The Beta Israel community of N. Shewa turn out to support the Shalom Corp’s, “Adopt a Gedam”, first project, in Debra Brehan. Volunteers construct a chimney for the smoke room of the women’s cooperative pottery workshop. Word has spread to the Gedams (Jewish spiritual centers) in the region, and now other joint projects will begin in a few weeks.
Kol Hakavod to the Shalom Corp.
Shalom Corp leadership welcomes volunteers and community leaders.
Left to right, Michael Moges, (Purchasing Manager), Yenenesh Manaye, Mekdes Alaye, Enatfanta Fetene, Helina Engeda (Manager of Operations), Belayneh Tazebku (Marketing Director), look on as the first face mask is produced at the LOZA manufacturing facility in their synagogue, in Kechene Ethiopia. Besides employing members of the community, proceeds will be used for COVID-19 related needs, and some face masks will be donated to the local clinic.
This is the first Rosh Hashanah service held in Debra Brehan Ethiopia in probably 500 years. It was attended by about 50 people. Michael Moges, who led the service, was trained over the past several months, by Conservative Rabbi Gershom Sizomu from the Abayudaya community in Uganda. Michael wants to become an ordained Rabbi. There is small synagogue in Kechene Ethiopia for the Beta Israel community, but not in Debra Brehan, the heart of this community.