Efrat, 37, was born in Ashdod, into a religious family of six siblings. She moved to Beer Sheva to pursue her education and holds an M.A. in politics and government from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. During the course of her studies Efrat founded a number of initiatives, such as the Young Ethiopian Students blog, which she founded in 2010 to invite critical thinking and challenge the establishment and academic narrative of the aliya and absorption of Ethiopian Jews. In 2012 she established the Ra’av (Hunger) publishing house in Beer Sheva with the aim of adding color to the Israeli bookshelf. During this time Efrat also served as the spokesperson for the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews and published opinion pieces on racism in Israel. For two years she wrote a column “Shachor M’Shachor” (blacker than black) for HaMakom HaHi Kham BaGehinom (the hottest place in hell) and is currently a frequent contributor to Ha’aretz. Efrat also founded the “Ethiopolitics” reading group for students of Ethiopian descent who wanted to broaden their knowledge of Ethiopian history and issues of identity and discrimination in Israel and elsewhere. In 2015, as a result of the group’s success, she developed the course “Black Identity in a White Space: The Ethiopian Population in the Israeli Context,” which she taught in the university’s Department of Politics and Government. Efrat spent three years (2015-2018) heading the research group “Ethiopians Jews Rewriting Their Story” at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and is now researching the fluidity of citizenship in Israel. She recently moved to Tel Aviv.