Two Zions: The Living Legacy of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon
Beit Hatfutsot organized a special evening in honor of the screening of the documentary, “Two Zions: The Living Legacy of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon”. Directed and produced by Cheryl Halpern, the documentary focuses on Zion in Jerusalem and Zion in Axum, Ethiopia. It is revealed through the relationship of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, linking the two nations, their culture and faith, from 950 B.C. to the present.
The film was presented at Beit Hatfutsot and included a visit to the Museum’s temporary exhibition “Operation Moses: 30 Years After”. This exhibit documents the immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel and their absorption into Israeli society.
The evening was both an enlightening and emotional event for all the attendees. Over 180 visitors including members of Academia, professionals and volunteers working with the Ethiopian community in Israel, as well as members of the general public attended the screening. A dynamic panel discussion was held with Cheryl Halpern and with Professor Ephraim Isaac, who was born in Ethiopia and is a distinguished scholar of ancient Semitic languages and civilization, African/Ethiopian languages and religion.