About This Course
This eight hour course is broken down into short 10-20 minute lessons where Ethiopian Jewry scholars and activists present Ethiopian Jewry in the context of Jewish history and Israeli society, integrating issues such as racism, Jewish pluralism and inclusiveness, and the challenges of creating political and social change. The course provides a clear view into the rich past, present and future challenges of Ethiopian Jews and offer a window into the future of this dynamic community.
The International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry at Ono Academic College and American Sephardi Federation Institute of Jewish Experience (IJE) have partnered to create this full online course for adults and youth that can be learned at an individual pace. Ono’s Center is the only research institute focusing on Ethiopian Jewry and represents the world’s leading repository for the study of Beta Israel. ASFIJE has a long track record of producing successful courses presenting multiple diverse facets of world Jewry across history.
Unit 1: History of a Community
Professor Shoshana Ben Dor, Dr. Avraham Negouseh, Babu Yaakov, Dr. Simha Getaoun, @Professor Ephraim Isaac, Professor Haggai Eherlich
Unit 2: A community's traditions
Kes Avihu, Kes Semai Elias, Kes Mentosnot, Kes Efraim, Kes Ro'i, R Dr Sharon Shalom, Belaynesh Mekonen, Professor Ephraim Isaac, Joan Roth
Unit 3: Connection to the Greater Jewish World
Professor Shalva Weil, Micha Feldman, Rav Menahem Valdman, Joan Roth
Unit 4: Immigration to Israel
Rose Braun, R Dr. Sharon Shalom, Rabbi Mehahem Valdman
Unit 5: Life in Israel
Dr. Naomi Shmuel, R Dr Sharon Shalom, Dr. Aryeh Tepper, Marty Hershkovits, Belaynesh Zevadia
Course image by Joan Roth. Joan Roth is a photographer whose work has been published and exhibited throughout the world. Her passion lies in visually conveying the grandeur of ordinary women. Born and reared in Detroit, Joan Roth came to New York in 1962. Roth traveled worldwide to publish Jewish Women: A World of Tradition and Change, the first book about Jewish women - including in cultures such as Ethiopia, India, and Yemen - by a Jewish woman photographer.