The Greenburgh Hebrew Center will be presenting the documentary “400 Miles to Freedom” on Sunday morning, October 1. The event starts at 10 am with a light breakfast, followed by the movie (1 hour long), and then a Q&A with the co-director Avishai Mekonen. This movie is sponsored by the Sisterhood of GHC and is open to the entire community.
In 1984, the Beta Israel—a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains—fled a dictatorship and began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then 10 years old, was among them. In this film, he breaks his 20-year silence about the brutal kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community’s exodus out of Africa. This life-defining event launches an inquiry into identity, leading him to African, Asian and Latino Jews in Israel and the U.S.
Suggested voluntary donation is $18. Free babysitting is also available and reservations are strongly preferred.
The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a fully egalitarian Conservative synagogue serving the Rivertowns and adjacent communities. The synagogue welcomes traditional, interfaith, and blended families, singles and LGBTQ participants, and has daily services that are spirited and participatory. For further information, please call 914-693-4260 or visit http://www.g-h-c.org