Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd Holiday in Jerusalem

Sigd marks the biblical union between the Jewish people and God.

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Israeli women of the Ethiopian Jewish community attend the Sigd holiday marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', as they celebrate from a hilltop in Jerusalem, November20, 2014. Photos by AFP

Every year, thousands of Ethiopians from all over Israel congregate in Jerusalem to pray together, led by their religious leaders, the "Kessim." They recite prayers marking the desire for 'return to Jerusalem', while overlooking the old city.