Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom – Ethiopian Rabbi and Scholar

Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom

Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia on his own at the age of nine. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion – a Hesder Yeshiva in Alon Shvut – and has rabbinic ordination. He is also a graduate of “Rabbanut Yisraelit”, under the auspices of the Hartman Institute and Oranim College. Serves as a Captain in the IDF Reserves.

Dr. Shalom has a broad education in theology and philosophy. He is a graduate of “Beit Morasha” – a beit midrash and kollel in Jerusalem – and a graduate of Bar Ilan University’s Institute for Advanced Torah Studies, where he was in the Ph.D. student track. He has an M.A. from Bar Ilan University’s Talmud Department, while his final project dealt with the topic of “Circumcision in the Beta Israel Community”. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bar Ilan University’s Department of Jewish Philosophy, while the topic of his doctoral dissertation was “Judaism of Fate – Theology and Religious Practice in the Beta Israel Community”.

He is a senior lecturer at Ono Academic College, teaches at Bar Ilan University, and serves as the Rabbi of the “Kdoshei Israel” community in Kiryat Gat.

In 2012, Dr. Shalom published his book – From Sinai to Ethiopia: the Halachic World and Ethiopian Jewish Thought, which includes “Shulchan Orot” – the halachic guide for the Beta Israel community. It was also translated into English. In addition, he is involved in writing a curriculum on the topic of Ethiopian Jewry and its culture for Jewish educational institutions in the United States.

David Z. Harris, Multimedia Journalist and Writer

David Harris is editor in chief of Clarion Project. He’s reported from countries around the Middle East and North Africa for some of the world’s leading media outlets. Harris began his journalistic career with the BBC, taking in Reuters, Xinhua, Deutsche Welle and others along the way and has managed teams of journalists around the world in the post 9/11 era with a focus on the MENA region.

He is a sought-after lecturer and makes frequent appearances in the electronic and written media as a guest analyst.

Asi Tsobel – Actor, Writer, Children’s TV program producer

Asi Tsobel was born and raised in Kiryat Ata, Israel. He went to Kfar HaRoeh Bnei AKiva Highschool where he majored in communications. He studied at Shilo Yeshiva as part of the Hesder program before beginning his army service. In 2002-2003 Asi studied acting at the Aspaklaria Theatre School for Acting. Asi then spent two years in Detroit, working within the Jewish community.

When he returned to Israel he studied at Ma’ale – School of Television, Film and arts. In 2010 his final project, the movie “Stand Up”, a dramatic comedy, won first place the International Movie Festival in Haifa and the Adjudicators’ Award in Italy.

In 2007 Asi started editing children’s TV  and started working  with actor Tuvia Rosenfeld. Together they created the popular children’s program Asi & Tuvia. Today Asi is the editor in chief and director of the TV station that produced and aired his program. He has written, directed and produced many different popular children’s programs since.

Mishael Dickman – Musician, DJ

Mishael Dickman,   a talented musician and DJ, was born in New York and moved to Israel with his family at age 10.

He attended the Rubin Conservatory for 3 years where he studied classical music, as well as freestyle, composition and improv with many teachers, among them the famous composer Andre Haydu.

After Mishael’s army service he studied Jazz at Hebrew U and the Rubin Academy.

In 2003 Mishael started a Jewish Music band called Para Aduma composing music primarily from Jewish texts as well as original texts.

Mishael has played with various artists such as Chemi Roodner, members of Shotei Hanivuah, Sha’anan Street(Hadag Nachash), Shlomo Bar(Habrera Hativit), Kobi Oz(Tea packs) Yehuda Katz(Reva L’Sheva) Ehud Banai and more.

He’s produced one full album with Para Aduma, and a few singles which he produced seperately.

Mishael has also worked as a cantor for a community in Europe during the high holidays for the last 4 years.

Today he lives in Jerusalem and performs at weddings, bar-mitzvahs and corporate events.