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  • Petach Tikvah chief rabbi rejects Ethiopians for marriage certificates

    September 8, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi in the Israeli city of Petach Tikvah has been refusing to perform marriages for Ethiopian Jews in his community.

    Saying their Jewishness is questionable, Rabbi Binyamin Atias has rejected the Falash Mura, whose ancestors converted from Judaism more than...

  • Ethiopian aliyah to end Aug. 28, Jewish Agency says

    June 25, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The Jewish Agency is preparing to end mass aliyah from Ethiopia with two final flights consisting of 400 immigrants on Aug. 28.

    The Jewish Agency emissary to Ethiopia, Asher Seyum, made the announcement in a brief letter, saying the Jewish Agency will hand over its aid compounds...

  • Israel will bring in remaining Ethiopian immigrants

    July 11, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    Israel’s government agreed to expedite the arrival of the final Ethiopian immigrants waiting to come to Israel. 

    Under the plan approved on July 8 by the Cabinet, some 2,200 Falash Mura — Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity — will be brought to...

  • Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

    February 28, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised.

    Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be brought to Israel over the next four months,...

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  • Campaign to bring thousands more Falash Mura gains steam

    July 13, 2010 | 12:56 pm

    After months of fits and starts, advocates for Ethiopian aliyah are hoping that a visit to the African country this week by Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption will help set in motion a process that will bring some 7,500 additional Ethiopians to Israel.

    So far, the Israeli...

  • 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...

  • Post-war belt-tightening: Israel could cut Falash Mura dreams in half

    By Uriel Heilman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's Finance Ministry is proposing substantial cuts to Ethiopian immigration next year as part of widespread belt-tightening following Israel's war in Lebanon.
     
    The plan, announced on Sept. 5 as part of Israel's proposed budget for 2007, would halve the number of Ethiopian...
  • Falash Mura Wait and Hope

    By Sophia Kay

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I pulled my rubber-duck-yellow poncho over my head and trudged through the dirt of the open sewage and trash in the shantytown, trying to breathe through my mouth. I was in Ethiopia with my mother and a mission from United Jewish Communities (UJC) and I could smell the people's...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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