The term "Ethiopian Jew" is an enigma to scholars since there are no clear records from anytime, anywhere, of Jewish migrations into Ethiopia.
There are many theories as to the origins of the Beta Israel of Ethiopia. In some Orthodox Jewish circles it is axiomatic that the Beta Israel are a lost tribe of Israel cut off from the main body of the Jewish people since at least Talmudic times. The Beta Israel themselves claim to be descended from Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Modern historians, however, argue that such notions are mythological, and that the antecedents of Beta Israel religion are not at all traceable to some archaic form of Judaism, but to the Orthodox Christian Church of Ethiopia!
In this multi-media presentation, we will explore the history and culture of the Beta Israel from their obscure beginnings up to their mass migration to Israel.
Ken Blady is a Jewish educator, author and translator of eight works from Yiddish. He was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn where he attended yeshiva and rabbinical seminary.
A San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1972, Ken has a BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in clinical counseling from California State University, East Bay. He is the author of Jewish Communities in Exotic Places, among other works. Ken has been featured on radio and TV talk shows, including The History Channel documentary Operation Magic Carpet, about the airlift of the Jews of Yemen to Israel.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma and the East Bay.
Tuesday, November 3
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
No registration required
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]