Passport to Peoplehood: Ethiopia
Explore the rich Jewish heritage of Ethiopia. Learn about the ancient roots of Sigd, and the new expressions of Sigd in Israel today.
Take an Ethiopian tea break with recipes for Spice Cookies and Spice Tea.
Ethiopian Jews are part of the communal Jewish history of migration and expulsion. If you had to leave your home suddenly, what would you bring? Best used in conjunction with the Ethiopia Slideshow.
Articles about Ethiopian Jews
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Marley recruited friends including Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Ben Harper, and more for a joyous new LP.
Being Black and Jewish, I was always very aware of anti-Semitism and racism.
That 3-year-old girl who came to Israel barefoot, without a mother, and after a very long trek, has finally made it.
Even before the pandemic, the condition of people here was not good, we don’t have real houses and most of the community does not have a job, so you can only imagine what our present condition is.
I looked to the people around me who I had just met moments ago and saw the threads of life’s tapestry binding us together. It was a connection to my religion that I had never experienced.
Catch an Argentinian-Jewish cowboy, a murderer, tattooed Jews and more in ‘Jew,’ by John Offenbach, the center of a new exhibit at London’s Jewish Museum through April.
The government must do more to integrate Israelis who immigrated from Ethiopia and to combat racism and discrimination against them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Incredible story of sacrifice and the inspiration of a child, Vered Achihon, now 39, who walked to Israel with her parents from Ethiopia via Sudan, on a perilous journey spanning months.
Nirit Takele says she has always painted about the disadvantaged Ethiopian community; it’s not some stream of ‘black art’ shown for the trendy in New York or London
Over the past year, Dersso has become a sensation in the city’s small but growing rap scene, yet she has spent her whole life preparing for this meteoric rise.
Ethiopian Jews suffered under the Italian occupation but by 1943 they were able to reach out to the emperor to suggest hosting Jews fleeing Europe.
Led by popular Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom, the new institute seeks to move beyond ‘proving’ community’s ties to ancient Judaism.
A new study reveals that Beta Israel were active in the Marxist-inspired armed struggle to overthrow the regime
How parents' courage inspired a life of service for one Ethiopian Jew
Black pride, Israeli receptiveness to African music and an explosion of talent have combined to catapult a new generation of local singers and rappers to center stage.
What an Israeli Ethiopian Learned About Judaism from American Jews.
"And in that day, a great ram’s horn shall be sounded; and the strayed who are in the land of Assyria and the expelled who are in the land of Egypt shall come and worship Hashem on the holy mount, in Yerushalayim.” Isaiah 27:13 (The Israel Bible™)
Despite relative isolation from their Jewish brethren around the world for millennia, Ethiopian Jews have shared a dream — to celebrate Rosh Hashanah “next year in Jerusalem.”
The heroes who endured torture and risked their lives to save Ethiopian Jews.
Tiksa Negeri documents the Jewish villages of Ethiopia's city of Gondar
One of the many unique religious traditions developed and preserved by the Jews of Ethiopia — the Beta Israel (House of Israel) — is the annual Sigd holiday, which normally occurs fifty days after Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), on the twenty-ninth of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Since 2008, the Sigd has been an official Israeli state holiday, though it continues to be celebrated mainly by the country’s Jewish community from Ethiopia, which numbers upwards of 130,000.
Be’chol Lashon mourns the passing of Rabbi Hailu Paris, a native of Ethiopia who lived most of his life in the United States but never lost his connection to his native land.
Last winter I had the distinct pleasure of joining the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) cohort of twenty-five young professionals on a journey to Ethiopia.
Israeli Maor Sanbata came to the United States this past summer to be a counselor at Camp Be’chol Lashon. Born in Ethiopia, his personal experience opens a new perspective on what it means to be Jewish.
Jewish Ideas Daily: On the Sigd, Ethiopian Jews, before their mass immigration to Israel, would ascend a mountaintop, pray, read from the Bible, and affirm their desire to return to Jerusalem.
Ethiopians in Israel remember how they remembered Jerusalem.
Esther Beych’s eyes light up and her smile widens when she remembers her best friend—a classmate from Russia—tasting injera bread for the first time.
Haaretz correspondent Natasha Mozgovaya speaks to Ethiopians about maintaining identity in New York.
My Ethiopian name is Zaude Tesfay, and today I am known as Sharon Zaude Shalom.