Dina Elenbogen

Just released, a compelling new work from Dina Elenbogen... "Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian family, an Israeli story."

Elad Yamari after arriving in Israel with Operation Moses in 1985

"The biblical-like saga of the Ethiopian Jewish exodus to the modern state of Israel has been told by journalists, sociologists, anthropologists. Now, finally, this story has found its poet. Dina Elenbogen has written a beautiful, heartbreaking book about the quest for home a journey shared by an American Jew, member of the most privileged Jewish community, with Ethiopian immigrants in Israel, the least privileged Jews. In the longings and fufillment and missed opportunities that are the story of the Ethiopian exodus, old dreams are broken even as a new dreams are being born. Elenbogen is sensitive to the nuances that often elude those writing about Israel and its challenges. This exquisitely written meditation is a significant contribution to the literature of contemporary Jewish identity, and of the meaning of Israel for Jews today."
--Yossi Klein Halevi, author, "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation."

Dina's latest work is a memoir about her relationship with the Ethiopian community in Israel over a 25-year period. Published by BkMk Press, University of Missouri - Kansas City, the book arrives in bookstores around the country April 2015. For more information, contact Ben Furnish at furnishb@​umkc.edu or call 815-235-2558. Dina Elenbogen can be reached at siegbogen@​aol.com 773-629-3625
Photo by Jack Craig

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