Event Details

Shabbat Service with Sigal Kanotopsky 2/16

Friday, February 16th at 6:00 pm

Join us for a special in-person Shabbat Services with the guest speaker Sigal Kantopsky of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Friday, February 16th at 6:00 pm!

Sigal is the Jewish Agency's Northeast Regional Director. Sigal is the first Ethiopian Israeli to hold a regional Jewish Agency position and will be speaking on the Ethiopian Jewish experience and the Beta Israel community.

Those looking to continue the conversation with Sigal Kanotopsky are welcome to join us for dinner and hear more about the Beta Israel story. We will also be joined by a representative from Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry (SSEJ) and learn about their humanitarian aid efforts in Ethiopia. Dinner will take place in St. John's Church, across the street from Emanu-El. The dinner is sponsored by the Israel Action Commitee, and space is limited. Only those who register in advance will be able to attend.

Please Click Here to Register for the Dinner

Sigal has covered an unusual and impressive distance in her personal and professional journeys. Born in a small village in Ethiopia's rural north, she made aliya at age five, having walked three months to meet the flight that took her to Israel. Today, she has a B.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University and an M.A. in Dispute Resolution and Management from Tel Aviv University. Fully aware of her complex identity as a Jew, an Israeli, and a member of the Ethiopian community, she dedicated her career to ensuring young Ethiopian Israelis overcame the hurdles of racism and negative stereotypes they faced daily in Israeli society.

In 2022, Sigal was featured as one of the Jerusalem Post’s 50 Most Influential Jews. Sigal is a member of International Women’s Federation (IWF) and the Center for Ethiopian Jewry Heritage.

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer with Cantor Arik Luck.

To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, we also have the option to attend our services via livestream and Facebook Live.

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