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“Intercommunal marriages” means, first and foremost, marriages between Sephardim and Ashkenazim, though there were also marriages between members of the different Eastern communities, such as Yemenites and Sephardim.
An invasion of Yemen would be a catastrophe, especially for Yemenites.
Instead of wearing caps and gowns, we had to dress up as Yemenites, Ethiopians, Russians, and assorted other nationalities.
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There are obvious differences between the sexes in the dances of the Yemenites, the hasidim, the Georgians and Caucasians, the Bukharans, the Indians and the Arabs, while there is great similarity in the dances of the Kurds and Ethiopians.
The communities that constituted the major source of inspiration in the formulation of Israeli folk dance were the Yemenites, the hasidim and the Arabs.
Both the indigenous local population of Druze and Arabs and the influx of various Jewish ethnic groups, including Yemenites, Kurds, and Moroccans, influenced new dances.
Among Sephardic Jews and Near Eastern – Mediterranean groups such as the Yemenites, an age-old custom of funeral wailing women [endicheras] continued well into the twentieth century.
In her pursuit of stylistic elements that would characterize Israeli folk dance, she created dances that combined movement motifs, steps and group formations found primarily in the dances of Yemenites, Arabs and hasidim.
During their first years in New York, many Yemenites lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, later moving to the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.
She also choreographed Ozi v-Zimrat Yah (God is My Song and Strength) to a Yemenite folk melody she learned from young Yemenites who came to work in the settlements.
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