JERUSALEM (Sep. 5)
A new Jewish school will be opened shortly in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, the World Zionist Organization announced Wednesday.
The school will serve the thousands of Jews who have come to the capital from strife-torn regions in the north and who are reported ailing and despondent as they wait to leave for Israel.
The WZO Diaspora Torah Education Department operated Jewish schools in Ethiopian villages as early as the 1950s.
But many of those programs were ended when thousands of Ethiopian Jews left the country in the mass exodus of the mid-1980s, which came to be known as Operation Exodus.
Today, some 3,000 Ethiopian youth study in Israel in programs run by the Youth Aliyah department of the WZO.