New York (TADIAS) — Two events marking the Ethiopian Jewish festival Sigd are scheduled to take place in New York this coming weekend. Beta Israel of North America (BINA) Cultural Foundation is hosting a walk through Harlem on Sunday, November 3rd, followed by a reception at Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, while the Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community is organizing a Shabbat dinner and a concert featuring Debo Band at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in the Upper West Side.
The BINA reception includes coffee ceremony, food and music. “Come and take part in this wonderful event and see first-hand how The Sigd was observed in Ethiopia; it’s now a national holiday in the State of Israel,” the announcement said. “We will walk (for all who are able) through the streets of Harlem dressed in our white, traditional African Cultural garb carrying our colorful umbrellas.” BINA’s walk through Harlem will start at 1:00 pm at St. Nicholas Park (135th Street) and end at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th St. Organizers note that the walk and a preceding service at Old Broadway Synagogue (15 Old Broadway) are free and open to the public.
The JCC event, according to Chassida Shmella, highlights a special guest from Israel: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout. Other speakers include Rabbi Sharon Shalom, author of Sinai to Ethiopia.
IF You Go:
BINA Harlem Sigd Celebration
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building
163 West 125th Street 3rd Fl
Admission for Reception: $20 in advance $25 at the door
Chassida Shmella Shabbat Dinner and Concert
Friday night Shabbat dinner at 7pm is prepaid.
Price: $40, for both dinner and Sigd: $72
JCC of the Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street
SIGD celebration follows on: Sunday, November 3rd:
Celebration at B’nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street, between B’way & West End Ave.
Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm
Sigd: prepaid: $40/ at the door: $45