EVENT: "Yerusalem" Film Screening and Conversation with Levi Zini, Dr. Anbessa Teffera and Yaffa Tegegne (November 14-15, 2021)

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"Yerusalem" Film Screening and Conversation with Levi Zini, Dr. Anbessa Teffera and Yaffa Tegegne

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies will be screening the film, Yerusalem, The Incredible Story of Ethiopian Jewry. (Film link and password will be sent to you 48 hours before the film screening).

Following the film screening, in collaboration with Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University, will be a live discussion via Zoom on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 12:00PM EST / 7:00PM ILT with the film's Director, Levi Zini, Dr. Anbessa Teffera (Tel Aviv University) and Yaffa Tegegne (B.C.L/LL.B, Montreal). 

The webinar will discuss both the history and the current state of the Ethiopian community in Israel. In addition, it will explore questions regarding the memory of the community's immigration as well as the religious, economic, socio-cultural and political challenges of their integration into Israeli society. What is the role that universities, such as TAU, can play in promoting greater awareness and understanding of the history and the cultural make-up of the Ethiopian community among the rest of Israel?

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About the film
In Ethiopia they were given the derogatory term “Falashas” (exiles). In the United States they were referred to as “Black Jews”. In Israel, they are Ethiopian Jews. They themselves would rather be called “Beta Israel” (House of Israel). Descendants of an ancient Jewish tribe, for over 2500 years they managed to uphold the laws of Judaism, all the while believing they were the last Jews on earth. The ties between Beta Israel and their fellow Jews were renewed only at the turn of the 20th century, thanks to the determination of a few individuals, and the exodus of Ethiopian Jews began.

*Spelling Correction: Dr. Anbessa Teferra