Ethiopia: The Land of Origins (A Virtual Tour)
Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")
Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture and great modern challenges. Within its borders, you’ll find the world’s fourth-holiest Islamic city, along with the oldest continuously-occupied town south of the Sahara. Compelling antiquities include the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and Gheralta, palaces and temples dating back 3,000 years, the magnificent 17th century castles of Gondar, and the oldest human fossils unearthed anywhere on the planet.
Ethiopia’s rich religious history includes Judaism, Christianity and Islam. According to Ethiopian tradition, one-half of the population was Jewish before Christianity was proclaimed the official religion in the 4th century. The Jews maintained their independence for over 1000 years in spite of religious persecution, enslavement, and forced conversions. Join us on Tuesday November 2nd, on the eve of the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd, as we travel with our guide Dr. Benny Furst to the “Land of Origins”.
This event is at 12:30 PM PT and 3:30 PM ET.
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