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A Jewish Journey From Baghdad to Israel

Ariel Bason Freiberg‘s "Love + Salt" tells a familial refugee story

By CJP Arts and Culture

Published Mar 17, 2023


Ariel Bason Freiberg‘s moving installation “Love + Salt” explores her grandparents’ forced immigration from Baghdad to Israel — her grandfather, once a master tailor, now a builder.

This piece hits close to home. It makes us think about our own roots, family ties, and the struggle of starting anew. It’s a story that makes us stop and reflect on what it means to reshape our lives when everything familiar has been left behind. The experience of moving, adapting, and finding an identity echoes through our shared history from generation to generation.


Sophie Krentzman is the Director, Arts and Culture at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). She previously served as Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts at CJP. Sophie has also worked at Hillel International and Sitar Arts Center. Sophie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sophie is the first per...


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