Chassida Shmella

Ethiopian Jewish Community of North America

Mission statement:

 

Chassida Shmella is the organization of the Ethiopian Jewish Community of North America and our mission is to preserve the customs and traditions of the Ethiopian Jewish population, and to educate American, Israeli and Ethiopian-Israelis about these customs. 

We hope to preserve Ethiopia?s rich Jewish heritage
which goes back to biblical times. 

Our name, which means "Stork - Stork" in Hebrew and Amharic, 
is derived from the ancient wish of Ethiopian Jews to return to their beloved Jerusalem, just as the storks did, as they flew overhead.
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Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community of North America, 
25 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY  10004-1010
(212)284-6532

[email protected]

About Us (details):

       Chassida Shmella is a young and dynamic non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by members of the Ethiopian Israeli community living in North America. We began in late 2004 when we saw the need to share our rich history and religious customs with our fellow Jews and non-Jews alike in North America who did not know much about us. We also saw the great need to form an organization to help Ethiopian Jews maintain their ties to Israel and for us to advocate for our community in Israel and in North America.

     Our goal is to preserve the rich 3,000 year old legacy that is unique and vital to the full history of the Jewish people. We also want to build bridges with the various other Jewish communities that make up a rich tapestry of customs and share with each other our common beliefs and goals while preserving our unique stories as well.

     Chassida Shmella is unique in creating programs to teach our heritage through participatory programs that teach about Ethiopian Jewish culture through the perspective of the Ethiopian Jews ourselves. We also are creating programs to bring Israelis/Americans/Ethiopian Israelis together as one people. We advocate for the acceptance and assimilation of Ethiopian Jewish Culture to the larger Jewish community.  We wish to assist Ethiopian Jews in advancing through inter-community networks, educational opportunities and communal partnerships.

     Our main goal has always been to help the Ethiopian Jewish community in North America to fully integrate into the greater Jewish community while preserving our uniqueness as well.  We chose our name carefully to express this connection, and uniqueness:

  •  Chassida is Hebrew for ?Stork, " the loving bird that cares for its young and the orphaned young of other storks.  The stork epitomizes kindness.
  • Shmella means stork in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. 

    For thousands of years, storks have migrated from Jerusalem to Ethiopia.  When the stork would appear overhead in Ethiopia, the Jews would welcome it with this song: Shmella, Shmella, agerachin Yersalem deh na? ?Stork, Stork how is our beloved Jerusalem??

 

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Sigd in Israel

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Save the Date & Jon Us!

Friday night, November 1st
05 (1)

Rabbi Shalom

Special guests at dinner, joining us from Israel: 
Kessoch/rabbis from the Ethiopian-Israeli community- 
Kiddush: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout 
Speaker: Rabbi Sharon Shalom, Author of: Sinai to Ethiopia ?

Q/A to follow

Also joining us- Princeton Professor Ephraim Isaac 
& other leaders in the Jewish community

It's not too late to become a sponsor for this amazing Sigd celebration.

Celebrate with Us (2)

$40/ after October 23rd: $45 
Location: Upper West Side

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



 
 

Buy tickets here

SIGD celebration follows on: 
Sunday, November 3rd: 

Celebration at B'nai Jeshurun. 
257 West 88th Street, between B?way & West End Ave

Sigd: prepaid: $40/ at the door: $45

COMBO PRICE for both dinner and Sigd: $72

Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm 
Payment and/or questions: Chassida Shmella website or contact:

For more information ; (212)284-6532 chassidashmella@gmail.comchassidashmella.org

Please forward to your family and Friends .

~Sigd Program:~

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Israel Celebrates Ethiopian Jewish Holiday

Kes Mentessnout, Rabbi Sharon Shalom & Professor Ephraim Isaac 
will lead the SIGD with chanting? 
Enjoy Ethiopian/Israeli finger food! 
Enjoy the amazing music of the Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete & dancers 
By continuing to support Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish community , you will enrich your own Jewish life and learn some of the Ethiopian Jewish customs.

the Debo band

the Debo band

Please join us for the Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community our 4th annual SIGD celebration. 
On Sunday November 3 ,2013music Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete and with Dancers.

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



 
 

Buy tickets here

Ethiopian Sigd Celebration Shabbat dinner Ethiopian Debo Band and dancers (1)
Sigd_in_Israel2

Sigd in Israel

GetAttachment.aspx

Sigd in NYC

Save the Date & Jon Us!

Friday night, November 1st
05 (1)

Rabbi Shalom

Special guests at dinner, joining us from Israel: 
Kessoch/rabbis from the Ethiopian-Israeli community- 
Kiddush: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout 
Speaker: Rabbi Sharon Shalom, Author of: Sinai to Ethiopia ?

Q/A to follow

Also joining us- Princeton Professor Ephraim Isaac 
& other leaders in the Jewish community

It's not too late to become a sponsor for this amazing Sigd celebration.

Celebrate with Us (2)

$40/ after October 23rd: $45 
Location: Upper West Side

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



 
 

Buy tickets here

SIGD celebration follows on: 
Sunday, November 3rd: 

Celebration at B'nai Jeshurun. 
257 West 88th Street, between B?way & West End Ave

Sigd: prepaid: $40/ at the door: $45

COMBO PRICE for both dinner and Sigd: $72

Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm 
Payment and/or questions: Chassida Shmella website or contact:

For more information ; (212)284-6532 chassidashmella@gmail.comchassidashmella.org

Please forward to your family and Friends .

~Sigd Program:~

378117_299635116735056_83951143_n

Israel Celebrates Ethiopian Jewish Holiday

Kes Mentessnout, Rabbi Sharon Shalom & Professor Ephraim Isaac 
will lead the SIGD with chanting? 
Enjoy Ethiopian/Israeli finger food! 
Enjoy the amazing music of the Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete & dancers 
By continuing to support Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish community , you will enrich your own Jewish life and learn some of the Ethiopian Jewish customs.

the Debo band

the Debo band

Please join us for the Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community our 4th annual SIGD celebration. 
On Sunday November 3 ,2013music Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete and with Dancers.

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



 
 

Buy tickets here

Ethiopian Sigd Celebration Shabbat dinner Ethiopian Debo Band and dancers (1)
Sigd_in_Israel2

Sigd in Israel

GetAttachment.aspx

Sigd in NYC

Save the Date & Jon Us!

Friday night, November 1st
05 (1)

Rabbi Shalom

Special guests at dinner, joining us from Israel: 
Kessoch/rabbis from the Ethiopian-Israeli community- 
Kiddush: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout 
Speaker: Rabbi Sharon Shalom, Author of: Sinai to Ethiopia ?

Q/A to follow

Also joining us- Princeton Professor Ephraim Isaac 
& other leaders in the Jewish community

It's not too late to become a sponsor for this amazing Sigd celebration.

Celebrate with Us (2)

$38/ after October 23rd: $45 
Location: Upper West Side

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! 
 

Buy tickets here

SIGD celebration follows on: 
Sunday, November 3rd

Celebration at B'nai Jeshurun. 
257 West 88th Street, between B?way & West End Ave

Sigd: prepaid: $38/ at the door: $45

COMBO PRICE for both dinner and Sigd: $72

Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm 
Payment and/or questions: Chassida Shmella website or contact:

For more information ; (212)284-6532 [email protected]chassidashmella.org

Please forward to your family and Friends .

~Sigd Program:~

378117_299635116735056_83951143_n

Israel Celebrates Ethiopian Jewish Holiday

Kes Mentessnout, Rabbi Sharon Shalom & Professor Ephraim Isaac 
will lead the SIGD with chanting? 
Enjoy Ethiopian/Israeli finger food! 
Enjoy the amazing music of the Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete & dancers 
By continuing to support Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish community , you will enrich your own Jewish life and learn some of the Ethiopian Jewish customs.

the Debo band

the Debo band

Please join us for the Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community our 4th annual SIGD celebration. 
On Sunday November 3 ,2013music Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete and with Dancers.

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! 
 

Buy tickets here
Ethiopian_Book

The Ethiopian Jews of Israel - Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land,

by Len Lyons, photographs by Ilan Ossendryver, foreword by Alan Dershowitz

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And 
From Sinai to Ethiopia , by Rabbi Sharon Shalom

mesob

In addition, hand made Ethiopian jewelry and Judaica, woven Ethiopian basketry, and significant books will be available for sale and book signings:

Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community

Please show your generosity Be generous and help nurture 
We are grateful for any size donation. Thank you, in advance, for your much needed monetary support. All donations are tax deductible within the provisions of the 501(c)(3) non profit status. Volunteers, we also need support in these areas: administration, program planning, web design, computer skills. 
Contact us and make the connection. Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh L?Zeh - in essence, we are one big Nefesh. Contributions are tax deductible. 
The Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community relies on you; you are our family. 
Todah Rabah (Many Thanks)

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Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community, Inc.

Bizu Riki Mullu 
Founder/Executive Director 
25 Broadway, Suite 1700 
New York, NY 10004-1010 Tel: 212-284-6532 Fax :212-271-7925 
email:Riki.mullu@jewishfederations.org 
Chassida.Shmella@JewishFederations.org 
www.ethiopianjews.org www.chassidashmella.org 
Todah Rabah (Many Thanks)

Please forward to your family and Friends .

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Ethiopian Sigd Celebration Shabbat dinner Ethiopian Debo Band and dancers (1)
Sigd_in_Israel2

Sigd in Israel

GetAttachment.aspx

Sigd in NYC

Save the Date & Jon Us!

Friday night, November 1st
05 (1)

Rabbi Shalom

Special guests at dinner, joining us from Israel: 
Kessoch/rabbis from the Ethiopian-Israeli community- 
Kiddush: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout 
Speaker: Rabbi Sharon Shalom, Author of: Sinai to Ethiopia ?

Q/A to follow

Also joining us- Princeton Professor Ephraim Isaac 
& other leaders in the Jewish community

It's not too late to become a sponsor for this amazing Sigd celebration.

Celebrate with Us (2)

$38/ after October 23rd: $45 
Location: Upper West Side

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! 
 

Buy tickets here

SIGD celebration follows on: 
Sunday, November 3rd

Celebration at B'nai Jeshurun. 
257 West 88th Street, between B?way & West End Ave

Sigd: prepaid: $38/ at the door: $45

COMBO PRICE for both dinner and Sigd: $72

Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm 
Payment and/or questions: Chassida Shmella website or contact:

For more information ; (212)284-6532 [email protected]chassidashmella.org

Please forward to your family and Friends .

~Sigd Program:~

378117_299635116735056_83951143_n

Israel Celebrates Ethiopian Jewish Holiday

Kes Mentessnout, Rabbi Sharon Shalom & Professor Ephraim Isaac 
will lead the SIGD with chanting? 
Enjoy Ethiopian/Israeli finger food! 
Enjoy the amazing music of the Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete & dancers 
By continuing to support Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish community , you will enrich your own Jewish life and learn some of the Ethiopian Jewish customs.

the Debo band

the Debo band

Please join us for the Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community our 4th annual SIGD celebration. 
On Sunday November 3 ,2013music Debo band - Addis Ababa Bete and with Dancers.

Please Click here to donate, and buy tickets here.Thank you!



PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online! 
 

Buy tickets here
Ethiopian_Book

The Ethiopian Jews of Israel - Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land,

by Len Lyons, photographs by Ilan Ossendryver, foreword by Alan Dershowitz

DSC00012

And 
From Sinai to Ethiopia , by Rabbi Sharon Shalom

mesob

In addition, hand made Ethiopian jewelry and Judaica, woven Ethiopian basketry, and significant books will be available for sale and book signings:

Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community

Please show your generosity Be generous and help nurture 
We are grateful for any size donation. Thank you, in advance, for your much needed monetary support. All donations are tax deductible within the provisions of the 501(c)(3) non profit status. Volunteers, we also need support in these areas: administration, program planning, web design, computer skills. 
Contact us and make the connection. Kol Yisrael Aravim Zeh L?Zeh - in essence, we are one big Nefesh. Contributions are tax deductible. 
The Ethiopian Israeli Jewish Community relies on you; you are our family. 
Todah Rabah (Many Thanks)

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Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community, Inc.

Bizu Riki Mullu 
Founder/Executive Director 
25 Broadway, Suite 1700 
New York, NY 10004-1010 Tel: 212-284-6532 Fax :212-271-7925 
email:Riki.mullu@jewishfederations.org 
Chassida.Shmella@JewishFederations.org 
www.ethiopianjews.org www.chassidashmella.org 
Todah Rabah (Many Thanks)

Please forward to your family and Friends .

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