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Posted on on August 9th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

From a spokesperson in the US for the Ethiopian Jews now in Israel:

Please help 4th annual Sigd Celebration According to Jewish Ethiopian custom, the holiday of SIGD commemorates the giving of the Torah and the ancient communal gatherings in Jerusalem and originates from the Biblical book of Nehemia where it takes its name from the root of the word segida, which means to pray or bow.

In Ethiopia, 50 days after Yom Kippur the Jewish community would commemorate this holiday – the SIGD – through fasting and climbing to the highest nearby mountain, where thousands of Jews traveled on foot from Gondar Province to the village of Ambober. The joyous celebration included prayer and fasting, as well as the celebration of the covenant between God and Moses.

When the community moved to Israel, they continued this tradition by coming together from all over Israel to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. The promenade there overlooks the Old City, so it is appropriate. SIGD is now a national holiday where we celebrate the return of Ethiopian Jewry to our ancient homeland. This year, with your help, we hope to plan a local SIGD, which takes place in the fall.

If you’ve never seen a SIGD festival, please view many of the recent Sigd festivals taking place in Israel on YOUTUBE! Enjoy the colors, the ‘ruach,’ the spirit.

The Sigd festivals this year will take place in Israel, on October 31, 2013.

The celebration, which includes Ethiopian food, dancing, Torah reading – in the ancient tradition led by the Kes, the spiritual leader akin to a rabbi.

We strive to continue our successful ongoing programs with your support. All of our programs include Ethiopian Jewish food, and ritual and educational content to help preserve our valuable culture.

By continuing to support Chassida Shmella, you will enrich your own Jewish life and learn some of the Ethiopian Jewish customs. We are happy to accept speaking engagements to share about the Ethiopian Jewish experience and life. Invite us into your communities! To your synagogues and JCCs!

We are grateful for any size donation. Thank you, in advance, for your much needed monetary support. All donations are tax deductible within the provisions of the 501(c)(3) non profit status.

Volunteers, we also need support in these areas: administration, program planning, web design, computer skills.

Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community, Inc.

Bizu Riki Mullu
Executive Director
25 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10004-1010 Tel: 212-284-6532 Fax :212-271-7925
 Chassida.Shmella at JewishFederations.or…

Todah Rabah (Many Thanks)
Shabbta Shalom and L’hitra’ot

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