Ethiopia

  • Groups Upset at the Slow Progress in Bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    For the past year, the Israeli government has pledged that it would step up its efforts to bring a group of Jews remaining in Ethiopia to Israel. Disappointed with Israel’s progress on this front, and concerned about the welfare of emigrant hopefuls waiting in limbo, some American Jews, and even American Christians, have coupled their… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Legislator Accuses Labor Party Officials of Racism

    A Labor Party rally in Israel took an unexpected turn when the party’s sole Ethiopian legislator grabbed the microphone and accused the party of racism. Adisu Massala claimed at Tuesday night’s rally that ballot tampering from the party’s primary a day before had cost him the place on Labor’s roster of Knesset candidates that had… More ▸

  • Rabbi Pledges Christian Funds to Bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    Up to $2 million donated by evangelical Christians will redeem the Jews of Kwara, Ethiopia, and bring them to Israel. The sum has been promised by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. His offer has been accepted by the government of Israel, an official confirmed. Eckstein’s offer… More ▸

  • Two Jewish Humanitarian Groups Provide Food, Medicine in Ethiopia

    As the Kwara Jews wait in Ethiopia for permission from the government of Israel to make aliyah, two Jewish humanitarian aid groups have been helping them and others with food and medicine. The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, a grass-roots organization based in New York, has, since November, been supplying $5,000 a month worth… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: JDC Preparing to Resume Assistance for Ethiopians

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is preparing to return to Ethiopia, just four months after it virtually shut down its operations in the African nation at the request of the Israeli government. Reports of death, illness and impoverished conditions among the thousands of Ethiopians who have flooded into the capital city of Addis Ababa… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Exodus: a Timeline

    Following is a timeline of the major developments in the exodus of Jews from Ethiopia. 1979: The first few hundred Jews manage to leave Ethiopia and get to Israel. 1980-83: A few thousand more Ethiopian Jews come out quietly through the Sudan. 1984: Huge numbers of Ethiopian Jews go to the Sudan trying to get… More ▸

  • Passover Feature (5): Bloomingdale’s Passover Sales to Help Ethiopian Youth in Israel

    Bloomingdale’s is joining the ranks of Jewish philanthropy. The retailer plans to donate a percentage of its Passover merchandise sales to a fund that benefits Ethiopian youth in Israel. The United Jewish Appeal fund provides educational assistance, hot lunches, social activities and enrichment programs about Israeli culture. The joint endeavor between Bloomingdale’s and the UJA… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Israel Wants to Deport Man Who Helped Save Ethiopians

    In the early 1980s, Dejen Gebrai, an Ethiopian Christian, helped thousands of Ethiopian Jews fly to Israel as part of Operation Moses. But when Gebrai arrived in Israel in 1992, he did not receive a hero’s welcome. Instead, six years later, he faces deportation. Officials at the Israeli Interior Ministry say he entered Israel on… More ▸