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"The President's Succah. President Shimon Peres hosted in his succah yesterday
no less than 10,000 citizens, who came from every corner of the country to attend the
traditional 'open succah'. The President's staff report that this year's event broke all
previous attendance records." Uri Yalon, "Israel Today"

"How Israel Absorbs her Unique Immigrants," The Jewish Post & Opinion, August 2013

"Israeli Ethiopian Youth Celebrate Heritage at Cultural Center," United With Israel, May 2013

The First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green & Accessible Pilgrimage, April 2013

"'Hairspray' in the Holy City," The Jewish Daily Forward, February 2013

"On the Israel Scene," Baltimore Jewish Times, February 2013

"Seen On the Israel Scene," The Jewish Post & Opinion, August, 2012

"Something Else" (Hebrew), Olam Katan, August 2012

"A Class Act," Jerusalem Post, February 2012

Dear Tracey,

The Bakehila organization has worked in Jerusalem for the last twelve years to generate social change through closing educational and social gaps, and providing equal opportunities to children and youth. We operate according to a unique, holistic working model based on continuous engagement in the lives of children and youth in Jerusalem. As part of the training we offer our organizationís field staff, we produced an evening designed to expose them to the rich and interesting culture of Ethiopian Jewry.

We were pleased to host Bat El Asmara and Havtam Vandemajin from the Malkat Shva Project at this event. Bat El added her exciting contribution to the evening by sharing the story of her roots journey to her homeland in Ethiopia. It was moving to hear how she returned from this journey empowered and proud of her origins.

In addition, Bat El and Havtam enchanted the crowd with a traditional Ethiopian dance. From the first moment they got up on the dance floor, dressed in colorful traditional dancing costume, they succeeded in exciting the crowd, who were enticed to get up and join in. Everyone enjoyed this pleasing and energetic experience, which left them wanting more.

Thank you, Tracey, and I would like you to express our gratitude to Bat El and Havtam for devoting their valuable time to such an important endeavor.


Mia Rodner

Project Director for Southern Jerusalem