Fall Jewish Multicultural Programs

Jewish Community Center In Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

The Days of Awe
Thu, Sept 22 8 pm $15/$20

Performed by David Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience. The multicultural soul of acclaimed bass player David Chevan, virtuosic pianist Warren Byrd and members of the Afro-Semitic Experience will get you in the spirit of the high holidays. Drawing on the rich traditions of gospel, klezmer, Yourban drumming, niggunim, spirituals and funk, the Afro-Semitic Experience takes on the high holiday liturgy with a unique and soul stirring concept, not to be missed. The Afro-Semitic Experience rocks the house. -The Jewish Week

Ethiopian Sigd Holiday Celebration
Sun, Oct 9 10 am-2:30 pm
$20 JCC & Chassida Shmella members/$24 nonmembers

Don’t miss this unique celebration, which will be recreated in New York City for the first time! This holiday, established to commemorate the giving of the Torah and the ancient communal gathering in Jerusalem in the days of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, was integral to Jewish observance in Ethiopia. It brought together thousands of Jews, who traveled by foot from throughout Gondar Province to the village of Ambober. Observance included prayer and fasting, as well as a joyous celebration of the covenant between God and Moses on Mt. Sinai. Today, the holiday commemorates the return of Ethiopian Jewry to their ancient homeland. For our celebration, we will gather at the JCC at 10 am to walk as a group to Central Park, led by two Ethiopian Kessoth (rabbis) in the traditional manner. In the park, prayers and Torah readings will be conducted in Gez, the ancient language of Ethiopia. At noon, we will return to the JCC for lunch and a program of Ethiopian/Israeli music. Families and children are welcome. Pre-registration required. Co-sponsored with Chassida Shmella.