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What is the connection between Jewish communities in the East and Eastern Jews (Mizrahim) in Israel? Until now, these two areas have tended to be studied separately; the first was considered primarily part of the discipline of history (and, to a lesser degree, of anthropology), whereas the second was linked to the disciplines of the social sciences and cultural studies. Even within the discipline of history there is generally a disconnect between the history of the communities in the country of origin and the history of those community members in Israel. This disconnect can also be seen in the existence of two institutions only a short distance from each other: The Ben Zvi Institute deals with the history of the Jews of the East, while the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute considers the theoretical issue of Mizrahim and Mizrahi culture in Israel and holds deep discussions of the cultural roots of Mizrahim.