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Dr. Morris Hartstein treats a Palestinian girl from Gaza with a lymphatic malformation in one of her eyes. She received treatment in an Israeli hospital.  Courtesy of Hartstein

Learn how this St. Louis native heals eyes, changes lives in Ethiopia

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR March 2, 2021

Dr. Morris Hartstein has not only provided eye care for people in his former home (St. Louis) or his current home (Israel) but has also made 10 trips to Ethiopia, where he has treated residents who otherwise cannot afford care, trained Ethiopian ophthalmologists...

Ashrat “Assaf” Mamo, a 27-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia, became the first Israeli to finish the 2012 Jerusalem Marathon, coming in 11th place.

Ethiopian immigrant first Jewish finisher in Jerusalem Marathon

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA March 16, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Ashrat “Assaf” Mamo is such a common sight when he pounds the pavement in Jerusalem that he’s on a first-name basis with city bus drivers who, he said, always “ask me about the marathon and encourage me.” On Friday, Mamo, a 27-year-old...

Netanyahu pledges to counter racism against Ethiopians

JTA March 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with Ethiopian community leaders said he was committed to stopping racism. “I asked for this meeting because I am committed to the Ethiopian immigrant public," Netanyahu said at Wednesday's...

Elisheva Darar

Ethiopian Jewish Israeli describes advocacy for minorities

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus February 29, 2012

Elisheva Darar, whose career exemplifies a major success story among the 120,000-member Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel, is co-director of the Katamonim Community Center in Jerusalem, where she is involved in outreach to and advocacy for immigrants,...

Israel taps first Ethiopia-born envoy

JTA February 29, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has appointed its first Ethiopia-born ambassador. The appointment of Belaynesh Zevadia as Israel's envoy to Ethiopia was announced Tuesday. Zevadia also was the first Ethiopian Foreign Ministry cadet. She made aliyah at the...

Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

JTA February 28, 2012

JERUSALEM -- 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...

U.S. Jewish leaders accompany Ethiopian emigres to Israel

JTA February 2, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Seventy-one Ethiopians arrived in Israel accompanied by lay leaders from the Jewish Federations of North America. After landing Thursday at Ben Gurion Airport, the new immigrants and the delegation of leaders were taken to an absorption center...

Israeli school bus driver suspended for slurring Ethiopian children

JTA January 19, 2012

JERUSALEM—An Israeli school bus driver was suspended for making racist statements to Ethiopian children. The driver's comments were recorded during a bus ride and played for a school principal and the absorption center manager, Haaretz reported Wednesday....

 Barbara Ribakove Gordon

Ethiopian Jewry rescue is topic at JCRC

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus March 23, 2011

Local, national and international efforts to rescue the remaining 7,000 or more Ethiopian Jews and bring them to Israel was a featured topic at last week's Jewish Community Relations Council meeting, which was attended by about 60 people at Shaare Zedek...

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