Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

Beth Ha-Tefilah Headquarters Synagogue

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Zt”l  “zekher tzadik livrakhah”

“May the memory of this righteous one be a blessing.”

 


Tribute to the late

Honorable Chief Rabbi

Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l

 

“We believe the people Moses led out of Egypt were black”

(Honorable Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l April, 1968)


Sunday, June 23, 2019 marks the Honorable Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew’s, zt”l (Chief Rabbi Matthew zt”l) one hundred and twenty-seventh birthday; he was a prince of the House of Lewi, and a servant of his people.  The only rabbi with credentials from Ethiopia.  It is from Addis Ababa that I derive my authority as head of the Black Jews in the United States.  His legacy and teaching reach far beyond the centennial (On Mount Horeb, God appeared to Moses as a burning bush, revealed to Moses his name YHWH.  YHWH commanded Moses to return to Egypt and bring his chosen people (Israel) out of enslavement and into the Promised Land (Canaan); approximately 1446 BC when Moses received the Ten Commandments - (Hebrew: עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת, Aseret ha'Dibrot), also known as the Decalogue.) of his founding of the Commandment Keepers (The Ethiopian Hebrews (Falahas) in the Western Hemisphere) synagogue on April 15, 1919. 


We celebrate one hundred and twenty-seven years of his birth as an occasion for memorial, reflection, revitalization, renewal and spiritual connection to Chief Rabbi Matthew’s zt”l core ideologies and beliefs.  Chief Rabbi Matthew emphasized the importance of living our lives in accordance with Torah; and never should we forsake its basic principles.


Chief Rabbi Matthew zt”l was born, June 23, 1892 (1892-1973).  He was the Chief Rabbi of the Ethiopian Hebrews in the Western Hemisphere.  “He came to America in 1912 via the West Indies.  He says he has pursued his rabbinical studies in Berlin and Heidelberg in Germany and claims a doctorate in metaphysics.  He also studied mental telepathic experiences.  One of his major abilities, however, appears to be a talent for organization and the executive and creative power that makes something out of nothing.  It involves skill, patience, knowledge of purpose, tenacity, belief and self-denial.  Only this way could the former little boy from the African Gold Coast build up a growing Falasha community in a raw, hostile and suspicious environment…It took him decades – but he succeeded.  They are Jews who take their religion seriously – and do not spare effort and material sacrifice to build the congregation…”  (April 1968 Sepia magazine, p. 30)


In April 1968, 51years ago, Sepia magazine covered an article entitled, “Black Jews of Harlem,” and asserted the following:  “…Rabbi Matthew believes the long line of Ethiopian rulers from Menilek down to and including Haile Salassie “The Lion of Judah,” had been Hebrews… The 10 tribes of the kingdom of Judah were scattered largely into Africa. We believe the people Moses led out of Egypt were black…Chief Rabbi Matthew zt”l had close contact with Emperor Haile Selassie and with the Falasha Hebrews in Ethiopia.  He was among those who founded the Ethiopian World Federation and, in 1954, when the late Emperor came to America, Rabbi Matthew was invited to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to greet him.”  (Sepia magazine, p. 30; Rabbi Yhoshua Ben Yahonatan, October 1983 Ascent, p 9)


In the Hebrew Bible the term Israelites is used interchangeably with the term Twelve Tribes of Israel.  Although related, the terms Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews are not interchangeable in all instances. "Israelites" (Yisraelim) refers specifically to the direct descendants of any of the sons of the patriarch Jacob (later called Israel), and his descendants as a people are also collectively called “Israel.”  (“Black Hebrews and Their Heritage” By Rabbi Yhoshua Ben Yahonatan)


“ACCORDING TO TORAH (HOLY SCROLLS) and ancient biblical history, all Hebrews began with the Patriarch Abraham in what is now the Middle East…What is not so commonly known is the history of those Hebrews who were scattered into Sub-Sahara Africa.  The more that is learned through anthropology and archaeology, the more certain it appears that dark-skinned Hebrews spread their religion into many areas, especially into East and West Africa.  In doing this, they had an impact that most white historians prefer to gloss over or deny.  Considering recent discoveries about Phoenician voyages to the Western Hemisphere more than two millennia ago, it may well be asked:  “Were there free Black Hebrews in America long before the Marranos who sailed with Columbus and the slaves who were shipped there from West Africa?”


“It was in West Africa that the strands of history came together for most of the Hebrew Israelite people living in the Americas today.  It is a known fact that Black Hebrews were in Africa 1500 years before Islam and that everywhere the Arabs traveled in Africa, they found Hebrews…Fortunately, there has been a great awakening among many Black Americans as to the nature of the lies put forth by the slave owners, their descendants and many of the Christian churches that supported them.  Many Black Americans are now realizing and acting on the knowledge that they are descendants of the early Hebrews.  The major forces behind the development of this awareness were the first pioneers for modern Black Israel in America, those Black Hebrew immigrants who came to the United States from Ethiopia, other parts of Africa and the Caribbean Islands. 

Notable among these were Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford, a man who was Marcus Garvey’s choir director and who preached that Black people in America were really children of the House of Israel.  Such teachings aided some of the so-called “Negroes” to reclaim their Hebraic heritage.”


“Another leader during this crucial period was Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew who was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1892, and who came to the U.S. by way of the Caribbean…”(“Black Hebrews and Their Heritage” By Rabbi Yhoshua Ben Yahonatan)

The Exodus (The Exodus Begins (approximately 1446 BC) [Exodus “Shemot” 13-18]; 1446 BC The Israelites at Mount Sinai [Shemot 19]; 1446 BC Moses Receives the Commandments [Shemot 20]; 1446 BC Moses Receives the Law [Shemot 21 – 24]; 1446 BC Preparations for the Tabernacle  [Shemot 25 – 31]; 1446 BC The Golden Calf and Moses' Anger [Shemot 32]; 1446 BC The Journey Resumes [Shemot 33 – 39]; 1445 BC The Tabernacle is Erected and Filled [Shemot 40]; has cultural significance in that it is at the center of Israelite identity.  Chief Rabbi Matthew zt”l embraced the faith of his Israelite ancestors and taught that we are a part of one of the most ancient of all religions and peoples.  We are Israelites with a heritage that extends back to the coming out of Egypt; standing at Mount Sinai; and a birth of a Nation.  Chief Rabbi Matthew’s message to Israel is that we were delivered from slavery by YHWH and therefore belong to YHWH through the Mosaic covenant. 


The Torah is unequivocal: the Israelite people were chosen by YHWH to be His nation.  The Israelite has a special relationship with YHWH and has a unique calling among the nations of the world.  We are the people who came out of Egypt from under the enslavement of Pharaoh; we are the people who were liberated through the hand of YHWH and stood at the foot of Mount Sinai.  – We are YHWH’s chosen treasure.  “You are a holy nation to the Lord, your God; the Lord, your God, has chosen you to be for Him a treasured nation from all of the nations which are on the face of the earth.”  Deuteronomy (Devarim) 7:6


Three separate biblical verses record the Israelites’ acceptance of the obligations that the Torah will impose on them, but only the last of these contains the phrase “na’aseh v’nishma.”(We shall do and we shall hear - The Vow of Shavuot.) When Moses first ascends to Mount Sinai, YHWH commands him to tell the people that if they accept the covenant, YHWH will make them a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Shemot 19:6). Upon hearing these words, the people respond, na’aseh v’nishma “All that YHWH has said, we will do” (Shemot19:8).


Later in the text, after Moses relates specific divine rules to the people, they again say, “All of the things that YHWH has said, we will do” (Exodus 24:3). A few verses later, after Moses writes and reads aloud the words of the Torah, the people utter the phrase “na’aseh v’nishma,” “We will do and we will hear” (Shemot 24:7).


The people Moses led out of Egypt were black; Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Aseret ha'Dibrot; and the Israelites became a Nation (Birth of Israel approximately 1446).  We the people – Israelites – are older than 100 years; we are expansive in our legacy. 


“…We are the bloodline descendants from the biblical Israelites.  We are not black jews, black Israelites, black Hebrews, Hebrew Israelites, colored jews, negro jews, African jews, jewish people or any other kind of jew or Israelite with an adjective before or after our correct and official name.  We are plain and simply the Israelites or people of Israel or the tribes of Israel.  We are not Israelites because of the colors or complexions of our skin, but only because we are bloodline descendants by father or mother from the twelve tribes of Israel.  No matter what we may look like in features or what the shade or complexion our skin may be, that does not change our nationality.  We are who we are because of from whom we are descended.  Since our forefathers and mothers were Israelites that makes us Israelites also.  We cannot help or change the fact of who our forefathers or founding fathers were.  There is no possible way for us to change that fact of history through all eternity…


The tribe of Dan left the land of Israel nearly 2700 years ago.  They passed through Egypt on their way to the land of Cush (Ethopia)…In time they left the land of Cush and migrated onward to the land of Havilah called West Africa today…

The culture and heritage of the majority of the tribes and clans of West Africa is Israelitic.  The peoples on the continent of Arabinya (Africa) such as the Ashanti…Yoruba…These are the tribes and clans that were subjugated and brought into the western world during the great enslavement period, from 1550 to 1850.  Since the people who were brought to the western world were Israelites, then their descendants here today are Israelites…


In our sacred writings called by us the Tanak and by the gentiles the bible, God spake through Zephaniah the prophet, saying:  “From beyond the rivers or borders of Cush (Ethiopia) in the distant Sudan (West Africa is the western Sudan) my scattered people Israel, will again bring offerings to Me.  Zephaniah 3:10.  The Eternal, the Holy One of Israel said, that the greatest portion of the nation of Israel were located on the continent we call Africa today, and that they resided beyond the land of Cush (Ethiopia).  The vast bulk of the Israelite nation migrated over the continent called Africa by the Europeans (Edomites); but known from ancient times by the Israelites and other nations of antiquity as the land of Arabinya.  The moslem writer, historian and traveler Ibn Batoutah who visited West Africa in the middle of the fourteenth century C.E., stated in his writings that “West Africa is the land of the Jews.”


The great enslavement period from 1550-1850 was the wholesale destruction of the Israelite tribes and clans of West Africa by the Christian and Islamic world, during which time 300 million Israelites were destroyed and enslaved.  European historians admit that 200 million of our people were dumped into the Atlantic ocean, and another 100 million were enslaved or perished in North and South America and the West Indian islands…”  (Jerusalem Calling Newsletter 3225 Shevat/February 1990 Who And What We Are And Who And What We Are Not from a circulating “Chain Letter,” Author unknown)

 

Commandment Keepers Synagogue 

above a drugstore at 87 West 128th Street and Lenox Avenue

Black Jews of Harlem - May 5, 1988 by Howard Brotz (Author)

 

Commandment Keepers Congregation in Harlem,
a series of photographs taken in 1940s .- 1950s

Yoseh Ben Moshe Ben Yehuda

“Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt"l

a visionary, educator, and prolific scholar


Founded


Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

- Beth Ha-Tefilah Headquarters Synagogue on


15 Nisan 5679

corresponding to

Tuesday, April 15, 1919, Pesach I


Adar, 5726 - March, 1966

Message from Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew

Awakening from Above:  Commandment Keepers 100th Anniversary, Passover, and the 400 Year Prophecy - A Legacy of Freedom


It was no accident that a visionary by the name of Yoseh ben Moshe ben Yehuda “Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l" founded Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation – Beth Ha-Tefilah Headquarters Synagogue “Commandment Keepers” on 15 Nisan 5679 corresponding to Tuesday, April 15, 1919 on the Gregorian calendar which was the first day of Passover “Pesach” in 1919.  The spiritual energy under YHWH flowed from giver (YHWH) to receiver (Commandment Keepers), from above to below, from heaven to earth, from inside to outside, and from hidden to revealed.   


 This date, 15 Nisan 5679 (Tuesday, April 15, 1919), is an important date in the calculation of the 400-year prophecy and significant biblically because:  (1) The years 1619 – 1919 marked the 300th year of the Landing of Slaves at Jamestown; (2)  Commandment Keepers’ founding date in 1919 set off the final 100 year link countdown to the fulfillment of the 400 years of slavery according to Bereshit 15:13 -14; (3) Pesach a major, biblical holiday, commemorated Israel’s liberation by YHWH from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses; (4)  the Passover Haggadah readings mentions “400 years" of being in a “land that is not theirs;" (5)  Ancient History supports the biblical account of the Exodus, which parallels the experience of African Americans “Blacks” in America; and (6) links Commandment Keepers to the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob “b'nei yisrael,” “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel.”  


Nisan is often referred to as the Month of Miracles.  In the Torah it is referred to by three names:  1) “The First Month” — the month of redemption;  2) "Aviv" — this name means spring, the time when the physical and spiritual messages of rebirth meet and blossom; and 3) “Nisan” — although this name is technically of Babylonian origin, the Aramaic word Nisan is related to the Hebrew word, nitzan, meaning bud.  In Song of Songs, King Solomon depicts the love that bonds Israel to YHWH, redemption is symbolically referred to as “the time that the buds were seen in our land.” Symbolically, the inarticulate earth gave birth to the bud of Commandment Keepers who soon would flower in the twentieth century.


On 15 Nisan 5679, YHWH, through an abundance of spiritual energy, provided Commandment Keepers with the tools needed to address “the problem of the color line;” and a way out of their oppression and post-slavery condition.  This period of spiritual energy for Commandment Keepers can be called an ‘awakening from above.’  5679 was the year set aside by YHWH for Commandment Keepers to fulfill what is written in the Book of Exodus “Shemot.”  1919 was key for Blacks in America as the year provided a link to the biblical timeline of the flight of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, a central pillar of Israelite faith.  Commandment Keepers' awakening on Pesach was no accident as its founding aligned the perfect energy to move Commandment Keepers into the last 100 years of the biblical prophecy calculation 100 (1919 - 2019 ) + 300 (1619 - 1919 ) = 400 (1619 - 2019) years.  


The astrological sign of Nisan is the lamb or Aries.  Lambs graze in a flock, faithfully following the shepherd.  On 15 Nisan 5679, in Harlem New York City, Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l was inspired by YHWH to become a twentieth century shepherd.  Coincidentally, Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l founded Commandment Keepers during the time of redemption.  He followed YHWH and shepherded Blacks who had languished in societal backwaters in their quest for democratic equality; Blacks in the United States who described themselves as Christians, to move into their rightful ancestral lineage under the House of Israel.  The power of Torah given to Commandment Keepers was the catalyst and tool that would lead Blacks to their rightful legacy of freedom.


Commandment Keepers being founded in Harlem is significant because: 1) from 1910 to 1920, Harlem saw an increase in the Black population because of migration in large numbers from the South to the North; 2)  Harlem was also the place that stimulated racial consciousness, influenced by Marcus Garvey’s “the back to Africa” movement; 3) Harlem inspired “the Harlem Renaissance”; and 4) Commandment Keepers’ Harlem location was that of a courageous shepherd, Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, zt”l who led a spiritual movement spanning 54 years from 1919 to 1973. The spiritual movement continued for the remaining years leading up to April 15, 2019 marking 100 years.  A spiritual movement that set the ground work for the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy under Bereshit 15:13 -14:


13 “Then the LORD told Abram, ' You can be sure that your descendants will be oppressed as slaves for four hundred years.


14 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come out away with great wealth…”


In 1919 Commandment Keepers became a vessel to receive the blessing expressed in Bereshit 15:14 which states:  “…and afterwards they will go forth with great possessions.”  Realization of great possessions is fulfilled when Commandment Keepers uses the tools and formulas provided by YHWH.  For example, in walking through Pardes (Pardes refers to (types of) interpretation of text in Torah study. The term, sometimes also spelled PaRDeS, is an acronym formed from the same initials of the following four approaches:  Peshat “surface;”  Remez  “hints;” Derash “seek;” and  Sod “secret”: “great possessions” or sustenance or physical prosperity begins with prayers such as Ashrei, wherein we read in verse 16 the phrase which states:  “Poteach Et YaDehCha; UMasBeAh LeKahl Chai RahTzon” translates as:  “Thou openest Thy hand, and satisfiest every living thing with favor.”  Poteach Et Yadecha translates as “Open Your Hands” or to lift up one's upturned hands as if to receive YHWH's gifts "blessings."


Commandment Keepers, in opening their hands in 1919, paved the way for “great possessions” to be manifested in 2019 (on its 100-year anniversary  - 10 Nisan 5779 corresponding to Monday, April 15, 2019) through the use of spiritual energy provided to Israel through:  Ashrei.  Ashrei, is said 3 times per day; twice in the morning and once in the afternoon.  It is a prayer that deals with sustenance and YHWH’s Beneficence.  


Ashrai Yoshvay Vaytecha Od Yehalelulah Selah!  “Happy are they that dwell in Thy house, they are ever praising Thee. Selah”  This phrase is said while sitting or prostrating, since the words imply dwelling internally and whenever Halacha indicates that a prayer is to be said in a sitting or prostrating position it indicates a desire to manifest this energy in the physical world.  Ashrei permutes into the word “my Head.”  Yoshvay permutes into “Return to YHWH.”


The word Bait of Baitecha has a gematria of 412 which is 2 times 206 which is the gematria of the 69th Name within the 72 Names of YHWH.  This Name deals with vision or Wisdom “Chochmah.”  The word Od has a gematria of 80 which is the gematria of the letter Pey which means mouth.


Halalucha has the gematria of 101 which is the same Gematria of the Arch Angel Michael.  Selah is defined as a Hebrew word that has been found at the ending of verses in Psalms and has been interpreted as an instruction calling for a break in the singing of the Psalm or it may mean "forever."   Its gematria is 95 which is the same as Hamelech meaning “The King.” The Shoresh (root) means “to exalt” as well as “forever.”


Putting all of this together, in addition to the surface level meaning of these 7 words (Ashrai Yoshvay Vaytecha Od Yehalelulah Selah), it is also saying: Return to YHWH through Chochmah by using your mouth to say Blessings and to exalt YHWH Forever.


The first letters of these 3 words "Poteach Et Yadecha" are Pey Aleph Yod which has a gematria of 91, which is 26+65. 26 is the Tetragramaton; and 65 is the gematria of the God of the physical world which we call Adonai.  91 represents the unification of the physical and spiritual worlds.  91 is also the gematria of the Name from the 72 Names of God (a powerful spiritual tool) dealing with prosperity. That Name is Samech-Alef-Lamed ס א ל פ א י.  Samech-Alef-Lamed will bring abundance and prosperity, fortune, wealth and benedictions.  It helps remove financial blockages, promotes good livelihood, and elimination of debt:  "...come out away with great wealth…" One of several meanings of Bereshit 15:14. 


The final letters of these three words are Chet Taf Caf ח ת ך which is a Name dealing with Parnassa or sustenance.  While our hands are open to receive the spiritual energy that flows from above to below, we understand (opening hands when saying Poteach Et Yadecha) is one formula YHWH provided to Commandment Keepers to ensure the fulfillment of the 400-year prophecy.

ADAR, 5726 - MARCH, 1966



Shavuot 2019 will begin in the evening of
Saturday, June 8
and ends in the evening of Monday, June 10. 
The festival of Shavuot 
"Weeks" commemorates the anniversary of the day when YHWH gave the Torah to the Nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai (Matan Torah). Shavuot, is one of the three Biblical Pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh Regalim), as commanded by the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot, they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving YHWH.  In the Bible, Shavuot is called the Festival of Weeks (Hebrew: חג השבועות, Ḥag ha-Shavuot, Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10); Festival of Reaping (Hebrew: חג הקציר, Ḥag ha-Katsir, Exodus 23:16), and Day of the First Fruits (Hebrew יום הבכורים, Yom ha-Bikkurim, Numbers 28:26).  Shavuot, the plural of a word meaning "week" or "seven," alludes to the fact that this festival happens exactly seven weeks (i.e. "a week of weeks") after Passover.

The festival of Shavuot marks the reception of the Ten Commandments at Mountt. Sinai. Traditionally, Israelites go to synagogue on Shavuot to hear the Ten Commandments read. Commandment Keepers' marks its 100 year celebration of Shavuot with The Ten Commandments Written in Phoenician Script - Penned by the late Adon Yoel Tebach Ben Yochanan Ben Lewi

In 1962, the Commandment Keepers moved into the former residence of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda baron John Dwight, located at 1 West 123rd Street.

A neo-Renaissance brownstone designed by architect Frank H. Smith

Inside 1 West 123rd Street Synagogue

The Royal Order of Ethiopian Hebrews The Sons and Daughters of Culture Inc. was authorized on Tevet 4, 5713 corresponding to December 22, 1952/ Gregorian calendar as evidenced by its Authorized Certificate.


Whereas on Nisan 10, 5779 corresponding to April 15, 2019, the 100th year anniversary of Commandment Keepers in the twenty-first century, the Royal Order of Ethiopian Hebrews The Sons and Daughters of Culture Inc. is hereby revived through Commandment Keepers fifth rabbi, Rabbi Dawid Ya'qob Zechariah HaLewi ibn Abraham.  Our mission is to continue the work of Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew zt"l  through an innovative mix of prayer; meditation; metaphysics; practitioner of sacred healing arts; and kabbalah.

On Tuesday, April 15, 1919, some 100 years ago, as beloved rabbi, scholar, visionary and teacher Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew zt"l took direct responsibility for the transmission of the Torah to his students and established the Ethiopian Hebrew Rabbinical College to serve the Ethiopian Hebrew community and humankind in the capacity of spiritual leaders, teachers, custodians, and healers. 


In the spirit of God’s promise to make Israel a kingdom of priests and a holy nation; (Exodus 19:6); and in obedience to the Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 19:24) the Rabbi Zechariah Lewi (21st Century) Ethiopian Hebrew Rabbinical College (20th Century) is established to fulfill the legacy set forth by our founder Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew zt"l, the college is reestablished to meet the need for serious learning and an open minded environment for the 21st Century.  The rabbinical college was reestablished in 2015 to honor both Chief Rabbi Matthew (20th Century) and Rabbi Zechariah Lewi (21st Century).

Ethiopian Hebrew Rabbinical College

Rabbi Zechariah Lewi Ethiopian Hebrew Rabbinical College

Rabbi Zechariah HaLewi ibn Abraham - Hagbah

Rabbi Dawid Ya'qob Zechariah HaLewi ibn Abraham -Hagbah

100th Year Anniversary Library Installation in Honor of Chul Ben Channi

Leadership


15 Nisan 5679 - 10 Nisan 5779

corresponding to

April 15, 1919  - April 15, 2019


Commandment Keepers 5 Rabbi Successors of our Religious Legacy

Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew zt"l
1919 - 1973

Rabbi Chaim White zt"l    

1975 – 1997

Rabbi Yhoshua Ben Yahonatan zt"l

1997 – 2000

Rabbi Zechariah HaLewi ibn Abraham zt"l 

2000 – 2015

Rabbi Dawid Ya’qob Zechariah HaLewi ibn Abraham fifth rabbi to serve in the sacred capacity of Rabbi, Teacher of Torah and Spiritual Leader of YHWH’s word, liturgist, practitioner of sacred healing arts, counselor and guide of the faithful of Commandment Keepers.

 Life Cycle Event


     Bar Mitzvah Tzaddik Ben Yisrael

     A Legacy of Freedom


"In Memory of those past congregational members, rabbis, elders, fathers and mothers whose unselfish sacrifices and hardships contributed importantly to the building foundation of the Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation during it's early years of growth, under the leadership of its founder,

Chief Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew zt"l" 


We Remember Them


At the rising sun and at its going down; We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer;

We remember them.

   
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn;

We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends;

We remember them.

   
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as

We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength; We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart; We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make;

We remember them.

   
When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as,

We remember them.

Past President - Parnas Julian Albert Wormley

Rabbis

Rabbi Alcid

Rabbi Dorsett

Rabbi Gillard

Rabbi Jacobs

Rabbi A. Jonah

Rabbi E. McCloud

Rabbi L.A. McKethan

Rabbi L. Samuels

Rabbi Scott

Rabbi Darnley Smalls

Rabbi Sweeney

Rabbi J. Thomas

Rabbi Walcott

Rabbi J. Wilkins

Rabbi James Williams

Rabbi Woods


Gabbi David Lee

Elders

Elder Arvinjah

Elder Bullen

Elder Eaton

Elder Grey

Elder Joseph


Brothers

Brother Max Blumberg

Brother Alfred Clark

Brother Cumberbatch

Brother Evans

Brother George

Brother Grant

Brother Johnson

Brother Stephen Lee

Brother Arthur Matthew

Brother Samuel Matthew









Brother Minott

Brother Morian 

Brother Mustakawer

Brother Rawlins

Brother Russell

Brother Shellman 

Brother Joe Thomas

Brother Tobit 

Brother Marchall Yahanaton 

Brother Michael Yehudah 

Brother Menelik Yisrael 

Rabbanits

Rabbanit Florence Matthew

Rabbanit Sarah "Georgie" White


Mothers

Moriah Carter

Buffett

Fleming                                

Kenney                                  

Evelyn Shellman


Sisters

Sister Constance Brown

Sister Evonne Brown

Sister Pricilla Brown

Sister Annie Clarke

Sister Naomi Claxton

Sister Crispin

Sister Florence Dore

Sister Garnell

Sister Gunther

Sister Guye

Sister Hart

Sister Sarah Hinderson

Sister Constance Jonah

Sister Rose Jones

Sister Anie Matthew

Sister Annie More

Sister Florence Morrison

Sister Holliday Hayes

Commissioner Billie Holliday Hayes




Teachers

Mother Judith Reid

Esther Balfour

Hulder Benjamin

Miriam Johnson

Leana Williams

Jacquelyne Wells



















Sister Abubakar Oliyah

Sister Loretta Rawlins

Sister Benlah Regent

Sister Judith Reid 

Sister Mary Robinson 

Sister Edith Russell 

Sister Joan Samuels 

Sister Louise Scott 

Gebereth Sisisharn 

Sister Grace Steele 

Sister Alice Taylor 

Sister Dinah Terrell 

Lucille Yaczeel 

Sister Ellen Vanderpool 




"I Am An Israelite"

Unknown author from the archives of Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation - Beth Ha-Tefilah Headquarters

Who And What We Are And Who And What We Are Not: 

News article reprinted from a circulating "Chain Letter,"  Author unknown - 3225 Shevat/February 1990

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