A Celebration of Sephardic and Persian Culture!

Recently, The Academy hosted an evening of discussion, music and food, all focused on providing a look into the unique and vibrant world of Sephardic and Persian Judaism, past, present and future!

Please see below for a recording of the exciting panel discussion with:
* Rabbi Daniel Bouskila – Director, Sephardic Educational Center
* Dr. Saba Soomekh – Lecturer, UCLA and Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC
* Neil J. Sheff – Immigration Attorney; President, Sephardic Educational Center
* Moderated by: Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D – President, AJRCA

The Forgotten Plight of Ethiopia’s Jewry

Rabbi Art Levine, Ph.D., J.D. (Class of 2009) recently visited the Jewish communities in Ethiopia and is raising awareness – and funds – on their behalf. We recently conducted a Q&A with Rabbi Levine to better understand the situation.

Q: Weren’t all the Jews of Ethiopia airlifted to Israel in Operations Moses (1984) and Solomon (1991)?

Levine: Most Jews in America and even in Israel think so, but in fact thousands were left behind. They have been living in terrible conditions ever since. This summer, I decided to travel to Ethiopia to see their circumstances first hand.

Q: What did you find? (more…)