Bezawit Abebe

Bezawit Abebe

Beza Abebe was born in Yabello, Ethiopia, a small town close to the border of Kenya. She grew up in Hawassa and received her LLB from Hawassa University. In 2009, at the age of 23, she moved to Israel and officially made aliyah in 2014. For the last 10 years, she worked in Jewish philanthropic organizations in Israel that strive for the integration, empowerment and equality of the Ethiopian Jewish community. She worked at Tebeka, advocating for the Ethiopian community, and The David Foundation, which works on leadership and education for Ethiopian Jews.

Beza holds a masters in government and diplomacy from IDC Herzliya and a masters in law (LLM) from Tel Aviv University. Beza is currently a SJD doctoral student at Golden Gate University in San Francisco specializing on International law.

Selected Publications

From Small Town Ethiopia to Big City Law Student, Jewish&, October 23, 2018

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An Ethiopian Recipe to Celebrate Sigd

An Ethiopian Recipe to Celebrate Sigd

10/27/2021
If ever there was a time for celebrating the depth and riches of Ethiopian culture, and Ethiopian food in particular, the holiday of Sigd is it.
Amharic Song for Sigd

Amharic Song for Sigd

10/18/2021
We want to invite American Jews to join in song with our Ethiopian siblings in the joy of celebrating the everlasting Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Since 2008, Sigd has been recognized as a national holiday in Israel.
My Fellow Ethiopian Israelis: We Must Condemn Blackface, Not Excuse It

My Fellow Ethiopian Israelis: We Must Condemn Blackface, Not Excuse It

03/02/2021
Blackface is not part of our history, and thus it is not our place to dismiss the pain that it causes to other Black Jews and to non-Jewish African Americans.
From Small Town Ethiopia to Big City Law Student

From Small Town Ethiopia to Big City Law Student

10/23/2018
How parents’ courage inspired a life of service for one Ethiopian Jew.