The Ethiopian Hebrews (Falashas) In The Western Hemisphere
About the Project
The Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation was founded in Harlem, New York, in 1919. This congregation of black Hebrews believe they were descended from one of the lost tribes of Ancient Israel. This text shows what life was like in Harlem's African American Jewish community. Discover a history of the group's first Rabbi, Wentworth Arthur Matthew, and his grandson, Rabbi David Matthew Dor. Included is a newspaper article from the Journal of the North Shore Jewish Community that elaborates how "Black is beautiful . . . and Jewish, Too".