So…you see all the ornately and beautifully dressed Africans in the picture above? Fun fact– they ain’t from Africa (at least not directly) and many of them have Chicago accents! #SouthSide
Meet the Black Hebrew Israelites.
Would you believe me if I told you that there are more than 3,000 African-Americans living in the Negev desert in Israel that claim a Jewish identity and heritage? And that they left the United States nearly fifty years ago and have been living as an autonomous community in three different settlements in Israel for nearly as long? Well believe it, boo. Black Hebrew Israeli Nationals, and I ain’t talking about burnt Kosher hotdogs. You might want to sit down…or perhaps angle your computer monitor away from your boss’ watchful eyes for this one…
Peep the view–
So, if you recall, on Wednesday night last week, Hillary (F.A.N.G.A.) said to me-
“You all have good timing, I have something you absolutely have to see…
but it’s almost 3 hours away. Are you up for a road trip in the
Y’all know we #DoIt (still not sure if that’s good or bad) so at around lunch time on Thursday, she and Resa picked us up for the amazing adventure, which came complete with a soca soundtrack #TheyTrini. We had zero prep, other than that we were going to meet some Black Jews, and due to my experiences in Israel thus far, I assumed they’d be Ethiopian (or Drake-like) #AintNooooTelling
We ended up in the desert, 40 miles from the Gaza strip, which due to location, happens to be the first place to get hit by felonious rockets… Resa told us that if we hear the air raid sirens, we have 5 seconds to get to one of many bomb shelters. #5SecondsTho #ThatsIt? #GetLisaNem
So we pull up in Dimona, Israel. We parked and walked down on what looked like one big family reunion, complete with music, matching clothes, fellowship, card tables and kids running around. We were one electric slide away from being in a Rick Famuyiwa movie.
We were immediately approached by members of the community and my jaw dropped when they began talking… without African accents. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It was Black America in Israel. And apparently my response came as no surprise to them– this is not something you see everyday and their visitors are always taken aback. #LearnedSomethingNew
and Bahtel and her husband Horacheal, from Chicago and Texas
respectively quickly became our hosts, showing us around and introducing
us to all the dignitaries. She was like my long lost aunty!
They were celebrating 48 years since the exodus of the Hebrew Israelites from America. It was probably the most awesome and mind blowing experience we’ve had to date. They have an amazing community, full of beautiful people that definitely have more in common with us than you can imagine.
My skirt is from diyanu.com
I’m giving away a year’s supply of Henna Sooq’s Red Raj Henna
(12, 100g boxes)! All you have to do is comment on all the Israel
related posts that have the ‘CurlyNikki WorldWide’ logo at the bottom. On May 30th (at 5pm EST), one lucky
commenter will be randomly chosen to receive #AllTheHenna! Good luck!