One of the most amazing fulfillments of biblical prophecy is the return of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. These exiled people, whose very existence was unknown for centuries, are descendants of the Lost Tribe of Dan.
Rabbi Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews saw first-hand the desire of the Ethiopian Jews to make their prophetic return, "from the four corners of the earth" (Isaiah 11:12) to Israel. For over 20 years The Fellowship and its supporters have helped thousands of Ethiopian Jews make aliyah (immigration to Israel) and with their klitah (resettlement) transition to Israeli culture. And now, this summer will mark the historic conclusion of a lost tribe's journey home.
As you explore this site you will meet families and individuals who risked their lives for the chance to return to the Holy Land, and see the importance of continuing vital klitah programs for these new olim (immigrants) so that Israel and its Ethiopian community continue to prosper and flourish.
This covert operation rescued some 8,000 Jews, who had walked from Ethiopia to Sudan, and brought them to Israel. But since there were no diplomatic relations between Sudan and Israel, the operation was abruptly halted, and 15,000 of those longing to return home to the Holy Land were left behind. Many families were torn apart during this immigration, as only the able-bodied were able to make the arduous and dangerous trek to Sudan.
Operation Solomon was one of the largest air operations in Israel’s history. Israel renewed diplomatic relations with Ethiopia’s new government and reached an agreement to allow several hundred Jews to immigrate to Israel within a month. Time was of the essence because any political destabilization could negate the plan. The operation officially began on May 24, 1991, and in less than two days 30 aircraft loaded with passengers (one had 1,078 on board – a world record to this day!) flew between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, and Tel Aviv. In total, more than 15,000 new Ethiopian olim arrived safely at Ben Gurion Airport and began their new lives in the Promised Land.
During this time, the focus was on getting Ethiopian Jews to Israel quickly. As the political situation became less dangerous, a steady wave of Ethiopians began making aliyah (immigrating to Israel). This exposed a need for programs to help new Ethiopian olim transition into and be successful in modern day Israeli society while maintaining their unique cultural heritage. The Fellowship stepped in to fill this gap. As shown in the next slides, The Fellowship funded many programs to solve this issue including basic needs care, job training, education, and Ethiopian empowerment initiatives.
Your support provides life-changing assistance for these and other vital Fellowship programs. Without this help, Ethiopian immigrants would be faced with numerous obstacles with nowhere to turn. Please consider donating to these programs and continuing the tradition of helping the Ethiopian community succeed in Israel.
For years, Jews in Ethiopia lived under a brutal dictatorship and were unable to practice their religion. Thankfully, the oppressive regime fell, and many Ethiopian Jews were brought home to Israel through The Fellowship’s On Wings of Eagles program. Yet, they must still overcome formidable barriers of language and culture as they seek to become full, productive citizens of Israel. These are the stories of just a few of these who are working hard – with the help of The Fellowship – to realize the promise of life in their biblical homeland.
Over the years, with the generous support of our donors, The Fellowship has distributed funds to hundreds of projects throughout Israel providing basic needs, job training, education, and empowerment programs that are vital to the long-term success of Israel's Ethiopian immigrant population. With these programs, The Fellowship helps immigrants transition from their lives in Ethiopia to the high-tech, modern society they now call home. For a closer look at just some of the projects The Fellowship funds, explore the links below.
Your gift provides life-changing assistance for suffering Israelis and Jewish people around the world, including children and the elderly, who have nowhere else to turn. Thank you for your support! May you be blessed, even as you have blessed God's people (Genesis 12:3).