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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Israel Not Making the Grade in Educating Ethiopian Youth

    The rescue of Ethiopian Jewry stands as an enduring source of pride for the Jewish community — a heroic undertaking that exemplified what Israel and Zionism are all about. Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991 brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, where the promise of a better life awaited… More ▸

  • Hollywood Movie to Highlight Club Med’s `role’ in Ethiopian Lift

    A Club Med resort served as a base for airlifting Ethiopian Jews to Israel? That’s the incredible story line of a proposed Hollywood film, provisionally titled “Falasha.” In the “fact-based” movie, the hero is a New York stockbroker who says he was approached by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, while vacationing in Israel and… More ▸

  • Announcement on Ethiopians Raises Hopes for Potential Emigres

    For the 3,500 Ethiopians desperate to resettle in Israel, new hopes have been sparked that the wait may soon be over. A decision by an Israeli ministerial committee last week could lead to the closure of the Falash Mura transit compound in Addis Ababa and the speeded-up immigration to Israel of the people based there…. More ▸

  • Jewish Coalition Joins Effort to Enhance Ethiopian Absorption

    One year ago in Jerusalem, a violent protest of Ethiopian Jews erupted after the discovery that Israeli health officials were disposing of their blood donations for fear of HIV contamination. Consensus was that health officials had bungled badly. But there was also a recognition that the Ethiopians were expressing pain and outrage over the broader… More ▸