Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

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Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Dr. Shula Mola (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29
Time: 7- 9:00 pm
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: The Cambridge Collaborative

The Ethiopian Jewish community has lived in Israel for four decades. Many are familiar with the story of the community through two major events signed into memory as rescue of people needing salvation and heroism of the State of Israel. In this class, we will look at the story of the Beta Israel community from different perspectives. First, we will get to know the story of the community through the stories of the Beta Israel people. We will look closely at the social, religious, and cultural processes that rendered the Ethiopian Jews as a “black” community within a “white” dominant society of Jews. Second, we will discuss the challenges of race and racialization, at local and global levels. We will explore different approaches of the Beta Israel community to address racism. The class will use first-person research narratives, texts, artwork, films, and guest voices as our class text.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.