ONLINESigd: The Ethiopian Israeli Experience

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Jerusalem, Israel - November 20, 2014: Ethiopian Jewish women pray at the Sigd, in Jerusalem, Israel. The Sigd is an annual holiday of the Ethiopian Jews
Ethiopian Jewish women pray during Sigd in Jerusalem (Photo: RnDmS/iStock)

Join us to honor and celebrate the Jewish Ethiopian holiday of Sigd. A distinguished group of speakers will highlight the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community—their journey to Israel, integration into Israeli society and the significant role of contemporary Israeli Ethiopian arts and culture.

Colette Phillips (Moderator):

The Boston Business Journal named Colette Phillips one of its Power 50: Game Changers; The Boston Globe named her on its A-List, calling her Boston’s “social connector” and one of the “must have” people in the room when there are important events. Boston Magazine listed her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston. “Pioneer,” “visionary,” “connector,” “multicultural marketing maven” and “game-changer” are terms often used to describe Phillips, who refuses to be defined by traditional barriers of gender and race.

A risk-taker and enterprising person, she pioneered inclusion/multicultural marketing in New England. She is widely respected and recognized for her amazing ability to build bridges and create cross-cultural and inter-racial business and social networks and connections. Her breadth of experience spans close to three decades of counseling major corporations, C-level executives, celebrities, world leaders and mission-focused nonprofit institutions and policy-makers, as well as successfully managing and overseeing public relations, brand management, corporate citizenship and inclusion/multicultural marketing campaigns for a number of distinguished clients.

In 2016, Get Konnected!, her multicultural networking event series, made history as the creator of Boston’s first comprehensive compilation of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color, called the GK100 List. In 2020, it was named Boston’s Best Networking Group by Boston Magazine.

Professor Ephraim Isaac (Speaker):

Dr. Ephraim Isaac is the director of the Institute of Semitic Studies in Princeton, N.J., fellow at The Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation and fellow of Butler College at Princeton University. He is a founder and international chairman of the board of the Peace & Development Center that has been successful in promoting traditional eldership and peace in the Horn of Africa.

Dr. Isaac was decorated/knighted by His Majesty the King of Sweden as Order of the Polar Star, First Class for Lifetime Service to Peace and Justice. He is also the first recipient of the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award of the American Psychological Association. In 2020, he was chosen by the Harvard Divinity School as a recipient of the 2020 Peter J. Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honor Award that “recognizes distinguished HDS alumni whose excellence in life and work and service pays homage to the mission and values of Harvard Divinity School.”

An Ethiopian Yemenite Jew, Dr. Isaac holds a BA in philosophy, chemistry and music, a BD from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University. The first professor hired in Harvard’s Afro-American Studies Department and one of its founders, he was voted the best teacher each year by students, and the department has endowed Harvard’s Ephraim Isaac Prize for Excellency in African Studies.

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor (Speaker):

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor is the deputy consul general at the Consulate General of Israel to Miami. Previously, she served as the deputy head of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand. Before being assigned to New Zealand, Bainesay-Harbor served as the deputy head of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. Bainesay-Harbor holds an MA from Tel-Aviv University in public policy and a BA from Hebrew University in international relations and education. Bainesay-Harbor made aliyah from Ethiopia with her family at the age of 10. She is fluent in Amharic, Hebrew and English.

Oshra Friedman (Speaker):

Oshra Friedman, an Israeli media personality, entrepreneur and social activist, was appointed in July 2018 as deputy director-general of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women. The appointment is the highest-ranking position within the Israeli government and its national authorities ever attained for a woman of Ethiopian descent. Friedman made aliyah from Ethiopia as part of the clandestine “Operation Moses” when she was 7 years old. She received a BA in criminology and human resources from Bar Ilan University in 2002 and a master’s in the field of immigration and social absorption from the Ruppin Academic College. Friedman is currently studying for her doctorate in education and leadership at Haifa University.

Tamar Radah (Performer):

Singer-songwriter Tamar Radah, who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia as a child, produces music that combines her two cultural worlds, Israeli folk music with an African-Caribbean groove. This combination reflects the essence of Radah’s contemporary Israeliness, a combination of exiles deeply rooted in the land, Hebrew texts that connect to the melodies of the countries of origin, family and personal stories that preserve heritage and assemble the beauty and diversity of Israel. Radah presents a mix of fresh songs, soaked with groove and good vibes, which affirms her huge talent and her being a big promise. Radah is currently in the process of releasing a second album, a first single from which is coming up.

This event in English is being hosted by the Consulate General of Israel to New England and is co-sponsored by CJP, Get Konnected!, Hebrew College and Northeastern University Hillel.

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