Keren Hanan Aynor- Supporting Students today, Creating the Leaders of tomorrow!

Keren Hanan Aynor- Supporting Students today, Creating the Leaders of tomorrow!
Friends of Ethiopian Jews is pleased to announce its new partnership with Keren Hanan Aynor, which provides scholarships for Ethiopian Israelis seeking higher academic education.  Keren Hanan Aynor particularly targets older students who may have less support available - such as students earning Masters degrees or PhD's, students returning to school at a later age, or married students with famil...
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Police to plead guilty or be indicted for beating Demas Ferkade

Police to plead guilty or be indicted for beating Demas Ferkade
The Justice Ministry informed the High Court on Monday that they have offered a deal to the policeman who beat Demas Ferkeda, a young Ethiopian Israeli solider in uniform, without provocation.  Either the policeman would plead guilty and accept punishment, or he will be indicted.  This follows nearly two years of advocacy work by Tebekea, the IAEJ, and other Ethiopian Israeli organizations and lea...
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And About Time, Too…

And About Time, Too…
Justice eluded Ethiopian Israeli soldier Demas Ferkeda in 2015, but that may be changing.  The Jerusalem Post has published an article stating that the Israeli Attorney General is likely to indict policemen who beat  Demas  in Spring 2015.    This unprovoked beating by policemen of a young Ethiopian Israeli soldier - in uniform - was caught on video that went viral, causing protests and demonstrat...
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Sigd 2016

Sigd 2016
Once exclusively an Ethiopian Jewish holiday, Sigd is an official holiday in Israel.  The holiday begins on the 29th day of the Jewish month of Cheshvan – 50 days after Yom Kippur – and is a day of fasting, purity, and renewal. It is a holiday involving a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, centering around a special ceremony involving a renewal of the covenant between the nation and G-d. The ceremony is hel...
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Ethiopian Israeli Women Judges Appointed!

Ethiopian Israeli Women Judges Appointed!
The Israel Bar Association announced on Thursday that for the first time in Israeli history, two Ethiopian women have been selected by the Israeli Judicial Committee to serve as judges. Adenko Sabhat Haimovich is due to become a magistrate court judge, while Esther Tapeta Gradi will become a traffic court judge.  Esther is a graduate of the Olim Beyahad program, one of the most outstanding and suc...
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Ethiopian Israeli Rabbi Yosef Hadane Denied New Contract

Ethiopian Israeli Rabbi Yosef Hadane Denied New Contract
Israeli media widely covered the story in late June about the Ministry of Religious Affairs refusing to extend the contract of 67-year-old Rabbi Yosef Hadane, the Chief Ethioipian Israeli rabbi.  Rabbi Hadane was the first Ethiopian Jewish religious leader who chose to become an Orthodox  Rabbi in Israel, rather than follow in his father's footsteps as a Kes.     See the account in the English-lan...
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New book – From Sinai to Ethiopia

New book – From Sinai to Ethiopia
This new book by Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom examines the history, customs, and law of the Beta Israel, codifying the ancient cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry for the first time and contrasting it with Orthodox rabbinic law.  It is a fascinating read for everyone interested in the history and practice of Judaism and the amazing religious tenacity of Ethiopian Jews. Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom made ...
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Sigd in Jerusalem 2015

Sigd in Jerusalem 2015
The Ethiopian Jewish holiday - now an official national holiday in Israel - was celebrated in Jerusalem on November 11, 2015.   Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke during the annual festival, which marks the yearning for a return from exile to Zion and that the Ethiopian Jewish community has observed for hundreds of years.    Click here to see photos and text from Haaretz!
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