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VOLUME XIII, NUMBER 24

DECEMBER 3, 2015

Israel just approved immigration for 9,000 Ethiopian Jews – here’s who they are BY BEN SALES TEL AVIV (JTA) – The Israeli government has approved entry of the “last” group of Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel. The move comes two years after the arrival of 450 Ethiopian Jews then deemed to be the “last” such group. Indeed, there have been several groups said to be the last since Ethiopian immigration began in the 1970s. The initial wave was supposed to have ended with a giant military-style operation

in 1991. Then Ethiopian aliyah “ended” again, in 1998. Then again in 2008. And again in 2010. Each time, advocates of continuing Ethiopian immigration prevailed upon the government to let in not just more Jews, but other groups with Jewish ancestry. Experts and Ethiopian community members say this group may actually be the one capping three decades of Ethiopian immigration. But when the new arrivals hit Israel, they’ll encounter

a whole new set of challenges. EthiopianIsraelis lag in employment, wages and education, and have protested what they call institutional discrimination. “The need is not to just bring olim to the land, but to invest in their integration,” said Roni Akale, director-general of the Ethiopian National Project, which develops educational programs for Ethiopian youth. “If they don’t invest, there will be damage. The state needs to take care of them.”

Here’s who Israel’s 135,000 Ethiopian Jews are, why their aliyah has taken more than 30 years and how the immigrants have fared. Jews have lived in Ethiopia for 3,000 years. Many believe that Jews first arrived in Ethiopia three millennia ago after splitting off from King Solomon’s ancient Jewish kingdom. Since then, Ethiopian Judaism developed mostly in isolation from the rest of world Jewry. Ethiopian See “Ethiopian” on page 15

JCC holds ribbon cutting for newly renovated swimming pool BY DANIEL J. CARDONICK The Jewish Community Center of Scranton has reopened its pool after a $1.4 million improvement project of the aquatic center. The seven-month project renovated the pool and its 60-year-old mechanical and lighting systems. A

ribbon cutting and party was held to celebrate on November 15. Enhancements include a complete pool renovation; improvements to the inside observation deck; a new, modern electric filtration and HVAC system; expanded pool seating capacity; and new

windows. Additionally, the renovation project enabled the entire aquatic center to be handicap accessible. The new pool at the JCC will enable people of all ages

to attend expanded swim classes and water exercise classes. JCC representatives thanked all of

See “Pool” on page 6

L-r: Bill Calpin, Jeff Leventhal, Dan Cardonick, Paula Herman and Ann Monsky attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new pool on November 15.

School children and their teachers swam in the new pool.

Federation on Facebook The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania now has a page on Facebook to let community members know about upcoming events and keep connected.

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Area Chanukah celebrations; The Jewish Heritage Connection The rare Adult Polyglucosan Body recipes; eight ways to celebrate is welcomed into its new home in Disease affects Ashkenazi Jews PLUS without gifts; and more. the Jewish Community Center. and has no treatment or cure. Opinion........................................................2 Stories on pages 3, 9-11 Story on page 3 Story on page 6 D’var Torah..............................................10

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