Thursday, July 2, 2009

Episode 25: Walking Away From Phi Beta Sigma


2 comments:

Cheron L. Hall said...

Very interesting...so was you chapter (pics of you and the other brothers) in Israel or in the States? When you mentioned seeing people going to the Synagogue while you were on your way to meetings, I was feeling confused. Gives me a whole new perspective of Black people living in Israel...I swear this is so very revealing...

I remember what it was like keeping the Sabbath...I couldn't believe I was spending so much time at home on a Friday night at the age of 22/23 reading the Torah and loving it...lol...it was definitely an experience for me...good to know it means more than that to others...

Ehav Ever said...

All of the pictures were in the states. The pictures in this video are from about 1997 to about 2000. Ranging from when I was living in Texas, Cali, to New Jersey. The chapter I was a part of was at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. The college is about 30-40 minutes northwest of Houston. All of this in this video is pre-Israel.

By the time I came here to Israel, I had for the most part dissappeared from Phi Beta Sigma completely. A few of my old fraternity brothers actually were trying to figure what had happened to me. Some people thought I had moved to Ethiopia because I almost married a woman from Addis Ababa (around 2001).

The synagogoue story was when I was living in New Jersey. Here in Israel there are no fraternities. There some Jewish fraternities in America, but not here. Here when you turn 18 you go to the miliary for about 1-3 years (1 year for girls) and (2 years for guys). After that some people go to college, but not everyone. Plus being Israeli is almost like a fraternity in itself because the society is based upon what particular culture you were born into.

For example, if a person's family came from Yemen they are a part of the Yemenite Israeli culture. By like token if you are Ethiopian you are a part of that community. So any city you go to and there are people from your community, it is real similar to being in a fraternity.