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From Ethiopia to Israel: My Story

Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Jewish Ethiopian Community, ‘Beta Israel,’ lived in Ethiopia for thousands of years. They experienced a long history of famine, religious oppression, and civil war. In the 20th century, tens of thousands immigrated to Israel. They faced a harrowing journey, many traveling on foot for up to 2 months from Ethiopia to Sudan, spending years in refugee camps, and experienced additional challenges once they did cross the border into Israel. Prof. Rabbi Shalom immigrated alone at 8 years old, certain that his parents were dead, and lived as an orphan at a children’s home in Afula. He joins us to share his personal journey, and the experiences he has had since then as an immigrant in Israeli society.

Prof. Rabbi Sharon Shalom is a scholar of Ethiopian Jewish law, culture, and practice. He is the Chair of the International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry at Ono Academic College and a Professor at Bar-Ilan University. He also serves as the Rabbi of the “Kdoshei Israel” community in Kiryat Gat.

Event Timing: Monday, February 3, 6 pm
Event Address: Berkeley Law, Goldberg Room, 297
Contact us at mshemtov@berkeley.edu

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PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to students, faculty, and UC Berkeley staff. University IDs will be required for entry.  

Dinner is provided.
Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies and Berkeley Hillel


Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies


Goldberg Room (2nd floor)

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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