At this time of year our Facebook timelines are full of our friends resolutions to lose weight, recycle more, focus more on class, etc, and I think we know that most of these resolutions will be epic failures, and they'll will sadly end 2017 a little heavier, surrounded by bubble wrap and plastic, with retakes on the horizon. So here are some totally workable ideas for a happy 'JU Year' for members of The Tribe!
5 Reasons to Come to a Mekonen Film Launch Party
You’ll meet the most Jewish person ever.
In the film, you’ll be introduced to Mekonen’s father, who sacrificed everything he had to help fulfill the dream of immigrating to Israel. If Judaism means making difficult choices and inspiring others to fulfill a common cause, there is no greater role model for us to emulate.
Mekonen’s Story: The Global Dream to Belong
Jerusalem U is about to release a mini-documentary about the journey of IDF Lt. Mekonen Abebe. This film picks up on the story of one of the soldiers that we first met in the highly acclaimed documentary Beneath the Helmet during which Mekonen was a trainee soldier in the IDF's parachute regiment, under my command.
Mekonen: The Story of an Ethiopian Jew, presents both his history before joining the army as well as his process of becoming an IDF officer himself and I am really happy that Jerusalem U has made this film, and that I was able to be part of it, because I feel that Mekonen’s story is an important story to share.
It’s not just the personal account of a remarkable individual, it is also the collective account of an entire community, the story Ethiopian Jewry.
Mekonen's story is perhaps bigger than even than that of his community or of Israel - it is a univerals story, one that applies to any country grappling with the challenges of absorbing immigrants. It describes the process a person goes through to integrate into a new society, while still remaining true to his or her roots.