Ethiopia

  • Ethiopian Israeli Success Stories Struggle to Find Jobs

    Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy, and worked hard to find his way in a new land and speaking a new language. Eventually Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country’s top universities. But since completing his studies in the summer of 2006, he… More ▸

  • Ethiopia, Israel Celebrate Ties in D.c.

    Ethiopians, Israelis and American Jews celebrated their historic and cultural ties. Wednesday’s event at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, timed in part to mark the end of Ethiopia’s first year in its third millennium, featured an Ethiopian vegetarian buffet and a performance by an Ethiopian Jewish singer and musician who now lives in the United… 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • With Ethiopian Aliyah Ending, Uncertainty for Those Left Behind

    The sight of a mother trying to coax one more spoonful of mushy cereal into her child’s mouth is a far cry from the horrifying famine that engulfed Ethiopia in 1984. Today, the hundreds of young mothers and wide-eyed infants crowded into the Gondar Beta Israel Association’s feeding center face another problem: seemingly endless waiting…. More ▸

  • As Ethiopian Aliyah Nears End, Advocates Push for 8,500 More

    With Israel’s Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry’s consideration. For now it seems nothing short of a court order will force the Interior Ministry to screen the additional… More ▸