Dec 18

Successful “Healthy” Festival In Dimona

Lovely weather and lively spirits graced the “It’s All About Health” festival in Dimona, Israel recently. Visitors came from throughout Israel to explore the lifestyle and culture of the African Hebrew Israelite Community’s urban kibbutz – Shomrey HaShalom – and to partake in the many fun-filled and enlightening activities.

The festival, held on December 12, was a successful pilot project sponsored by the Negev Development Authority with assistance from Dimona’s office of tourism, designed to showcase to Israeli and foreign visitors alike, that the Village of Peace is indeed a tourist attraction with plenty to offer.

Visitors enjoyed a friendly and festive atmosphere wherein the healthy lifestyle of the community was on full display. The community’s vegan cuisine was featured through various food preparation workshops. A full array of delicious vegan foods was also sold. The organic honey and honeycombs produced at the community’s own organic farm, garnered plenty of interest and purchases.

Another fun feature was a flawless and energetic dance presentation by the New Beginnings dance troupe, comprised of women in the community, several of whom were in their 60’s and 70’s! This was a reflection of the community members’ commitment to the life-giving concept of “Holy Concern” – making sure to exercise at least three times per week. An interactive dance workshop afforded the chance for all of the guests to join in the fun. Entire families danced together, young and old alike, and it was a high energy event. Fashions that were beautiful and colorful, but modest and comfortable were on display in a fashion show featuring the youth of the community, who brought the designs to life. The adherence to the biblical laws to wear pure fabrics of linen, cotton and wool, make the community member’s closets as important to their health as much as their dietary guidelines.

Other activities included a drummers’ circle, a peek at the scholarly photographic and research exhibition “African Presence in the Promised Land,” and displays of handcrafted jewelry and arts and crafts.

Throughout the afternoon, electrifying and soothing music from a variety of the community’s various performing artists graced the atmosphere. Live performances from three renowned Hebrew Israelite artists – Shavakiyah, Kiyah and Nadeev – were met with the crowd’s delight.

A true mix of people and families came out to enjoy the festival, from Yehud, Ashdod, Sde Boker, Beer Sheva, Dimona and many other Negev communities, even as far as Safat. The mayor of Dimona, Benny Biton, was also in attendance. He mingled with the crowds enjoying the activities and displays, joined in for a cultural dance and took to the podium with kinds words about the community and their positive impact in the city of Dimona.

The festival proved to be worthwhile and enjoyable for all those who travelled to Dimona. Closing sentiments were expressed in the question, “When will you do this again?!” Tourists and Israeli citizens alike can look forward to future festivals, guided tours and other events, to enjoy southern Judean hospitality and learn the essentials of the healthy, vibrant lifestyle of the members of the Village of Peace,… where it’s truly “All About Health”!

Feb 16

The Village of Peace Trailer

The film, which was produced and directed by Ben Schuder and Niko Philipdies, with executive producers Jack Madigan, Aaron McCreary and Amar’e Stoudemire, chronicles the African Hebrew Israelites, a community who migrated from Chicago to Israel in the late 1960s, and intertwines the story of four villagers to provide an in-depth and moving view into the community. The film made its world premiere Jan. 31,2014 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before continuing to other film festivals, and, eventually, a TV or cable broadcast premiere.

Feb 16

Exploring the African Presence in the Promised Land: The Sacred Visitation Experience

Wading In The Jordan River

Wading In The Jordan River

Tens of thousands of African and African American visitors to Israel come and go without an inkling of information that affirms their intimate links to this ancient land and its people.  

For starters, they are never even told that they are in Africa, walking and riding on the African tectonic plate.   Aside from possibly seeing a few Ethiopian Jewish residents, it is unlikely that they will ever see any of the thousands of people of African origin who have lived continuously for centuries in this crucible of culture and conflict.Because of these intimate historical and cultural connections, we are not tourists!  Sacred Visitation excursions hosted by the African Hebrew Israelites examine these organic links with this land, and reconnect you with your land and people… with yourselves! Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

African Hebrew Development Agency in Kenya

ahda

AHDA is proud to be an officially registered Local NGO in the Republic of Kenya. We have developed partnerships with African Boreholes Initiatives, Ltd., Darko Orphans and other agencies in an effort to mitigate drought and food security issues, offer bio-organic agricultural training and education, and regenerative health workshops.

Jan 14

Israelite Youth Expect another Success at 2014 Biannual International Conference Themed Around Restoring Value to the African Village

Armed with the success of their first confere2012 International Youth Conference_Seminarnce in 2012, the youth of the African Hebrew Israelite Community in Dimona, Israel deeply anticipate their upcoming International Youth Conference, scheduled for July 8 – 27, 2014. This year’s conference, spearheaded by the Youth on the Move, the international non-profit juvenile division of this community whose stated goal is to positively influence, involve and activate the minds and the character of the youth globally, promises to be a progressive, fun-filled event. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Affirming Greatness unto Yah!

I find joy and fulfillment in freely giving and receiving which creates a flow of Yah abundance in my life!
I am a whole soul, living in this whole kingdom, loving it with my whole heart, being a light unto this whole world!
I respect the earth and honor its infinite gifts; I listen quietly as it shares its secrets, reveals its wisdom and enhances my life!

Our wealth comes from our connection to Yah and one another!
The essence of our wealth is our spiritual currency. Don’t let anything impede its flow; keep the love going and coming!

Upon the mountain and under the heavens I declare unto Yah and His Holy creations, that I give honor and thanks and lift up the living savior which Yah has sent to save my soul, my people and the human family!!
When we speak truth, kind words, praises and thanks, we create a joyful, sweet sound in the universe and put a smile on Yah’s face!!

Written by Kokahvah eshet C. Elirahm

Feb 11

Communicators Press – Israel

 

 

Never before has truth been so accessible. All of our content will be available to you in a secure downloadable format. We feature both current and past books and presentations from Ben Ammi, Anointed Spiritual Leader of the African Hebrew Israelite Community; plus to previously never released media from the community.

www,communicatorspress.com

Feb 11

Shalom!

With more than 40 years in the Holy Land, the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem have managed inarguable string of achievements: men who are capable, responsible and caring; women who are valued as equals and encouraged to achieve; children who are protected, nurtured and encouraged to grow and appreciate the Creation and respect their role in it; elders who are healthy, vital, revered for their wisdom and knowledge and expected to continue as integral, functioning parts of the community. These are the very tenants that once were the hallmarks of successful, progressive societies. Whatever might be said about the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, above all, it must be recognized as a tangible, viable and more importantly, righteous, alternative for those who long to see peace, justice, mercy, truth, love. Selah