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Tel Aviv University Professor to Speak About the Africanization of Israel

Posted Jan. 25, 2011

Dr. Galia Sabar, chair of African Studies at Tel Aviv University, is coming to Kent State University on Thursday, Feb. 3 to speak about various issues in Israel that most people are unaware of. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The first event is a lecture at noon in Oscar Ritchie Hall where Dr. Sabar, the only woman recipient in Israel of the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award, will speak about the challenges facing Israel with the absorption of about 100,000 Ethiopian Jews.

“This lecture is about exposure—a lot of people are unaware that there are Ethiopian Jews,” said Chaya Kessler, director of Jewish Studies at Kent State University. “There are also many similar problems Israel and the United States are facing in terms of migrant workers.”

At 4:30 p.m. in the Cohn Jewish Student Center, there will be a Women’s Only Mocktail Hour, followed by an Ethiopian Dinner at 5:30 p.m., which is free for students and $18 for non-students.

At 7 p.m., Dr. Sabar will give a final lecture about the life and challenges of living as an Israeli, Jew, mother, scientist and a social activist.

The Jewish Studies Program, Pan African Studies and Hillel at Kent State are jointly producing the day with Dr. Sabar.

To RSVP for the events at the Cohn Jewish Student Center or for more information, contact Ricky Marcus at 330-678-0397 or


Media Contacts:
Chaya Kessler,, 330-672-8926
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595