Ethiopian Jews

We must not abandon the Jews left in Ethiopia

By Rabbi Sybil Sheridan, January 26, 2014

It is Friday late afternoon and the synagogue is packed. Though we still have 10 minutes to the start of the service, we have to make our way to the very back of the women’s section — at least 400 have got here before us. Looking behind the curtain, we see that there are far fewer men.

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Joy and pain as last Ethiopians make aliyah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

A small group of toddlers are singing a Hebrew nursery rhyme in a room filled with Israeli posters. Their teacher asks them in Hebrew to point at their tummies, then their noses and their ears.

It could be any kindergarten class in Israel, but this Africa and these children are part of the last group of Ethiopian immigrants to be brought to Israel.

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Leading American aid agency launches UK initiative

By Simon Rocker, March 21, 2013

American Jewry’s premier international aid agency has launched a UK initiative to promote humanitarian work and global Jewish solidarity among young professionals.

JDC, the Joint Distribution Committee, is offering places on trips run by its young adult arm, Entwine, to learn about its overseas projects.

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Last Ethiopian Jews in Gondar start to arrive in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

A group of Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel nearly 30 years after the first operation to bring members of the community to the Jewish state.

The arrival of 240 members of the Falash Mura group marks what is set to be the final chapter in the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community.

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Israel backs plan to bring over remaining Ethiopian Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

The remaining members of the Ethiopian Jewish community will be brought to Israel by 2014.

Although more than 120,000 Ethiopian Jews now live in Israel, there are still an estimated 2,200 Jews in the African country.

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Out of Africa: the story of a modern exodus

April 6, 2012

The narratives of the Jews from Ethiopia have been, until recently, an unopened treasure chest of lore and tradition. Their unique heritage has no parallel in any other community, but is gradually fading as they assimilate into Israeli society.

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On this day: Operation Solomon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

In one of the most impressive rescue missions in history, Israel achieved what seemed impossible. In a day, as Jews around the world celebrated Shavuot, more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel, the country they had long hoped to see.

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British teens run Jerusalem marathon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

British participants on the FZY gap year scheme joined athletes from around the world to take part in the Jerusalem Marathon and raise more than £7,400 for the Ethiopian Barmitzvah Fund.

Forty-five members of the year course group completed runs. Most took on 10 kilometres, while three people successfully finished the half-marathon.

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On this day: Operation Moses suspended

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2011

When Israel’s efforts to secure the future of the Ethiopian Jewish community came to light in the international media, the publicity put the mission in danger.

By the beginning of January 1985 Israel had airlifted some 8,000 people from the impoverished, famine-stricken African country.

For those who arrived in Israel, it was the culmination of a lengthy and dangerous and for many, fatal, trek by foot from the remote village of Gondar to Ethiopia’s neighbour, Sudan.

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Israel reopens Ethiopian immigration

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2010

Eighty-one immigrants from the Falash Mura community have touched down in Israel, the first to make aliyah since a controversial Israeli decision to ban further Ethopian immigration.

This is the first flight of the Falash Mura since the Israeli government decided to end Ethiopian immigration in August 2008, with another 63 due to arrive tomorrow.

The ruling was reversed in December 2009 after the Jewish Agency for Israel threw its support for bringing the Ethiopian immigrants to Israel.

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