ADISE | An ROIer-Led Delegation to Ethiopia
Join fellow ROIers in Ethiopia, a vast country that was once home to various members of our Community. This journey is crafted by ROIers, for ROIers.
Discover the incredible story of Beta Israel, a unique community with a magnificent heritage. Learn from individuals who lived in the villages and from those who extensively researched Ethiopian Jewry and their journey to Israel.
Applications closed on December 2, 2018. Status updates will be sent to applicants around mid-December, stay tuned! For inquiries about an existing application, contact Elissa, ROI Community Manager.
Delegation dates: 4-11 March, 2019
Children of Beta Israel used to gather around village bonfires, eagerly consuming lessons from the Torah and listening to stories about Jerusalem, a city made entirely of gold, in a land overflowing with goodness. Up until the establishment of modern-day Israel, Beta Israel was the only independent Jewish kingdom following the destruction of the Temple.
On your journey to Ethiopia, you will explore the sites that shaped the identity of Ethiopian Jews and learn about key community figures from today’s leaders, including a kes (priest) and a rabbi who will accompany the group; experience a Shabbat with families in a village, plus help lead activities for the children; hear first-hand about Aliyah through Operations Moses and Solomon; taste unique cuisine; enjoy and dance to Ethiopian music; view mesmerizing landscapes and textiles; discover the rich history of the only country in Africa never to have been ruled by a foreign power.
This program was initiated by ROI Community member and Schusterman Fellow Tali Tadela Ysia, who was born in Ethiopia and made the long journey from Ethiopia, through Sudan to Israel when she was four years old. This is her first time going back.
Read the sections below for delegation highlights and logistic information, including costs.