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Happy Sigd!
Thousands of Ethiopian Jews celebrate Sigd in Israel

Today, we join the thousands of Ethiopian Jews in Israel and worldwide in celebrating Sigd.

Israeli society is greatly impacted by the millions of new immigrants that have made the country their home. Each new immigrant brings with them their unique traditions and customs. For Ethiopian Jews, Sigd is an expression of their contribution to Israeli culture.

Sigd, which is observed exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah and reinforces the ideas of commitment to Judaism and the community. Traditionally, members of Beta Israel ascend a mountain to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The day is marked with fasting, prayer and, in Ethiopia, reflection on their hope to return to Jerusalem. In the evening, they come down from the mountain and enjoy a festive communal meal.

Today, Sigd is recognized as an official Israeli state holiday. The day offers a reminder of the diversity of our people and a chance to learn more about Ethiopian olim and their families.

To all those celebrating – we wish you a wonderful Sigd!

Keren Hayesod, among our core projects, prioritizes support for aliyah. We have helped more than 3 million Jews worldwide to make Israel their home. Among this work, we have supported Operations Moses, Solomon, Joshua and, most recently, Tzur Israel. We also offer supportive frameworks for the new immigrants as they begin their lives in Israel and adjust to modern living.