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Events Archive

Events Archive

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 06:00pm
What is Sigd?

Sigd is a unique festival celebrated by Ethiopian Jews 49 days after Yom Kippur.
The word Sigd in Ethiopic means "to worship" or loosely translated as "bowing". It signifies the reverence to as well as rememberance of the Covenant made when the Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 07:30pm

Director: Rachel Samuel, Ethiopia , 2013, 80 mins

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 07:30pm

Director: Ben Schuder & Niko Philipides, Israel 2014, 63 mins
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 07:30pm

Meseganio Tadela, 74, is a hard, obstinate, and nervous man. He immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, he is afraid of dying and being alone.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 07:30pm

Enjoy a memorable Shabbat experience and celebrate the Sabbath with unique Ethiopian customs and delicious vegetarian food.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 07:30pm
Directed by Timna Goldstein, Documentary, 60 min, Israel 2000, English

In 1969, weary of the harsh way of life in the U.S. ghettos and motivated by a sense of lack of origin, a number of African-Americans moved to southern Israel and established communities and a new identity. The members of these communities became known as the "Hebrew Israelites"; they believe only in the Law of the Torah and, as in Biblical days, they practice polygamy, allowing their men to marry up to seven women.

ImageNation’s RAW SPACE.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 07:30pm

This documentary talks about the situation of the music-talented youth in Shashamane, Ethiopia. This is a piece of land that Haile Selassie gave to all Rastafarian people who decided to come back to Africa. They do not have a studio or music distribution deals that can support them. Yet, because they love and need to express themselves by music, they keep doing it, facing many obstacles.

ImageNation’s RAW SPACE.
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
Admission: $12
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 07:30pm

To Be Like Avi

Directed by Inbal Shprinzak, Documentary, 50 min, Israel 2012, Hebrew/Tigriny with subtitles

The coming of age story of three friends, refugees who fled Africa and left their families behind, learn today in Israel in the Galilee and dream of following Avi (Formally Ibrahim) - the only refugee who obtained Israeli citizenship and joined the IDF.

Tuesday, May 27th 2014. 7:30PM
JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
Admission: $12
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 04:00pm
Ethiopian Jewish Experience Mar 21, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

MMERSE YOURSELF in Ethiopian Jewish Culture.

EXPERIENCE Ethiopian Jewish ritual

HEAR first-hand stories of the Ethiopian exodus

LEARN about the challenges facing Ethiopians in Israel

PARTICIPATE in Ethiopian Jewish dance, music, and craft activities

INTERACT with Ethiopian Israeli leaders

and, of course, EAT savory and healthy Ethiopian food

Registration is open now at
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 07:00pm

The film depicts the wanton invasion by Fascist Italy, led by Dictator Mussolini, of the Ethiopian Somali city “Wolwol“ in 1935. The Italians escalated the battle and were able to enter Addis Ababa on May 5, 1936, and occupied it until 1941. During the five year occupation of Ethiopia, Mussolini’s soldiers looted many artifacts and historical monuments from Ethiopia, one of which was the Aksum Obelisk.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 01:00pm

Join the Beta Israel community as we celebrate the Sigd festival .

SIGD is a day of remembrance of the covenant made when the Torah was given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and consists of prayer,fasting and thanksgiving.

St. Nicholas Park 135th Street ( prayer services, in case of rain Old Broadway Synagogue,15 Old Broadway,New York, NY 10027)

The festive meal will take place at:
State Office Building

163 West 125th Street, 3rf Fl

New York, NY 10027

Admission: $20 in advance $25 at the door
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 04:00pm
The works on display in this show, presented in broad and smooth strokes, represent the best of young artists inspired by Ethiopia. Their creative touches, chosen styles, artistic interpretations and personal histories are eclectic, but all share a special attachment to Ethiopia.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 07:00pm
Directed by Aileen Leblanc/Documentary/Ethiopia, Israel/2012/70 min/Amharic, Hebrew with Subtitles. NYC Premiere!

It’s a four hour flight into their future. Until recently Fekadu and his family have been practicing Christians, though they are of Jewish heritage. Will they qualify for a new life in Israel? They have been waiting in Gondar, Ethiopia for ten years. Fekadu learns that he may go only if he leaves his adopted son, Worku, behind.

The Doles Center 250 South Sixth Ave Mount Vernon, New York 10550
Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 07:30pm
Directed by Paolo Barberi and Riccardo Russo
Documentary / Italy / 2011 56 min/ Oromo with English subtitles. New York Premiere

Each year, when the dry season peaks in Southern Ethiopia, the Borana herders gather with their livestock around the ancient “singing wells.” Young shepherds form human chains, drawing water from the depths of the well. The film introduces us to a unique water-management system that allows the Borana to distribute the scarcity of water as the property and right of everyone.

Faison Firehouse Theatre 6 Hancock Place
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 07:30pm
Directed by Jeff Lieberman; Documentary, Nigeria, USA/2012/ 95 min/ Hebrew, English with subtitles.

In an African country where Christians are terrorized and their churches burned down, it is a decision of extraordinary bravery for Nigerians to declare themselves Jewish, which has been done by thousands of lgbo. Even deniers of the Igbo’s claim that they are a Lost Tribe of Israel will be impressed by the Nigerians’ intense commitment to practicing Jewish ritual, learning Hebrew and keeping kosher.

Q&A with Jeff Lieberman Director.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 08:00pm
Directed by Monica Haim/Documentary/USA/2012/60 min/English

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 07:00pm
Directed by Jerry Rothwell, Documentary / U.K. /2012/86 min/ Amharic, Oromo with English subtitles.

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji—an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes. The film tells the story of two young girls, living in a rural town as they try to run their way to a different life. Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they train to become professional athletes.

The Schomburg Center 515 Malcolm X Blvd
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:00pm
Directed by Daniel Remer/ Documentary/Ethiopia, Israel /2011/30 min/English. New York Premier.

At the age of four, after walking through the desert from Ethiopia to Sudan, Leah arrived in Israel. The film follows her story: her struggle for identity, the return to her birthplace, and her success as a law student. A fascinating story full of hope, inspiration, and recognition of the wonders of life.

Followed by a panel discussion.

Center for Jewish History 15 W 16th Street New York, NY 10011
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 07:30pm
10th Annual Sheba Film Festival
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 07:30pm
Director: Meni Elias / Producer Micha Shagri

78 minutes Israel, 2010. Hebrew & Amharic w/English subtitles

Synopsis: Between the years 1983-1985 thousands of Ethiopian Jews marched nearly 200 kilometers from the region of Gondar in Ethiopia to the Sudanese border, with the hope of reaching the Land of Israel. These immigrants, many of them elderly, women and children, suffered from the heat and the lack of water and food during the difficult journey. Almost 2,000 people did not reach the final destination.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 06:30pm
Director: Denis Khalifa

52 minutes- 2011-France, Amharic w/ English subtitles

The meeting of Getnet, an Ethiopian Jew, and Salomon, an Orthodox Christian, takes us into the heart of Ethiopia's history and religious traditions. The two men travel from Addis Ababa to Gonder, 900 kilometers through Ethiopia's villages and countryside.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 07:00pm
Director: Maurice Dorès, Sarah Dorès

59 minutes 2012 – France , French w/ English subtitles

Jacques Faitlovitch encountered with the Ethiopian Jews during his first exploration, in 1904. The movie traces back the journey of an unusual character looking for the Lost Tribes. What kind of man was he? His personality is revealed through interviews, photographic archives and correspondence.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 06:30pm
You are Invited to a Special Presentation by Asher Elias with an Introduction by Susan Pollack Join us for a presentation with Ethiopian-Israeli visionary Asher Elias for an informed look at the challenges and opportunities currently facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Beginning with an overview of the "Dream" while in Ethiopia through the enchanting historical archives at the AJHS - and then fast-forwarding to the situation today, Asher Elias will take you from the "Dream of a Thousand Years" to an analysis of the disturbing disparities of life in Israel for Ethiopian Jews today.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 07:00pm
DIRECTORS AVISHAI YEGANYAHU MEKONEN AND SHARI ROTHFARB MEKONEN In 1984, the Beta Israel—a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains—began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then 10 years old, was among them. In this film, he breaks his 20-year silence about the kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community’s exodus. This life-defining event launches an inquiry into identity, leading him to other African, Asian and Latino Jews in Israel and the U.S.
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 05:00pm
Special Reception sponsored by JCRC-NY
Thursday,June 16th 7:00PM

Special Viewing Hours:
Thursday,June 23rd 5:00PM

The exhibition serves to provide a glimpse to the diverse Jewish world. The Exhibition documents and provides a window into the humble abode and daily living rituals of these special people. The Many Faces of Yisrael is an enlightening,emotional and visual experience into the Hebrew Communities that have continued to maintain their belief and historical connection to their cultural past and forefathers from the ancient land of Yisrael.
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 07:00pm
Director: Benjamin Mandell (Ethiopia/Israel 2010), 27 min, Amharic

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 07:30pm
Director: Yemane I. Demissie (Ethiopia / USA 2009), 58 min, Eng

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 07:30pm
Director: Curt Fissel (Uganda/USA 2010), 40 min, English

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 03:00pm
Moshe Rahamim (Tesgau Mahari) carries a great burden. For years he has been explaining and preaching, and yet, the pervasive HIV virus keeps killing in his community. Against the "silencing" policy of the Public Health Authority and the denial of the Ethiopian community, Moshe sets out to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. He goes back to Ethiopia, where he finds thousands of Ethiopians, waiting for years in compounds, where they are exposed to the HIV virus, to fulfill their dream and immigrate to Israel.