To honour our Black Jewish community members, we want to celebrate Black History Month together.
We are inviting you to view: I am Jewish: Honouring Black Jewish Experiences beginning Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm. The program will feature experiences and performances here in Canada, and in connection to Israel.
Video access link and password will be emailed to you prior to February 24. The video will be available until Monday, March 1.
Speakers & Performers:
- June Girvan, Founder of J'nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre - Every Child is Sacred, and acting president of Black History Ottawa.
- Yaffa Tegegne, BCL/LLB, a lawyer and human rights advocate with an innate passion for public service. Social justice is in her blood, quite literally; Yaffa is the daughter of Baruch Tegegne, z”l, the Ethiopian Jewish community leader and activist credited with initiating the Aaliyah of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel.
- Tema Smith, Director of Professional Development at 18Doors (formerly InterfaithFamily), and a contributing columnist at The Forward; building a meaningful and inclusive Jewish community through research, training, writing and relational engagement work.
- Nissim Black, an African American Hasidic Jew who brings sharp beats and hook-filled rhymes to the masses.
- Kendell Pinkney, a Brooklyn-based theatre-maker, Jewish life consultant, and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. When not doing rabbinic things, he can be found working on his next stage play, or, more often than not, watching Bravo television series marathons.
Presented by the Embassy for Israel in Canada, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Jewish Agency, for Israel, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Temple Israel, and hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.