Sephardi Voices UK was founded with the mission to record the experiences of the Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews from the Middle East, North Africa and Iran who settled in the UK. Our filmed interviews document the fascinating history, rich culture and vibrant traditions of the communities our interviewees left behind.
Our work allows the families of our interviewees to connect with their past, whilst simultaneously allowing both researchers and members of the general public a window into the histories of these unique communities.
Join Sephardi Voices in conversation with Hélène Alexander MBE, founder of the Fan Museum in Greenwich, and Russell Harris, Editor at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Born Hélène Adda into the famous Mosseri and Adda families, Hélène lived an enchanted childhood in Alexandria, Egypt. The book is full of anecdotes, ranging from an encounter with the Aga Khan (who wintered in Aswan where Hélène’s father had bought an island), to the family’s crucial role in building Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
The memoir also details how Hélène, together with her late husband, Anthony Victor Nessim (‘Dicky’) Alexander CBE, established The Fan Museum, Greenwich, in 1991 – an institution that has earned world renown.