Ethiopian Weekend with Rabbi Shmuel Legesse

Scholar-In-Residence Weekend, June 22-25

Rabbi Shmuel Legesse

On June 22-25, join us for a weekend of learning about the Jewish Ethiopian community, its beautiful and complex culture and history, and its delicious cuisine!

Rabbi Legesse is a social activist on behalf of the Ethiopian Jewish community, who has represented the Israeli Knesset in International Public Affairs and served in the Israeli police force. He holds a master’s degree in Community Leadership and Philanthropy from Hebrew University, and one from Azrieli School Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and is an ordained Orthodox Rabbi.

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Ethiopian Jewry, Then & Now, Here & There: A Personal Perspective

Thursday Night, June 22, 6:30, at the Southside Library Community Meeting Room
A general introduction to the remarkable journey of Ethiopian Jews throughout history and in the modern era, in their ancestral homeland, in the Holy Land, and beyond, through the lens of my own experience and informed by my formal and informal study.
(For those in Albuquerque, Rabbi Legesse will present a reprise of this topic on Sunday, June 25, 2pm, at the JCC)
Co-Sponsored by Congregation Beit Tikvah of Santa Fe.

The Stranger’s Cry & How We Can Heed It

Friday Night, June 23, Shabbat Ethiopian Dinner & Discussion, following 7pm Services
Space is Limited! RSVP Here for Friday Night Shabbat Dinner & Discussion
Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian menu while we discuss with Rabbi Legesse: as Jewish people and citizens of the world, how should we approach and treat peaceful strangers, especially in an age where their presence among us is increasingly threatened by the powers that be and the socio-political currents they represent?

The Sefer Torah & its Role in Jewish Communal Continuity

Shabbat Day, June 24, Lunch & Discussion, following 9am Services
RSVP Here for Shabbat Lunch & Discussion
The Sefer Torah, whose writing is the last of the Commandments Moses imparted to our People as he took leave of his leadership, has long served to create common ground and unity among Jews, and its role is as vital today as ever.  Nowhere is this more imperative now than among the still ascendant Ethiopian community in Israel, as it struggles to re-establish its ancient roots in the Promised Land and pave the way for the next generation.

Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, as well as Anonymous, Robert & Jeana Efroymson, Eran & Naomi Brodkey Sharon, Ira & Paulina Braiman Robinson, David Nicholaeff, Jay & Linda Samuels.

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