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Bnei Akiva in Ethiopia

The Israeli government decided in late 2015 to bring the remaining Jews in Ethiopia home to Israel. That project is estimated to take five years. In the interim, and cognizant of the difficult time that some olim, particularly Ethiopian Israelis, have had in making the transition to Israeli life, a new project was launched.

That project, the Ethiopian Aliyah Project 2016, has as its goal preparing the remaining 6,000 Jews in Ethiopia for Aliyah.

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World Bnei Akiva, working with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government, have committed to sending two Bnei Akiva shlichim (outreach workers) to Ethiopia, at intervals of two months at a time, work with those Ethiopians preparing for Aliyah. These students will teach Hebrew, Torah and Zionist ideology to the Jews waiting in transit camps in Addis Ababa and Gondar.

A successful project will mean that the new olim will have a successful transition to and absorption within Israel. There are opportunities to provide financial support to this program.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hope they will be very happy in ISRAEL. Please respecting their century ways, please let from the beginning them learn the ways, cleanniness for example that are part of the ways in ISRAEL. I have heard complaints about this. I am writing from Sao Paulo Brazil.

  2. MS. SHOR,
    FIFTY YEARS AGO I SPENT TYWO YEARS AS A TEACHER IN ETHIOPIA. LACK OF CLEANLINESS WAS NOT A PROBLEM THEN [amongst either Jews or so-called non-Jews] NOR IN ANY OF MY HALF DOZEN SUBSEQUENT VISITS. ISRAELIS OF ETHIOPIAN HERITAGE HAVE BEEN HEROIC, STEADFAST, AND A GREAT CREDIT TO KLAL YISROEL.
    MOSHE ARYEH ben SH'MUEL HaKOHEN
    MARICOS SAMIEL K'HAN

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