Africa

  • 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 ▸

  • Jewish Groups Find Going Tough As They Work to Pressure Sudan

    The Jewish community is facing resistance as it attempts to intensify pressure on the Sudanese government to ease the violence that has killed tens of thousands. Several Jewish community activists said they were not finding much interest in the issue when they tried to partner with African-American or church groups. Instead, U.S. Jewish groups have… More ▸

  • Teaming Up with Jewish Groups, Israel to Aid Distressed Sudanese

    For the first time, Israel is sending humanitarian aid to an Arab nation with which it has no ties. The Jewish state has joined the American Jewish World Service, the Union for Reform Judaism, the UJA-Federation of New York and the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest, N.J., in donating $20,000 apiece for an educational project… More ▸

  • Israeli Prisoner Returns Home As Egypt-israel Relations Warm Up

    In the Middle East, nothing signals rapprochement quite like a prisoner release. So when Azzam Azzam returned to Israel on Sunday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reduced his 15-year jail sentence for espionage by half, he brought with him a new sense of diplomatic goodwill that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hopes will last through next… More ▸