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  Ethiopian Jews - Felasha or Beta Israel
Ethiopian Jews 'Falasha or Beta Israel', although a very small segment of the Ethiopian population their airlifting/immigration to Israel starting in 1984 got world press attention and in the West.
The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ) was formed in 1993 in response to the growing crisis facing Israel's Ethiopian immigrant community with regards to education, housing and employment.
According to one tradition, the Ethiopian Jews are the descendants of one of the ten tribes, as their religion is an ancient form of biblical Judaism.
www.ethiopianrestaurant.com /ethiopian_jews.html   (485 words)

  
 history - Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews
The Ethiopian Jews lived primarily in villages in the north and Northwest of the country, far from their Christian neighbors, with separate social and economic institutions and conditions.
The first trickle of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel began in the 1950s when 50 children were brought to study in Israel and return to Ethiopia as teachers.
The Ethiopian Jews are now counting their second decade in Israel, and their successes surely outweigh the difficulties they have faced.
www.iaej.co.il /pages/history.htm   (502 words)

  
 The History of Ethiopian Jews
A total of 14,324 Ethiopian Jews were rescued and resettled in Israel, a modern exodus of the grandest design.
In 1855, Daniel ben Hamdya, a member of the Beta Israel, was the first Ethiopian Jew to visit Israel, meeting with a council of rabbis in Jerusalem concerning the authenticity of the Beta Israel.
Berger declared, “Not when Jews are dying...these revelations show once again that the policy of influencing factions of the government of Israel always have been against the immigration of the Ethiopian Jews.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/ejhist.html   (2624 words)

  
 Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry
Though it is too early to predict their impact on Israeli society, the 36,000 Ethiopian Jews now living in Israel (rescue efforts are under way to transport the remaining 2,100 Ethiopians who wish to emigrate to Israel) will play an important role in Israel for generations to come.
Since there are no factual data from those times, and given the Ethiopian Jews' racial resemblance to native Ethiopians, various theories have been proposed concerning the origins of the community, based on superficial research of their traditions, customs and roots.
Ethiopian Jews are granted full citizenship and receive the full rights given to new immigrants.
www.studentstruggle.org /past.html   (4338 words)

  
 WorldNetDaily: Ethiopian Jews face 'holocaust'
Rudolph, 58, became involved in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews from the Gondar region of the devastated country in 1991.
Nearly 24,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted from Ethiopia to Israel during two massive rescues in 1984 and in 1991; however, thousands have been left behind.
Ethiopian Jews have been maltreated for centuries for their Jewish practices such as keeping the High Holy Days, menstruation houses and the reading of the Torah.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=16745   (1105 words)

  
 Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry
Census of the Remnants of Ethiopian Jewry - 1999
The aliyah of most of the Ethiopian Jews was authorized under the Israeli Law of Return which states that "every Jew has the right to come to Israel as an oleh (immigrant)." The question of whether the Falas Mora should be allowed to immigrate under the Law of Return is hotly debated in Israel.
Ethiopian Jews are called "Falasha," a derogatory term, and have been relegated to low-status artisan occupations such as flsmiths, weavers, and potters.
www.studentstruggle.org /present.html   (9477 words)

  
 Ethiopian Jews and their Names
It is generally assumed that Ge’ez was the original language of the Beta Israel (The House of Israel) as the Jews of Ethiopia are generally known.
The names of the Jews of Ethiopia can be categorized in various groups according to their meaning and origins: names that reflect everyday life activities or various aspects of nature, names of Biblical origin or that echo local traditions, as well as names of grandparents and other ancestors.
The mass immigration of the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel, especially during the 1980s and early 1990s, brought about changes in the traditional Jewish Ethiopian society; one of the results being that many given names became fixed hereditary family names.
www.bh.org.il /Names/ethiopianames.asp   (717 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Africa | Israel to take all Ethiopian Jews
The last mass emigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel was in 1991.
Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, speaking alongside Mr Shalom, said a mass migration was not needed as Ethiopians were free to travel wherever they wished.
Israel organised the airlifting of 20,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1984 and another 15,000 members of the community in 1991.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/africa/3377897.stm   (351 words)

  
 Ethiopian Jews - Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews - Ethiopian Jewry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ) is a non-profit organization working to further the cause of equal access to educational and employment opportunities for all Ethiopian Israelis.
The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ) was redefined and established in 1993 by Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, following the groundbreaking work done by its American founder Dr. Graenum Berger.
Beginning in 1969, he and his colleagues were the visionary force behind the bringing of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, finally accomplished in 1991.
www.iaej.co.il   (293 words)

  
 UJC - The History of Ethiopian Jews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
After the rise of Christianity in Ethiopia in the fourth century, the Jews who refused to convert were persecuted and withdrew to the mountainous Gondar region where they made their homes for more than 2000 years.
During the reign of Haile Selassie (1930-1974) the Jews of Ethiopia were treated with indifference but their inability to own land was coupled with the scorn of their neighbors who attributed to them every misfortune which befell them.
Travel was restricted and a Jew without a travel pass was assumed to be trying to escape and liable for imprisonment.
www.ujc.org /content_display.html?ArticleID=1511   (573 words)

  
 Beta Israel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ethiopian Jews are gradually becoming part of the mainstream Israeli society in religious life, military service(with nearly all males doing national service), education, and politics.
The Ethiopian legend described in the Kebra Negast relates that Ethiopians are descendants of Israelite tribes who came to Ethiopia with Menelik I, alleged to be the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (or Makeda, in the legend).
But those Jews who come from the land of Cush are without doubt from the tribe of Dan, and since they did not have in their midst sages who were masters of the tradition, they clung to the simple meaning of the Scriptures.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Beta_Israel   (6853 words)

  
 Ethiopian Jews seek their place in promised land - [Sunday Herald]
As a Falash Mura, a descendant of the Ethiopian Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity in the 19th century, Imro arrived in Israel 15 months ago from his native Ethiopia.
“Ethiopian Jews are the toughest to integrate into Israeli society out of the all the Jews because they come from such a different cultural and social background,” says Jewish Agency spokesman Michael Jankelowitz.
Many Ethiopian Jews are still elated to arrive in what they see as the promised land, despite all the problems of integration that they will have to face.
www.sundayherald.com /53409   (791 words)

  
 Ethiopian jews, - Ethiopian Jews seek their place in promised land - [Sunday Herald]
In the early '80s, many Ethiopian Jews began leaving their villages in By the end of 1990, between 16000 and 17000 Ethiopian Jews had arrived in Addis.
The Israeli Government agrees to allow 20000 Ethiopian Jews, mainly from the Falash Mura community, to settle in the country.
These Ethiopian Jews, also known as "Felashas" (strangers), are the remaining members of the Beta Israel Community.
findoutwebsite.com /fows/ethiopian-jews.htm   (536 words)

  
 Sense and Nonsense about Jews, Judaism, Zionism, the Talmud, Hesronot Shas and the Khazars
Jews are descendants of the original inhabitants of the land of Israel or Palestine, and of people who converted to Judaism and became part of the Jewish people.
Ethiopian Jews are fl Africans and according to tradition, the wife of Moses was fl.
A rabbinical observation that Jews cannot achieve full sanctity in the Diaspora because of their sufferings there was censored as insulting to gentiles, though obviously Jews did suffer in the Diaspora.
www.mideastweb.org /jewreligion.htm   (2585 words)

  
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The last mass immigration of Ethiopian Jews was in 1991, when Israel organised a dramatic airlift of 15,000 people who had fled fighting at the end of Ethiopia's civil war.
The move to allow the Ethiopians - 17,000 Falash Mura and 3,000 so-called Falashas - into the country was led by the religious Shas party, which holds the interior ministry.
Most of these relatives who were left behind belong to the Falash Mura community, Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity about a century ago and are concentrated around Addis Ababa and the north-eastern Gondar province.
www.harpazo.net /ethiopian.html   (600 words)

  
 Perspective: Israel has done well by Ethiopian Jews
His latest diatribe regarding the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel in one of the world's most amazing rescues is by far his most outrageous (Short of the promise, Sept. 26).
Ethiopian Jews were the poorest of the poor, the most primitive of the primitive.
Today, the last remnants of Ethiopian Jews are eagerly awaiting their turn to join their fellow Jews in their Jewish homeland.
www.sptimes.com /News/100399/Perspective/Israel_has_done_well_.shtml   (1164 words)

  
 ColorQ's Color Club: African Jews
During the time of the Babylonian conquest of Israel, many Jews who were not deported to Babylon fled to Egypt, as recorded in the book of the prophet Jeremiah.
A fight broke out between some Russian Jews and Ethiopian Jews in Israel while both groups were in temporary housing awaiting resettlement.
During the Byzantine period, the Greek emperor's anti-Jewish edicts caused many Tunisian Jews to flee to Berber communities in the mountains and the desert.
www.colorq.org /MeltingPot/Africa/AfricanJews.htm   (742 words)

  
 JWA—Organizational Records—Newsletter on Behalf of Ethiopian Jews
Other Ethiopians used the term falasha which means exiled or one who does not own land in Amharic, their ancient language.
The Soviet regime did not single out the Ethiopian Jews as targets, but the governor of the Gondar province, where most Ethiopian Jews lived, was known for his anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
Between 1985 and 1991, Israeli agents brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Addis Ababa in preparation for their emigration to Israel.
www.jwa.org /teach/primarysources/orgrec_06.html   (347 words)

  
 Judaism 101: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews
Sephardic Jews are the Jews of Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East and their descendants.
Most American Jews today are Ashkenazic, descended from Jews who emigrated from Germany and Eastern Europe from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, although most of the early Jewish settlers of this country were Sephardic.
Sephardic Jews have a different pronunciation of a few Hebrew vowels and one Hebrew consonant, though most Ashkenazim are adopting Sephardic pronunciation now because it is the pronunciation used in Israel.
www.jewfaq.org /ashkseph.htm   (735 words)

  
 The Blood of Ethiopian Jews
Half of the Ethiopian Jews are children under eighteen, most of whom are being educationally shortchanged.
These Ethiopian Jews are not being exposed to the more rigorous academic disciplines which would prepare them for professional careers.
The Halutzim, the original pioneers, even though they were secular Jews, saw the land of Israel as a Merkaz Ruchani, in the words of Ahad Ha'am, a "spiritual center." It was to become a show case of justice, fairness, equality, and harmony.
www.beth-elsa.org /be_s0308.htm   (1416 words)

  
 Stephen Spector and Riki Mullu on Ethiopian Jews (5.11.05)
The story of Operation Solomon — in brief — is that the dark-skinned Jews of Ethiopia, who were known as Falashas, believed that they were descended from biblical Israelites, and for generations had yearned to return to Jerusalem.
Then, in 1990, the AAEJ (American Association for Ethiopian Jews), a maverick advocacy group that distrusted Israel's commitment to the Ethiopian Jews, brought 20,000 of them down from the safety of their remote highland villages to the impoverished capital city, Addis Ababa.
Instead, the Jews fell into the hands of the Ethiopian dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam, and became subject to international political forces of which most of them were wholly unaware.
www.92y.org /content/operation_solomon_05.asp   (1062 words)

  
 CNN - Israel's Ethiopian Jews struggle for acceptance - Jan. 29, 1996
The Ethiopian Jews want acceptance, to feel like all of Israel's other Jews, and to be a full part of the society.
Integrating Ethiopian Jews into all aspects of Israeli society was accepted as a major challenge.
The Ethiopian Jews feel their new combativeness may be a turning point.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/9601/israel_bad_blood   (482 words)

  
 What in Y'shua's Name Is Happening to the Ethiopian Jews? - Jews for Jesus
To date, an estimated 64,000 Ethiopian Jews have emigrated to Israel.
The traditional homelands of the Beta Israel (as the Ethiopian Jews refer to themselves) lie far to the north of this compound in the northern provinces of Gonder, Welo and Gojam.
Once the embassy has been satisfied, Ethiopian Jews are introduced to Israeli culture in the compounds.
www.jewsforjesus.org /publications/havurah/3_2/ethiopianjews   (1454 words)

  
 For Our Soul - Ethiopian Jews in Israel - Teshome G. Wagaw
Bewteen 1977 and 1992, practically all Ethiopian Jews migrated to Israel.
This mass move followed the 1974 revolution in Ethiopia and its ensuing economic and political upheavals, compounded by the brutality of the military regime and the willingness—after years of refusal—of the Israeli government to receive them as bona fide Jews entitled to immigrate to that country.
The author addresses the history of the Falasha; their religious and occupational practices in Ethiopia; and the adversity they experienced as they navigated from their homeland to Israel.
wsupress.wayne.edu /judaica/folklore/wagawfos.htm   (205 words)

  
 Christian funds for Ethiopian Jews
Eckstein's offer came with two conditions: that all the Kwara Jews -believed to number between 2,500 and 3,000 - be brought to Israel within six months; and that the source of the money be publicly acknowledged.
Fewer than 200 have been given permission to go to Israel from Lower Kwara, and an estimated 1,000 Jews from that region are living in squalor just outside of the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar, say some who have visited the area in recent months.
The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, a grass-roots organization based in New York, has, since November, been supplying $5,000 a month worth of tef, a grain needed to make bread, to the Kwara Jews and Falash Mura living just outside Gondar.
www.jewishaz.com /jewishnews/990212/ethio.shtml   (558 words)

  
 Ethiopian Sigd Festival - a religious worship in jerusalem Photo Gallery by Eyal Dor-Ofer at pbase.com
I don't have indepth knowledge about Ethiopian Jews but I don't consider them "Bandas" because they are not.
They are Ethiopians who know their origin and who kept loyal to their religion.
Abune Pailos is in the photos and he is not a jew, he is the ethiopian government-appounted orthodox christian "pope"!
www.pbase.com /yalop/sigd   (1686 words)

  
 1998 SFJFF - Ethiopian Jews Today   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
While in Ethiopia he had to leave school in sixth grade to work on the farm with his father because his older brother was in hiding evading the draft.
The 3-film program Ethiopian Jews Today was reviewed for the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California by Bulletin Correspondent Sarah Coleman.
We also share in the richness and uniqueness of Ethiopian Jewish traditional life; the lens captures the warmth of family relationships as members sit together for a meal or comfort each other in their loss.
www.sfjff.org /sfjff18/programs/p0720a.html   (639 words)

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