Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ethiopian Jews at Jerusalem International Book Fair


 There was some lively singing and Ethiopian shoulder-shaking dancing going on this afternoon at the Jerusalem International Book Fair!

The traditional Ethiopian music came before and after talks by young Rabbi Sharon Shalomauthor of From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Shira Shatu, a Mandel Fellow writing her thesis on the aliyah of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

The event was to honor the 20th anniversary of the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews.
Refreshments were compliments of the Canadian Embassy.

I love the International Book Fair, held every two years!
You never know what you are going to discover there.
(For ABC Wednesday, E is for Ethiopian Jews.)


Reader Wil said...

Well that must have been a very great happening! I also like book fairs, the problem is that I have too many books and I shall have to get rid of at least half of them.
Thanks for your visit. Fancy a stuffed echina as toy! We bought a toy Tasmanian Devil for my daughter's baby girl.
I wish you a great week and hopefully not too cold.

bettyl said...

What an interesting event! It looks so fun and colorful.

Kay said...

What a lot of fun! I remember Jon taking us to an Ethiopian restaurant in Washington, D.C. It was such a fun experience. How wonderful that you were able to hear the music and watch the dancing as well.

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting piece of history
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cloudia said...

Very interesting & valuable!

SH -ic said...

lovely .. did yopu dance :))??

Dina said...

SH-ic, did I dance? No way. I have no idea how the Ethiopians do all that special upper body movement.
I admire people who can and do dance.

VP said...

I bought a lot of books at an International Book Fair in 1990, but I think it was in Tel Aviv...

Spiderdama said...

Looks fun and your picture makes me smile. Good choise for E!

zongrik said...

such a unique group of people, we don't know much about their literature or books

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