The Rosh Chodesh Group is delighted to welcome back Rabbanit Nechama Atlas who will talk us through the wonderful origins, customs and celebrations connected with the festival of Sigd.

Sigd is a holiday of the Ethiopian Jewish community, or Beta Israel.

During Sigd, which is celebrated on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, the community marks the renewal of the covenant between the Jewish people, God and the Torah. On Sigd, Ethiopian Jews pray to God and plead to return to Zion.

The Kessim (Ethiopian Jewish religious leaders), dressed in their traditional robes, carry the Torah scrolls while holding multi-coloured umbrellas and through prayer and fasting reaffirm themselves as a religious community.

Since, most members of the Ethiopian Jewish community have made Aliyah to Israel; members of the community now travel to Jerusalem and process to the Kotel and celebrate there. The holiday serves as an annual gathering of the entire Ethiopian community, and its members view it as an opportunity to strengthen their connection with their roots and culture.

Please join us by Zoom on Monday 16th November at 7.30pm for what should be a fascinating and enlightening evening.

Meeting ID: 984 8003 3319
Passcode: 288556