Doctor Who Helps Destitute in Ethiopia to Speak at Duke Sept. 14

Dr. Rick Hodes’ talk will also include a documentary about his work

Dr. Rick Hodes has worked with the destitute in Ethiopia since the 1980s.
Dr. Rick Hodes has worked with the destitute in Ethiopia since the 1980s.

Dr. Rick Hodes, a specialist in cancer, heart disease and spinal conditions who has worked with the destitute in Ethiopia since the 1980s, will give a public lecture Thursday, Sept. 14, at Duke University.

The talk, "Tzedakah in Ethiopia,” begins at 6 p.m. in Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School on West Campus. A screening of “Zemene,” an HBO documentary film about Hodes and his work will take place the evening before, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., and will include a Q&A with the director, Melissa Donovan.

The talk and screening are free and open to the public; parking is available in the Bryan Center garage and lot. A reception will follow.

Hodes is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission working with destitute people suffering from heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis) and cancer.

He is also medical director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which works around the world to alleviate hunger and hardship and rescue Jews in danger.

Hodes has been responsible for the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel and has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia and Albania.

More about the film and Hodes’ work can be found at: http://www.jta.org/2010/05/04/life-religion/jewish-doctor-in-ethiopia-hailed-in-new-book-film or on his website at: https://rickhodes.org/ 

The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Duke Divinity, the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Jewish Life at Duke, and the Levin Jewish Community Center. For more information, visit http://jewishstudies.duke.edu.

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