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The 10th Annual Sigd Celebration*
Center for Jewish History
10011, NY
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The 10th Annual Sigd Celebration*
Join American Sephardi Federation and Chassida Shmella for the Authentic Ethiopian Jewish Weekend!

Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli-Jewish Community and Temple Emanu- El host an annual SIGD Celebration, marking this celebratory Ethiopian Jewish community event.
For the past eighth years, Chassida Shmella, the Ethiopian Jewish community of North America, has taken on the challenge and exciting experience, of bringing the SIGD ceremony to New York!

The overarching idea is to bring diverse people together to experience the beauty of this festival. Ethiopian Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Sephardi Jews attend and even others in the community who just want to experience- this amazing celebration.

This day commemorates both the giving of the Torah and the communal gatherings held in Jerusalem in the days of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah.
Thousands of Jews traveled on foot every year in Ethiopia from Gondar Province to the village of Ambober where the joyous celebration included prayer and fasting.
In modern times, the celebration commemorates the return of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel, our ancient homeland.

The day is a national holiday in Israel!

In New York, SIGD occurs approximately a week following the festival in Israel when a weekend is set aside for a SIGD in the Diaspora.

The festival is a full weekend event and includes celebratory meals, traditional Ethiopian music, dancing, and crafts. Here in NYC, the event comes alive through music, dancing, traditional food, dress and chanting, and through photos. Ethiopian Jewish Qesim (priests) and rabbis who live in Israel join us for the SIGD so the spirit of this festival can be authentic. Historical photos bring the viewer to experience the event as if they are there in time and place - in Ethiopia in times past, and in Israel in recent years.

Friday, 1 November at 7:00PM - SOLD OUT!
Traditional Kosher Ethiopian Shabbat Dinner with ASF Young Leaders
Professor Ephraim Isaac and special guests from Israel: Kes Eli Vanda Menntessnout and Revital Iyov (who recently appeared in Netflixs Red Sea Diving Resort)
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th Street
New York City

Saturday, 2 November at 7:30PM
Screening followed by a Q&A with Professor Ephraim Isaac and special guests from Israel.
Light refreshments will be served
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
130 W 30th Street
New York City

Sunday, 3 November at 5:00PM
Special guest:
Gili Yalo! Ethiopian-Israeli singer 
Kessouch reading in Ge'ez , Ethiopian Music and Shoulder
Dancing, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, traditional Kosher food and entertainment
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th Street
New York City


Center for Jewish History (View)
15 West 16th Street
10011, NY 10011
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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