Ethiopian Jews

Once More, Bring Ethiopian Jews Home

08/03/2016 - 09:08
Editorial

Twenty-five years ago, a covert, 36-hour airlift spirited some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews out of the country during a civil war. Called Operation Solomon, it captured the imagination of the world.

The operation used modern technology, a fleet of airplanes, to rescue an ancient people — the Jews of Ethiopia, who are thought to have lived there for some 2,000 years, descendants of the biblical tribe of Dan.

Netanyahu Makes Landmark Visit To Ethiopia

07/07/2016 - 15:34

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to visit Ethiopia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with religious leaders of the Ethiopian Jewish community. Getty Images

Ethiopian Jews In Israel: 25 Years Later, A Mixed Report

06/02/2016 - 11:13

Twenty-five years ago this week, the world was captivated by images of the dramatic airlift that brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from amidst a raging civil war.

Gideon Taylor

An Ethiopian Holiday Celebrated In Israel

11/23/2015 - 19:00

In their homeland of Ethiopia, they marked their unique Jewish holiday, Sigd, on a nearby mountain.

Photos By Getty Images

Put Ethiopian Jewry High On Our Agenda

05/11/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Ten years ago, I woke up with a terrible pain in my arm that I could not eliminate with over-the-counter medicines. After going through a full battery of tests and consulting with a number of specialists, I was told, “Although we could give you medicine to alleviate the pain, what you really need is surgery on your spine — because that is the really the source of the problem. The pain in the arm is only a symptom. If we cure only the symptom, the disease will continue to spread.” 

Rabbi Jerome Epstein

Decades Of Frustration For Ethiopian Jews

Tel Aviv riot highlights entrenched discrimination, violence faced by immigrant community.

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The Talpiot Industrial Zone in south Jerusalem is home to some of Jerusalem’s poorest people. Housed in run-down buildings built decades ago for Jewish refugees from Arab countries, the crime rate is high, even with a police station located right across the street.

Continued accusations of harassment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel led to riots this week in Tel Aviv. Getty Images

Exodus Interrupted

How an historic operation 30 years ago to save Ethiopian Jews succeeded — and nearly failed.

12/02/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Thirty years ago, Operation Moses became one of the most dramatic and successful chapters in modern Jewish history. Thousands of Jews from Ethiopia, an ancient community threatened by revolution and famine, were delivered to Israel in a remarkable, covert operation undertaken through the collaboration of the United States, Israel and Sudan. Today, nearly two generations later, the Ethiopian Jewish community is a vibrant piece of the Israeli mosaic, symbolized most famously by Yityish Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013.

Jewish School In Gondar Closes As Ethiopian Aliyah Nears End

08/20/2013 - 20:00

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky turned over the keys to the Jewish school of Gondar to the Ethiopian city’s mayor.

End Of The Line In Gondar

As the Jewish community ends its program in Ethiopia, sadness and hope.
08/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Aug. 28, the Jewish Agency for Israel will sponsor the final mass immigration flight of Ethiopians Jews to Israel. The operation will end a multi-decade initiative that has brought more than 100,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

An Ethiopian women gets clearance to immigrate to Israel. Robyn Spector

Ethiopian Troops Struggle In IDF

“Something happens when Ethiopian recruits enlist and encounter army life. Something goes wrong."

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