Jew, Ethiopian in Israel

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Introduction / History

When the first Ethiopian Jews came to live in Israel, they often had to live in mobile homes in regions away from the better places. Housing conditions were not good and the Ethiopians were isolated and their children were a long distance from good schools. The adjustment was particularly hard for the older ones and even getting used to things like electricity was hard for them. It was said that taking a Falasha from his village was like taking a fish out of water.

Life began to get better for the Ethiopian Jews and in 1993 the immigrants were encouraged to buy homes in more central regions like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Many of them bought homes but mainly in the regions where the Israeli government had not wanted them to be. Short term housing had almost finished though.

The government helped to lessen unemployment for the Ethiopian Jews. Though unemployment is more for them compared to other Israeli people, things became better. Education has been better for Ethiopian children and the adults have been moved to where work is more readily available.

After the collapse of Communism in 1990, six thousand Beta Israelis were allowed by the Ethiopian government to emigrate to Israel. In 1991, the Israeli government transported by airplanes many Beta Israelis to Israel due to rebels attacking the Ethiopian government.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though there are yet difficulties, some things in the lives of the Ethiopians have improved. There are Ethiopian restaurants and Ethiopian music is now an influence. The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews is one organization that has been helping the Ethiopians. Because of their involvement, the Jewish festival of Sigd became an official state holiday in 2008. The Ethiopians in Israel celebrate by fasting, reading from the Tanakh and having a feast to celebrate that they accept Jewish law.

The older generation of Ethiopian Jews are finding life difficult and the young are guiding their parents and grandparents regards living in Israel. That is contrary to life in Ethiopia where it is the older ones who are consulted. There is an increasing crime level among the Ethiopian youth.

While keeping their heritage of Jewish life in Ethiopia it is hoped they will feel more at home in Israel. (Maybe some Messianic Jews could befriend the Ethiopian Jews and give them hope in Jesus Christ).

Haymanot is the term used among the Ethiopian Jews in Israel for Jewish religion. They speak Amharic, Tigrinya and Hebrew.

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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Jew, Ethiopian
People Name in Country Jew, Ethiopian
Population in Israel 74,000
World Population 77,400
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per
Alternate Names Beta Israel, Black Jew, Falasha, Felash Mura, Kwara, Qimant
People ID 11180
ROP3 Code 102987
Country Israel
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Israel
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Amharic
Language Code amh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hebrew Tigrigna
Other People Groups Speaking Amharic
Primary Language Amharic
Language Code amh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Amharic

Primary Language:  Amharic

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1829-1988)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1840-1988)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Amharic
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Amharic Bible New Amharic Standard Version (NASV)
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
30.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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Profile Source Anonymous  
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