Ethiopian israeli students delegation to Ethiopia 2012

In April 2012 our first delegation of six Ethiopian Israeli students from the Israel At Heart fellowship program from the IDC to Ethiopia . The purpose of the delegation was to promote a better understanding of the Ethiopian community living in Israel and also provide an opportunity for the students to visit places where the Jewish community lived and learn more about the history of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Ethiopia.

Our students visited Addis Ababa , Gonder and Bahir Dar . They met with students from different universities and high schools and shared their personal story and experience living in Israel . For many of the younger generation it was the first time they were exposed to the history of Ethiopian Jews and learn more about israel and the current condition of the Ethiopian -Israeli community  . In addition many of the questions were about racism and identity in regards to their feelings about Ethiopia .

While  in Gonder the students visited the villages where they were born and places Jews settled in Ethiopia.The visit was very exciting since for all of the students it was the first time they returend to the places where they were born.

The delegation provided a great opportunity for  the Ethiopian students to learn more about Israel and the Ethiopian jewish community ,  And a plaform for the Ethiopian Israeli students to learn more about the history and culutre of the Ethiopian – Jewish community in Ethiopia.

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