Family History

Personal Story The Hammoudi Family and the Loss of a Jerusalem Home: One Family’s Multigenerational Longing

The pain of collective trauma as experienced by successive generations: A Jerusalem family’s story.

Personal Story Issa Boullata and the Childhood Memories of Jerusalem That Never Faded

An acclaimed academic, writer, and translator recalls his Old City childhood

 

Armenian ceramic pottery
Video Hagop Karakashian on How the Art of Armenian Ceramics—Unique to Jerusalem—Came to Be

Hagop Karakashian’s grandfather was one of a trio of artists who originated the art of Armenian ceramics in the city of Jerusalem over a century ago. How did this come about?

Personal Story The Mukhtar and I: A Day with My Grandfather in the Old City

A Palestinian in exile remembers Jerusalem’s Old City—the sights and sounds, the tight-knit community—during his last days with his formidable grandfather, the Mukhtar.

Scene from the video “What Have I Forgotten to Tell You?” featuring Abla Dajani
Video “What Have I Forgotten to Tell You?” Featuring Abla Dajani

Palestinian Jerusalemite Abla Dajani pays a bittersweet visit to her family home in al-Baq‘a, West Jerusalem, which was seized by Israel in 1948 and given to Jewish ownership. 

Blog Post Perspective: Our Roots in Jerusalem

Unlike other nationals, we Palestinians are expected to keep proving our Jerusalem roots to people whose only aim is to delegitimize our presence here.

Personal Story A Diaspora Jerusalemite Remembers

Philip Farah hasn’t lived in Jerusalem since 1978, but it remains “a huge part of my psyche.”

Personal Story Zakia Jabre Hajjar: “What I Had in Jerusalem Was Like a Treasure, a Precious Gift, and I Lost It”

A Palestinian Jerusalemite’s memories of growing up in Jerusalem before the Nakba, as shared with her daughter through letters in later years

Video “We Are Here”—A Jerusalemite Family Story

A Palestinian whose family was forced to relocate from West to East Jerusalem in 1948 returns to one of the family homes in West Jerusalem that Israel confiscated and shares his family’s story and memories.