Unlikely Genetic Cousins Emerge

Tracking down a rare mutational link between Bedouins and Ethiopians.

Contributing Editor
05/18/2016 (All day)

Beersheva, Israel — Nearly four years ago an Ethiopian Israeli couple brought their two children to the office of Dr. Ohad Birk, director of the Genetics Institute of Soroka Medical Center in this southern Israeli city.

Dr. Ohad Birk: Developing a genetic screening test for a mutation “is a true joy.” Dani Machlis/BGU

Increased Ethiopian Aliyah Reflects Jewish Values

03/01/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After months of disappointment, debate and distress, the Israeli Government this week announced that it will increase the number of Ethiopian Jews that will be brought to Israel on aliyah. The Government had decided in 2010 to permit the remaining 8600 Ethiopian Jews to emigrate from Ethiopia at the rate of 200 a month. Unfortunately, after a short time, they disappointingly reduced the number to 110 a month.

 Rabbi Epstein is chief Israel Affairs officer of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

The Giving of the Torah

Local synagogues’ scroll donations enhance worship for Ethiopian Israelis and IDF members.
07/22/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Torah scrolls from the New York area are writing new chapters in the lives of Israeli soldiers and of a struggling Ethiopian congregation in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh.
From the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), which has donated dozens of Torah scrolls over the years, to the East Midwood Jewish Center, which made its maiden Torah run two weeks ago, this is the summer of the celebratory dance with Torah held high, a trans-Atlantic act of kindness, many times over.

Members of the East Midwood Jewish Center with members of Congregation Be’er Avraham, an Ethiopian synagogue in Beit Shemesh.
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