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This Is What Jewish Looks Like: Avishai Mekonen

Hosted By: Streicker Center Temple Emanu-El NYC

It’s long been a point of pride that Jews are a multicultural people with roots in every corner of the planet; that we are of all hues; that our grandparents spoke Yiddish and Hindi, German and Malayalam, Hebrew and Amharic.

For Black History Month, The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will celebrate our richly diverse experience through the personal stories of four prominent Black Jews who will talk about life as a minority within a minority and discuss what the Jewish community needs to do to turn the word inclusion into a reality.

A photographer and filmmaker born into the Beta Israel community, Avishai Mekonen chronicled his journey from Ethiopia to Israel as part of Operation Moses and on to the United States in the documentary film 400 Miles to Freedom, which explores racism and diversity in the Jewish community in the United States, Israel and beyond. He will show selected clips from his films.

Monday, February 1
Rebecca Walker

Monday, February 8
Avishai Mekonen

Monday, February 15
Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll

Monday, February 22
Michael W. Twitty

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