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Christian Embassy Funds Ethiopian Aliyah Flights

First Group of 80 Arrive Today!

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4 Feb 2019
Christian Embassy Funds Ethiopian Aliyah Flights

The Christian Embassy has funded the renewed Aliyah flights for Ethiopian Olim, and the first group of 80 will reunite with families at Ben-Gurion airport in Israel today.

Following the Israeli cabinet’s recent approval of renewed Aliyah from Ethiopia, the first group of 80 olim will be warmly welcomed by their families at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday evening (4 February) on flights arranged by the Jewish Agency and funded by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem as part of its long-standing support for Aliyah.

The ICEJ has already handed over funds for the first 300 Ethiopian Jewish arrivals and has committed to sponsoring flights for the entire 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants expected in 2019. The total transportation costs for each Ethiopian Jewish newcomer is currently estimated at $880. Together with its funding to assist with Ethiopian absorption and education projects over coming months, the ICEJ will be investing nearly $1.2 million in Ethiopian aliyah this year.

There are some 8,000 community members awaiting Aliyah with close relatives already in Israel who have been living in transit camps in Gondar and Addis Ababa, some for up to two decades. In 2015, the Israeli government unanimously approved a plan to allow those found eligible, to reunite with their families in Israel on humanitarian grounds, but the process slowed to a near halt in 2018. Last October, the cabinet approved the budget for absorbing another 1,000 Ethiopian olim. At the request of the Jewish Agency, the ICEJ has agreed to sponsor their flights over the course of 2019.

“The Christian Embassy is excited to be a partner with Israel in this latest wave of Ethiopian aliyah,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “We know this is going to make a lot of Ethiopian Jewish families very happy to be reunited after such a long and difficult time of separation.”

“We also are encouraged that the Jewish Agency’s new chairman, Yitzhak Herzog, has expressed such strong support for the renewed Ethiopian aliyah,” added Dr. Bühler. “This is continuing his great family legacy, as it was his grandfather Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, the first (Ashkenazi) Chief Rabbi of Israel, who gave the initial rabbinic approval in 1953 for the return of the ancient Ethiopian Jewish community to the people and Land of Israel.”

Since its founding in 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has assisted more than 142,000 Jews in making their way home to Israel from all over the world. Today, the ICEJ is considered the largest global pro-Israel Christian ministry, with branch offices in over 90 nations and a reach into more than 170 countries worldwide.

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

The ICEJ has committed to sponsoring flights for 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants. The total transportation costs is aapproximately $880 per person. Help us bring them home!


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