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  • Barred from Israel by Egypt, Ali Salem Comes to Washington

    Across the Arab world, leaders and intellectuals are taking only baby steps when it comes to accepting Israel into the fold. Ali Salem, on the other hand, has been speeding toward that goal — sometimes literally — for over a decade. The Egyptian writer has visited Israel 15 times since his first journey by car… More ▸

  • Jews Take Personal Responsibility to Teach About Genocide in Sudan

    For most college students, road trips are a time for relaxing and escaping the rigors of school. But for Talia Kahn — no relation to this writer — a 10-day car trip served a far loftier purpose: to educate people about the genocide occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. Kahn, who is entering her… More ▸

  • Prayer Weekend for Sudan Victims Marked in Congress and Synagogues

    The hustle and bustle in one of the larger Capitol Hill hearing rooms drew to a brief standstill recently as congressional representatives, clergy, activists and journalists paused for a moment of prayer on behalf of the people of Sudan. The July 19 commemoration occurred in the course of a congressional event launching a National Weekend… More ▸

  • Aid Proposals Put Egypt on Notice That U.S. is Rethinking Relationship

    Egypt’s role in smoothing Israel’s upcoming pullout from the Gaza Strip is helping to protect it, for now, from a tectonic shift in how the United States treats dictatorships. Longstanding efforts in Congress to call Egypt to account for its failure to cultivate a free, democratic society are bearing fruit, though they fall far short… More ▸

  • Calls for Learning and Action at Jewish Teach-in on Sudan

    Judy Katz lives an ocean away from Sudan, but that doesn’t diminish her sense of obligation to respond to the mass killings there. “I feel I’m responsible for what’s going on,” said Katz, a travel agent. “My parents are survivors of the Holocaust. There weren’t a whole lot of people helping them out then.” Katz’s… More ▸

  • Ujc Moves to Raise $160 Million for Falash Mura and Jews in FSU

    The Jewish federation system has launched a major fund-raising campaign to assist the Jews of Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. At a meeting Sunday in New York, the board of trustees of the United Jewish Communities, the umbrella group for the North American federation system, approved a motion to raise $160 million for two… More ▸

  • First Ethiopian Deputy Mayor in Israel Faces Problems on Job

    Balinach Ayech went from being a bank official in Addis Ababa to washing floors in Kiryat Malachi, a working-class Israeli town near Ashdod. That was 14 years ago. Today, she’s one of the town’s deputy mayors — the first Ethiopian ever voted deputy mayor of an Israeli city — but she’s involved in a clash… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Jews in New York Share Their Ancient Tradition

    For thousands of years, when storks flew overhead on their way back from Israel, Ethiopian Jews would turn their faces toward the sky and chant, “Shmella, shmella, agarachin Yerusalem behena” — Amharic for “Stork, stork, how is our country Jerusalem doing?” Today the stork is the symbol for Chassida-Shmella, an organization of Ethiopian Jews in… More ▸