Israeli Villages to Recreate Ethiopia

Authentic straw-roofed huts will dominate two planned replicas of traditional Ethiopian villages in the Galilee and the Negev.

The $2 million Jewish Agency project is designed to help preserve the heritage of Ethiopian Jews and attract tourism, an official said.

Fifty Ethiopian immigrants are to help staff each site, where traditional handicrafts and artwork will be made for exhibition and sale, Mordechai Kostrinsky, director-general of the Settlement Department, said.

The villages will be recreated with the help of regional councils and new immigrants living in both areas.

Over 20,000 Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel in the last several years.

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