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  • Ad Campaign by Israel, Group Aims to Boost Ethiopian-israeli Image

    The sound of lilting music grows louder as the camera zooms in on a face in shadow. In the corner of the television screen the person’s statistics are flashed: age 25, lawyer, represents Israel abroad. A light is then cast onto the face, revealing a young Ethiopian Israeli woman wearing a business suit. In accentless… More ▸

  • Veteran Ethiopian Israeli Community Divided on Falash Mura’s Immigration

    Overlooking the panorama of Jerusalem’s Old City at twilight a group of Ethiopians teenagers argue whether or not the Falash Mura community should be brought to Israel en masse. “If they are Jewish, why not?” says Sharon Balata, a 16-year-old from Ashdod. “But no, they are Christian,” protests her friend Yardena Yamrashet, 18, from Rehovot…. More ▸

  • Bureaucracy and Elections Blamed As Ethiopian Immigration is Delayed

    Plans to accelerate the immigration to Israel of Ethiopia’s remaining Falash Mura community apparently have been delayed. The government previously had said the operation to bring 600 Falash Mura to Israel every month would begin in January. The plan is to determine who is eligible to come — somewhere between 13,000 to 20,000 — and… More ▸

  • Obituary Cyril Harris, Former Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Passes Away at 69

    The longtime chief rabbi of South Africa, Cyril Harris, has died of cancer at age 69. Harris, who was chief rabbi emeritus when he died Tuesday, led the Jewish community during South Africa’s historic transition from apartheid to a democratic order. His body was flown to Jerusalem for burial following a memorial service at Johannesburg… More ▸