Menu JTA Search


  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5764 October 2003

    MOSCOW Belarus’ Jewish community protests a decision by the country’s Education Ministry to close a Jewish studies institute. NEW YORK Russian Jewish scientist Vitaly Ginzburg is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Ginzburg is honored “for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids,” the Nobel Prize committee says. JERUSALEM Twenty-one people are killed… More ▸