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African Asylum Seekers: The history of refugees in the land of Israel

June 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Join us to hear from Dawit Demoz and Tamara Newman, who will share their inside perspective on Israel, seeking asylum and the current situation facing refugees in Israel.


DAWIT DEMOZ is a refugee from Eritrea who lived in Israel for six and a half years before receiving sponsorship to Canada in 2016. He escaped the oppressive Eritrean regime in 2009, fleeing to Ethiopia and then Sudan, Egypt and eventually Israel. In Israel Dawit became a social and political activist, working for the rights of his community. In Canada Dawit has refugee status and is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology at York University. Dawit continues to be a refugee rights advocate, particularly connected to the struggle for refugee rights in Israel. In a bizarre outcome of a life he never planned, he is a Hebrew speaking Eritrean, who socializes in the Jewish community in Toronto and follows the news in Israel.

TAMARA NEWMAN is the Director of International Relations at the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Tamara made aliyah to Israel from Sydney, Australia in 2013 and taught English to Sudanese refugees in South Tel Aviv before starting to work at the Hotline in 2014.

Sponsored by CBE Refugee Task Force, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu, Park Slope Jewish Center and T’ruah


June 11, 2018
7:00 pm


Congregation Beth Elohim


Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States
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