Operation Moses

  • Peres: Israel is Sincere in Its Quest for Peace with Jordan

    Israel is “sincerely looking for the opportunity to make peace with Jordan,” because the alternative is war, Prime Minister Shimon Peres told more than 500 prominent American Jewish leaders from major communities throughout the United States attending an Israel Bonds dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel last night. “Israel is capable of defending herself,”… More ▸

  • UJA Record Campaign Achievements: $598 Million Raised in ’85 Campaign

    Alex Grass, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, reporting on the success of the 1985 UJA/Federated Community Campaigns, stated that $598 million had been raised as of August 28, compared to $533.5 million pledged by the same donors last year. This represented a 12.1 percent card-for-card increase and a dollar gain of $64.5 million…. More ▸

  • Kirkpatrick and Operation Moses Share $100,000 Jabotinsky Prize

    Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Operation Moses, the rescue mission that brought 10,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, are the co-recipients of the 1985 $100,000 Jabotinsky Prize-Defender of Jerusalem Award. In announcing the awards at a news conference here today, Eryk Spektor, chairman of the Jabotinsky Foundation said, “We… More ▸

  • Israel Formally Thanks UJA for Work in Operation Moses

    In a special gesture, the government of Israel has officially thanked "the officers and staff of United Jewish Appeal of America" for "successful completion of the Operation Moses campaign" that has raised $62.5 million. The gesture came in the form of a plaque presented to UJA national chairman Alex Grass and UJA president Stanley Horowitz… More ▸

  • U.S. Reform Leader Condemns Israel’s Rabbinate for Demanding Ritual Conversion for Ethiopian Jewish

    Rabbi Alexander Schindler today strongly condemned the “Orthodox rabbinical leaders in Israel” for their demand “that recently arrived Ethiopian Jews undergo ritual conversions.” Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), the congregational branch of Reform Judaism in America, spoke in response to reports from Israel that the Chief Rabbinate insists the Ethiopian… More ▸

  • Ethiopian Jews in Israeli Absorption Centers Protest Against Having to Undergo Formal Conversion Cer

    Ethiopian Jews in absorption centers all over the country protested angrily today against the insistence by the Chief Rabbinate that they undergo a formal conversion ceremony — immersion but not symbolic circumcision. The protestors declared this demand constituted a grave insult and questioned their authenticity as Jews. They noted they endured severe hardship and suffering… More ▸

  • UJA Reports 25 Percent Increase in Pledges

    The United Jewish Appeal has recorded a 23 percent increase in pledges toward its 1986 target of $745 million, the largest ever for a single year, UJA chairman Alex Grass told the Jewish Agency Assembly meeting here today. Grass said about $48 million has already been raised to fund “Operation Moses”, the immigration of Ethiopian… More ▸

  • U.S. Praised for Its Role in Weekend Airlift of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan

    Two leading American Jewish organizations today praised the United States for its role in the secret airlift of hundreds of Ethiopian Jews from the Sudan to Israel over the weekend. But at the same time they sought to keep a tight lid on any further public disclosure of details of the operation beyond what has… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Olim Need Their Roots and Their Past

    “A tree without roots will not grow. New branches will sprout only if the roots are preserved. The mistake made during the 1950′s in the absorption of the mass aliya of Jews from North Africa was to try to destroy our roots and erase our past,” said Eli Amir, the new director-general of Youth Aliya…. More ▸