SYBIL SHERIDAN has been a Rabbi for 34 years, serving Liberal and Reform congregations in London, and Reading. She now works free-lance in London and Newcastle. Involved in interfaith work, Sybil runs seminars on Muslim Jewish text study and recently retired from the Committee for Catholic Jewish relations of the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales. She is on the organising committee for Tzelem: rabbis working for social justice in the UK and on the committee for the British Friends of Rabbi for Human Rights – an Israeli based organisation. Sybil first visited Ethiopia in 2008 when she taught for some weeks at the NACOEJ (North American conference for Ethiopian Jewry) Jewish school in Gondar. She has been back to Gondar every year since then, leading groups and raising money for the community. In 2013 along with Hila Bram, she founded MEKETA, supporting Jews in Ethiopia.
HILA BRAM has worked in Jewish youth and community work, Arab-Jewish relations, and informal education in Israel and England. She is currently the Community Development Officer for Oxford Jewish Congregation. She first visited Ethiopia in 2007 when her son Avi was a volunteer English teacher, and visited the Jewish community. She decided to come back a year later and taught for some weeks at the NACOEJ (North American Conference for Ethiopian Jewry) Jewish school in Gondar. Having spent 12 years living in Israel and teaching informal seminars to older teenagers including recent Ethiopian immigrants, she was aware of the enormous difficulties faced by Ethiopian immigrants to Israel, and wanted to do everything possible to help the economic wellbeing, educational potential and self-confidence of those left in Gondar. In 2013 along with Sybil Sheridan, she founded Meketa to support Jews in Ethiopia. In September 2014 she took on the role of CEO.
AVI BRAM has worked in social research and economics, in both the private and public sector. He is currently studying for a Master's in Political Economy of Late Development, building on his interest in international development. Avi first went to Gondar, Ethiopia in 2007 to teach English at a governmental high school, and ended up volunteering with the Jewish community. He has returned several times to work with the community, on both educational and livelihood projects.
PAUL KENNET is a graduate chartered chemical engineer, having worked in this professional capacity since the early 1980’s. He is currently managing director of the UK division of an international company specialising in the design and supply of large industrial drying equipment, mainly in the food, chemical and agro industries. He has travelled extensively, having spent working periods in Russia and Europe. Paul was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, having emigrated to the UK in 1980 where he has been resident ever since. He returns regularly to his native city and continues a keen interest in the politics and economics of the area. In addition, he is a trustee of a number of other charities including his local synagogue and an educational charity specialising in education. As a trustee of NACOEJ (North American conference for Ethiopian Jewry), he visited Ethiopia and the compound at Gondar in 2012.
JEFF CURTIS is an accountant by qualification. For 35 years, he led various finance and management projects for international banks and insurers, managing large teams in Europe, North America and the Far East. During his working life, he consistently took part in volunteering and social responsibilities projects and, for five years, he was on the Council of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue as its Honorary Treasurer. He took retirement in 2018 in order to travel the world with his wife, not for tourism but to experience what it’s like to live among different cultures and communities. He is travelling continuously and nomadically, volunteering along the way for various charities. At the end of 2018, he spent three months volunteering for Meketa in Gondar, helping the community to develop trades. He also has experience of supporting charities in other developing countries, having spent four months in 2019 working in India, creating income generating activities for villagers.
GALI KOLT works as a doctor in East London and is completing his training in paediatrics. He is originally from Melbourne, Australia. Gali has been involved in Meketa since 2017 after visiting the Jewish Community in Gondar in 2016.