Community Leader and Activist

Yaffa Tegegne is a biracial Ethiopian-Ashkenazi Jew born in Montreal. Her father, the late Baruch Tegegne, is known globally as a community leader and activist credited with initiating the Aaliyah of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel. Her roots, heritage and education support her passion for public service. Since her father’s passing in 2010, Yaffa has committed herself to pursuing his legacy, advocating on behalf of the Ethiopian Jewish community. She serves as a consultant and speaker on Ethiopian Jewish history, culture, community, and Jewish diversity and represents the Canadian Jewish community at provincial, national, and international organizations as well as at various levels of government.