The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia

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The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia

Film Screening and Discussion

By American Sephardi Federation

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Sunday, April 2 · 4 - 6pm EDT


Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011

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The American Sephardi Federation, in partnership with Center for Jewish History, Kulanu, Project Shema, Kahzbar, Be’chol Lashon and Jewish Multiracial Network presents:

The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia

Film Screening and Discussion

Nafkot – Yearning, a new film by Dr. Malka Shabtay

The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, a new book by Marla Brettschneider


Dr. Malka Shabtay, Director

Belayneh Tezabku, Community Leader

Dr. Marla Brettschneider, Scholar

An Israeli Anthropologist traveling to meet a hidden Jewish community in North Ethiopia, together they are telling their special story of survival. Abera, a young artist joins to discover what has been hidden from him.

Dr. Malka Shabtay, an Israeli anthropologist and activist who is engaged with diverse Jewish communities, travels to Ethiopia to visit the community with which she is closely engaged. This time she arrives to film following the Community request to document and share its unique story of struggling for its identity and survival. Abera Teshome, a young artist asks her to join her journey so he may complete the missing pieces of his Jewish identity formation. They are traveling to visit the first hidden synagogue and participate in in the reenactment of the Red Cow sacred ceremony. When he return home, his mother gives him her blessings, and he take off for a new leadership.

Come learn about and support this historically hidden Jewish community in Ethiopia with the filmmaker, the editor of a new book, and a community leader from Ethiopia.

The event will be followed by a reception.

About the organizer

The American Sephardi Federation, a Partner of the landmark Center for Jewish History, proudly preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience. ASF hosts high-profile events & exhibitions, produces widely-read online (Sephardi World Weekly and Sephardi Ideas Monthly) & print (The Sephardi Report) publications, supports research, scholarship (see: ASF’s 2018 Broome & Allen Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients), and the National Sephardic Library & Archives, and represents the Sephardi voice in diplomatic and Jewish communal affairs as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and World Jewish Congress.

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