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Shabbat Dinner and Sigd Celebration

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.


Director: Ben Schuder & Niko Philipides, Israel 2014, 63 mins


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

12th Annual Sheba Film Festival

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.


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.



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


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

Ethiopian Jewish Experience

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


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