Bal-ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia
Tuesday, May 14, 4pm
Discussion after the film led by Rabbi Josh Bennett
Running Time: 97 min
Director: Irene Orleansky
Practicing a pre-Talmudic form of Judaism largely in secret, the Bal Ej community of Jews settled near Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia during the broader Beta Israel migration of the 19th century. Though the exclusion and discrimination that Jews face in the region forces most Jewish practice into the shadows, some younger Jews are taking steps into the light. This film examines the history, traditions, and struggles of the Jews of the North Shewa region of Ethiopia.
Co-sponsored by: StandWithUs Midwest, Temple Israel, Anti-Defamation League