European Jews by the Nazi Reich. In pledging “Never Again,” it is appropriate that we seek to preserve the mosaic of religious minorities in the cradle of their heritage.

Please join The Philos Project for a networking reception and panel presentation on vanished Jewish heritage in the Middle East.


Tue, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

The Lounge at WeWork, 154 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013

Purchase tickets here.

Philos Project members please RSVP directly to Vivian Hughbanks at vivian@philosproject.org.


Panelists will include Mina Abdelmalak and Robert Nicholson. Further speakers TBA.

Mina Abdelmalak is a Coptic activist. Born and raised in Egypt, he received a law degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He worked as a legal researcher for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY), a Cairo-based, non-profit organization, which promotes classic liberalism among Egyptian youth. He resides in Washington, D.C.

Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a JD and MA in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Robert founded The Philos Project in 2014. His advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Passages, and is a publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His written work has appeared in The American Interest, Jerusalem Post, and Times of Israel, among others. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children.