April 13, 2011
Ethiopians to hold large seders in Israel
Some 5,500 Ethiopian immigrants will celebrate the seder together in 16 absorption centers throughout Israel.
About 1,000 of the new Ethiopian immigrants have arrived in recent months and will celebrate their first Passover in Israel, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The large seders are organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
At a model seder Thursday, some of the new immigrants will learn about Passover holiday customs and practice the holiday songs at a model seder at the Jewish Agency`s Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center. They will be joined by Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive; Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; and Sofia Landver, Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption.