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  • Memorial held for Ethiopian Jews

    May 12, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    A memorial service was held for the some 4,000 Jewish Ethiopians who died making their way to Israel.

    The annual state service was held Wednesday near a memorial erected on Mount Herzl by the Absorption and Immigration Ministry in memory of those who died during the trek to the...

  • Final aliyah flight leaves Ethiopia for Israel, U.S. revokes Fulbright winners’ visas

    August 6, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Last Ethiopian Airlift Heads to Israel

    The last official airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, bringing to an end a state-organized campaign that began nearly 30 years ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African nation.

    The...

  • Antonio’s ‘touch,’ Fairfax grads, Beta Israel

    July 10, 2008 | 12:33 am

    'Touched'


    The Jewish Journal cover of June 27-July 3 is excellent from top to bottom. The contrast between darkness and the light of the Kotel; the mayor touching the wall and your lead-in title, "Touched"; the technique to put the paper's masthead on the picture, yet the part of...

  • Beta Israel in Ethiopia face uncertain future on aliyah

    July 3, 2008 | 11:30 am

    At the center of the controversy raging about the possible end of Ethiopian immigration stand 8,700 relatively helpless Ethiopian Jews who want to come to Israel and an establishment led astray by its interior minister's misguided policy.

    Despite the fact that Prime Minister Ehud...

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  • VIDEO: Jews of Uganda —the Abayudaya—dream of Israel

    July 1, 2008 | 11:57 pm

    The Abayudaya, only Jewish community in Uganda, are hoping to emigrate to Israel. It’s a move that requires preparation, so some US Jews help them get ready.
    The video is from France 24, the French CNN.

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 28 - July 4

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    June 27, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    SAT | JUNE 28

    (FILM)

    Operation Moses, the 1985 mission that airlifted thousands of persecuted Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel, was a turbulent endeavor riddled with cultural, religious and personal conflicts. Families were torn apart, identities questioned and laws rewritten....

  • L.A. Jewish girl joins the African Jewish matzah dance

    By Nili Salem

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My Pesach preparation, like that of so many Americans, usually involves walking to my local supermarket and loading a cart full of Manischewitz products ... you know, the chocolate-covered jellies, the matzah-pizza sauce and, of course, the kosher cheese that rarely melts. The...
  • VIDEO: A visit with the Jews of Ethiopia

    January 23, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    A group from the Jewish Federation of Nashville went to visit Jews in Ethiopia who were awaiting aliyah.  This is their story

  • Ethiopian advocates push for 8,500 more olim

    By Ben Harris

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With Israel's Interior Ministry on the verge of bringing its Ethiopian aliyah operation to a close, a coalition of Ethiopian advocacy groups is pressing the government to add another 8,500 would-be immigrants for the ministry's consideration.

    For now it seems nothing short of a court...

  • The righteous doctor of Ethiopia—healing suffering in the world heads this Orthodox physician’s

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Rick Hodes prepares a to-do list, it doesn't look like anybody else's.

    It includes checking someone's MRI for severe scoliosis, discussing someone else's false positive HIV test, paying boarding school fees for his Ethiopian-born sons, preparing heart patients to be...

  • Letters

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    John Fishel

    Quite frankly, in my opinion, John Fishel is responsible for the "JCC crisis" ("Views Differ on Role in Centers Crisis," May 26). But he is not alone in this case. All those who were then involved in establishing policy and direction for The Jewish Federation should be...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • Spectator - A ‘Return’ With Echoes

    By Robert D. Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sonia Levitin's musical, "The Return," based on her novel of that name, revolves around Operation Moses, the mid-1980s airlift that brought most of Ethiopia's Falasha Jews to Israel. But in many ways, this tale of escape echoes the Holocaust in its descriptions of prejudice and...

  • Tracks of an Ethiopian Exodus

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.

    But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...

  • To the Promised Land

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • The Ones Left Behind

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • Fishel to Play Key Falash Mura Role

    By Marc Ballon

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel took his seat on the jetliner and glanced across the aisle. Seated near the president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was an Ethiopian woman. Resplendent in traditional garb, she cradled an infant in her arms and looked lovingly at her toddler son seated...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • Briefs

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Peace Summit Set

    Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas will meet in Egypt next week. The Israeli prime minister's office said the Feb. 8 summit with the Palestinian Authority president in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik was proposed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in hope of...

  • Federation Expects to Aid Ethiopian Jews

    By Steve Lipman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles expects to join half a dozen Jewish federations across the United States this week in an emergency allocation of nearly $250,000 for endangered members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia.

    The L.A. Federation has allocated $40,000,...

  • Ethiopian Aliyah Dilemma

    By John Fishel

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Recently on a Friday night in mid-November, I sat in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion campus in Jerusalem, along with almost 100 other Angelenos, to welcome the Shabbat. As the walls of the Old City stood illuminated outside a sweeping glass window, I thought of...

  • Pressure on Aiding Ethiopians Grows

    By Uriel Heilman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Increased pressure from officials of American Jewish organizations is driving preliminary talks on a new deal to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel before famine takes a heavy toll on the community remaining in Ethiopia.

    Coming on the eve of a federation-sponsored trip to...

  • Ethiopian Pied Piper Rocks Heartstrings

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Flamethrowers, breakdancers, mimes and musicians all perform on the Third Street Promenade, but when Saturday night rolls around, the biggest draw seems to be coming from a gaggle of bearded Chabadniks dancing to Hebrew tunes.

    And the pied piper playing the keyboard is an Ethiopian...

  • Jews in Crisis IV

    By Rob Eshman

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The long and sorrowful story of the Falash Mura is a blight and a blessing on our community.

    On the one hand, our apathy, politics and ignorance -- yes, mine and yours -- has allowed 18,000 souls to suffer needlessly, all but forgotten in a fetid corner of Africa.

    On the other, a...

  • Heroes’ Stories Discovered Again

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The Jews of Ethiopia: A Personal Journey Back to Their Past" consists of a collection of some 60 black-and-white photos taken by Dr. Wolf Leslau during a number of explorations of the Ethiopian hinterlands, starting in the mid-1940s.

    Leslau, an internationally renowned professor of...

  • Memories in Melody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For Ilana Besha, 19, the songs conjure up images of the first mass aliyah from famine-stricken Ethiopia to the Promised Land. "When word came to our village that we were going to Israel, it was like a dream come true," said the teenager, who was in Los Angeles last week with Shlomo...

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