I am Jewish: Honouring Black Jewish Experiences

Hosted by Federation CJA

All Ages

  • Wed, Feb 24
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
  • Online event


Join us for the premiere broadcast for I am Jewish: Honouring Black Jewish Experiences 


In honour of our Black Jewish community members, we want to celebrate Black History Month together. The program will feature experiences & performances from here in Canada, and in connection to Israel.


Confirmed Speakers & Performers

-June Girvan, Founder of J'nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre - Every Child is Sacred, and acting president of Black History Ottawa Black History Ottawa

-Yaffa Tegegne B.C.L/LL.B, a lawyer and human rights advocate with an innate passion for public service. Social justice is in her blood, quite literally; Yaffa is the daughter of Baruch Tegegne, z”l, the Ethiopian Jewish community leader and activist credited with initiating the Aaliyah of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel

-Tema Smith, Director of Professional Development at 18Doors (formerly InterfaithFamily), and a contributing columnist at The Forward; building a meaningful and inclusive Jewish community through research, training, writing and relational engagement work.

-Nissim Black, an African American Hasidic Jew who brings sharp beats and hook-filled rhymes to the masses.

-Rabbi Sandra Lawson, incoming inaugural Director of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism. A rabbi, an activist, a public speaker, and a musician.

-And more to be announced!

This special broadcast is presented by the Embassy for Israel in Canada, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Temple Israel, and hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.


Broadcast is powered by StreamStage Productions & Video Editing by Ashen Excalibur Studios.

How to participate

Online event

The link to access the film, along with the password and viewing instructions, will be sent before the event.

Organized By

Point of Contact

Elise Abecassis