Ethiopian Jews

Report: Coerced Contraception Behind 50 Percent Dip In Ethiopian-Israeli Births

Ethiopian women say they were told their ability to immigrate depended on taking a Depo-Provera shot.
12/10/2012 - 19:00

Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots.

The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a 50 percent decline in the Ethiopian birth rate in Israel over the last decade.

Ethiopian worshippers gather at a makeshift synagogue established by the Jewish Agency in Gondar on Nov. 19. Getty Images

Israelis Mark Ethiopian Holiday

11/19/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Every year on the 50th day after Yom Kippur, Ethiopian Jews mark Sigd, a unique Ethiopian Jewish fast day, with prayers and Torah readings. The holiday, which means “prostration” in Ethiopia’s Ge’ez language, marks the day when, according to the Ethiopian Jewish tradition, God first revealed himself to Moses.

On Sigd, Ethiopian Jews symbolically re-accept the Torah.

In Israel, where the majority of Ethiopian Jews have settled in the last three decades, the Ethiopian Jewish community has grown to more than 100,000.

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Welcome To Israel

11/05/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

This week marked the beginning of the end — the end of Ethiopian Jews’ millennia-old dream to settle in Israel.

Three decades after Operation Solomon, a covert Israeli operation, started to bring the first of thousands of the African country’s Jews to the Promised Land, Israel on Monday brought some 240 members of the Falash Mura, Ethiopian Jews whose forebears had converted to Christianity a century ago. They arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on a charter flight.

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A Call To Keep The Faith With Ethiopian Olim

After arrival in Israel, Ethiopian Jews are optimistic, but need further help
10/27/2012 - 20:00

The Boy in the Green Shirt

Here’s how it works with these service trips: They lure you in under the guise of work, telling you you’ll be helping to build a school, volunteering at a clinic, or contributing to the community in some meaningful way, and you get on that plane to incredible fanfare (mostly imagined), feeling like a hero for what you’re about to do.

The abandoned synagogue in Ambover, Ethiopia is accessible only by rocky, dirt roads.

The New Face Of Israeli Diplomacy

At a crowded Starbucks in the center of Houston, an Israeli two years ago described her life as a pioneer.

Belaynesh Zevadia, native of Ethiopia, had served as Israel’s first Ethiopian-born diplomat.

Portraits Of Israelis As Young Men

Israel through the eyes of a different kind of Old Master.
03/19/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The case is sometimes made that when it comes to telling truths about Israel — be they good, bad or ugly — it’s probably best to have a Jew do it. But Kehinde Wiley, a gay black artist from South Central Los Angeles, may be offering the definitive rebuke to that notion.

Ethiopian Jews like Kalkidan Mashasha, below, complicated artist Kehinde Wiley’s views about race and identity.

A Protest In Black-and-White

01/23/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

While the last several thousand Falash Mura — Ethiopians with Jewish roots — in Africa await entry into the Promised Land, Ethiopian Jews already in Israel took to the country’s streets last week to protest what they consider growing signs of racism.

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James Tisch Elected Jewish Agency Board Chair

02/21/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- James Tisch, who has held several key positions in the Jewish world, has been elected as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors.

Tisch, 58, the president and CEO of the Loews Corp., was elected Tuesday during the board's meeting in Jerusalem to succeed Richard Pearlstone, who has served in the post since 2007.

Among his positions of Jewish leadership, Tisch has served as board chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and president of UJA-Federation of New York.

Federations Launch $5.5 Million Campaign for Ethiopian Aliyah

01/23/2011 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a $5.5 million fundraising campaign for Ethiopian immigration to Israel.

The campaign comes at the behest of the Israeli government, which agreed last November to bring up to 7,846 additional Ethiopians to Israel. Like Israel’s commitment, the federation’s campaign comes with an eye toward concluding mass Ethiopian aliyah; it’s called “Completing the Journey.”

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