The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents a film, Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2 PM. Admission is $10 per person.
This film explores a sect of secret Jews in Ethiopia. Named Bal Ej, craftsmen for their artisan skills, they have been persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors who slandered them as “evil-eyed” and “hyena-people.” They have been deprived of their basic rights such as ownership of land, which caused them to turn to crafts such as pottery, weaving, and iron smithery. Fearing persecutions, they appear as Christians outwardly and practice Judaism in strict secrecy. The synagogues are hidden deep in the mountains and have never been visited by strangers.
Some of their ancient traditions trace back to Biblical times and have been completely forgotten by the rest of the world. The film, Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, lifts the curtain of hundreds of years and reveals to the world, the history, customs, and culture of this remarkable community.
Funding has been made possible in part by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.