• News Brief

    The United Jewish Communities has launched an emergency appeal for the embattled citizens of Georgia. UJC has set up a mailbox to take donations, in addition to a blog addressing the crisis. The organization’s overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, have been assisting the local Jewish community,… More ▸

  • Relief Groups Assist Refugees Caught in Caucasus Conflict

    Vissarion Manasherov left his city as the bombs were falling. One day later, on Monday, with bombs still falling, he returned to Gori, a city at the edge of war, to convince the few Jewish families still in the area to leave. The Russians were at their doorstep, he told them. Manasherov, the community’s leader… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Israeli airline said radar failure at the Tbilisi airport would prevent it from evacuating Israelis from Georgia. Arkia Israel Airlines said Monday it could not fly out 100 Israeli nationals waiting to leave Georgia because the airport radar had been bombed beyond function, Ha’aretz reported. The airline is working to reroute passengers through Azerbaijan…. More ▸

  • Jews Caught on Both Sides of Georgia-russia Fighting

    Russian and Georgian troops continued to fight a pitched battle Monday that has spilled beyond the borders of South Ossetia and toward the Georgian city of Gori, where Jewish relief organizations continued to make contact with local Jews. More than 200 Jewish residents fled the Russian bombardment over the weekend. More have decided to leave… More ▸

  • In Ethiopia, We Must Fulfill Mitzvah of Redeeming Captives

    The world is filled with irony; some of it tragic. A good example is the case of the Ethiopians languishing in Gondar waiting to make aliyah to Israel. In 1989, when I visited Ethiopia for the first time, the North American Jewish community was contributing funds that provided food and health care, and educated the… More ▸

  • Aliyah from Ethiopia Must Continue

    The cold, rainy season in northwestern Ethiopia is at its peak, adding to the misery of thousands of Jews who recently have learned that Israel intends to abandon them in Ethiopia and that funds essential to their survival have run out. When the rains stop and malaria mosquitoes breed in the puddles, some of the… More ▸

  • Bringing Falash Mura Impugns the Real Ethiopian Jews

    The 125,000 Ethiopians who live in Israel immigrated here in dribs and drabs. When Ethiopians first started coming to Israel in the 1970s, some members of Israel’s political elite referred to us as “temporary migrant workers.” Things began to change only during the waves of aliyah in the 1980s, under Menachem Begin’s Likud government. The… More ▸

  • Child Labor Allegations at Kosher Plant in Iowa, but Rabbis Give Ok

    In what could result in the first charges to be brought against upper management at Agriprocessors, the Iowa Labor Commissioner’s Office has sent dozens of alleged child labor violations to the state’s attorney general for prosecution. Completing a months-long investigation of the Postville-based company, which is the country’s largest kosher meat producer, the labor commissioner… More ▸

  • Major Phase of Ethiopian Aliyah Ends, but Advocates Push for More

    When the plane from Ethiopia touched down early Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport with 65 new immigrants aboard, there was no ceremony to mark what constituted the end of a major phase of mass Ethiopian aliyah. Instead, the immigrants were escorted through the old airport terminal, processed and bused to Jewish Agency-run absorption… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The era of large-scale Ethiopian aliyah is over, the Jewish Agency for Israel said. The last official airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, bringing to an end a state-organized campaign that began nearly 30 years ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African nation. The… More ▸