Feb 07, 2020 Feb 07, 2020
11:30AM 01:30PM The Migrant Journey of an Ethiopian Rabbi: University Event Topic: Academics,College,Community,Diversity,Humanities,Religion & Ethics,Special EventSchool: All Emory UniversityDepartment / Organization: Institute for Jewish Studies,Religion DepartmentBuilding/Room: Callaway Memorial CenterMeeting Organizer/Sponsor: Tam Institute for Jewish StudiesSpeaker/Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Sharon ShalomEvent Open To: All Students,Faculty,Graduate StudentsCost: FreeContact Name: Danielle PitroneContact Email: dpitron@emory.eduRabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom tried to leave Ethiopia by himself on foot when he was only seven years old. Returned to his home by the police, he later joined other relatives on a remarkable trek to Israel. He eventually became one of the first Ethiopians ordained as a rabbi by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.He also earned a PhD in Jewish thought from Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of Friom Sinai to Ethiopia: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry, which proved so controversial that the Sefardic Chief Rabbi of Israel had to step in to defend him from critics. In this book, Rabbi Shalom attempts to reconcile Ethiopian halakha with Rabbinic halakha for the sake of new immigrants and their children. It caused a furor both inside and outside the Ethiopian community because of its bold formulations. Today, Rabbi Dr. Shalom serves as chair of Ethiopian Jewish Studies at Ono Academic College in Israel, as the rabbi of an Ashkenazi congregation in Kiryat Gat, and as a frequent public speaker across the United States. Join us as he shares his incredible personal story as well as his scholarship for the first time in Atlanta! He will describe his own personal story, his book, and the challenges of race relations in Israel. + Callaway N204 Campus Events
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