Guide for Aliyah Ethiopia, all the information you need to know and a 3 steps guide!
Ethiopia’s Jews have been a priority for the Jewish Agency since the first major wave of Ethiopian immigration began in 1984 with Operation Moses and continued in 1991 with Operation Solomon. Today, Israel’s Ethiopian immigrant population is estimated at 120,000 – 15,000 of them children born in Israel.
In December 2010, the the State of Israel appointed the Jewish Agency to complete – over the course of three years – the immigration of Ethiopia’s approximately 8,000 remaining Jews (the Falash Mura) from the poverty, anti-Semitism, disease and instability characterizing life in Africa to a better life among their people, in Israel.
To meet this undertaking, the Agency assumed the operation of the Gondar facility (Gondar is a city and separate woreda in Ethiopia), where they provide basic care and Aliyah preparation. Their next challenge is absorbing these new immigrants – many of whom are illiterate and unfamiliar with Western life – into Israeli society. The current plan is to conclude Ethiopian Aliyah by 2014.
On November 14th, 2010, the Government of Israel approved a decision to bring the remnant of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel. This process will begin in January 2011 at a rate of 200 olim per month.
Starting in April 2011, the Jewish Agency will be responsible for services to the local community in Gondar.
The services to be provided in Gondar by the Jewish Agency Jewish community life, including education, health and community services, has existed in Gondar for about a decade.
The Jewish Agency’s goal is to prepare the olim for aliyah and an optimal absorption process in Israel.
All of new immigrants to Israel are provided with a medical check-up in Gondar before making the trip to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where they take a plane to Israel. Each new immigrant is also given a grant for food and new clothing prior to the flight to Israel
As of today, there are 6,000 Ethiopian Jews signed up to receive medical care from this clinic and who are awaiting aliyah to Israel. The clinic treats between 100 and 120 people per day. It is a full service clinic which also makes referrals to hospitals.
JHI’s Pre-Aliyah Screening & Referral Program in Gondar will help ensure that they arrive in Israel with medical information and documentation that will allow them to access the excellent healthcare services available to them in Israel.
Please visit our "Step-by-step" Guide of the first steps in Israel as a New Oleh.