International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Israel Welcomes 240 Ethiopian Jews

Ben Gurion Airport was abuzz with excitement today as 240 Ethiopian Jews landed in Israel, their spiritual homeland. After waiting years to make aliyah, they were finally approved for this life-changing move as part of a final push to send the remaining Ethiopian Jews to the Holy Land.

This series of flights is called Operation Dove’s Wings, and The Fellowship has been deeply involved in making it happen.

The new immigrants – dressed in their white holiday clothes to mark this milestone – were greeted at the airport by excited family, members of the press, and The Fellowship’s Rabbi Eckstein and Yael Eckstein, who saw many emotional reunions – including a grandmother who met her five grandchildren for the first time and a 25-year-old woman who was reunited with her brother and grandmother.

Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a Fellowship partner organization, was also at this welcoming ceremony, where he told the new arrivals it is because of The Fellowship they are home and that they were cared for in Ethiopia.

Yael noted that in this week’s Torah portion God tells Abraham to leave his land and his family and go to a place He would show him. “It is from God that this week the Ethiopians left the land of their birth to come to Israel ‘on the shoulders of the gentiles,’” Yael said.

For more images, check out our Flickr photo gallery of the event.

Author: Stand For Israel | October 29, 2012
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What do you think?

  • Margaret
    December 7, 2012
    8:20 am

    God is so good. May He be praised forever. I know He will assist His children to settle. Haleleuya

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  • Tyson
    November 14, 2012
    4:05 pm

    This is happy, that they are safe, and ever so very sad, that they had to leave their homes because of intolerance and prejudice. My prayers for all to find the peace and love they deserve.

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  • Zipporah
    November 11, 2012
    11:20 am

    Bless God!!! My prayers have been answered concerning the highlighting of the aliyah of our Ethopian brothers and sisters coming home to Israel.

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  • Bonnie
    November 8, 2012
    4:05 pm

    My heart is overwhemed with Joy for them and I am just so…full of praises for our God. His time to be glorified in the highest is near…we will be with him shortly to celebrate. I know our LORD, is rejoicing and I rejoice with you my precious Yeshua…Hallelujah! And he has said, “Jerusalem is mine!”

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  • elaine
    November 2, 2012
    1:03 am

    how very beautiful that these Ethiopian people were able to come to Israel as they are one of the tribes (of Israel)

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  • Tedd
    November 1, 2012
    6:40 pm

    Praise GOD. I am thrilled to have had a signifigant part in getting some Ethiopian Jews home to Israel. Bless the day when they are all home safely in Israel.

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    November 1, 2012
    3:24 pm


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  • Robin
    October 30, 2012
    4:47 pm

    Praise our Lord. He never lies and never leaves us.

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  • Pete
    October 30, 2012
    11:16 am

    this is fantastic Great is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

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