Tag Archives: World Jewish Community

Backpack, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1991

Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very difficult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews were …

The Secret, Mevaseret Zion Absorption Center, Israel 1990

During the 1980s and 1990s, many Jews came to Israel from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union for religious freedom and a better life. These immigrants often lived in special apartment buildings, called “absorption centers,” until they could find more permanent homes. Absorption centers provide temporary housing and an introduction to Israeli life for many …

Hebrew Class, Israel 1994

Israel is a melting pot for Jews from across the world. New immigrants arrive constantly, speaking many different languages. Israel has created the ulpan, which is a language immersion program created to teach immigrants Hebrew quickly and efficiently. Many ulpan classes are held in absorption centers, like the one pictured here. This group of new …

Honorable Discharge, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1992

Look at the expression on this man’s face. How would you describe it—fear, sadness, confusion, and joy? He has just arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union. Under communism, Soviet Jews were not allowed to practice their religion openly and were often denied the right to immigrate to the U.S. or Israel. But after …

A Sign and a Witness, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1991

Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very difficult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews were …

Operation Exodus, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel 1992

In the 1990’s Operation Exodus helped to bring over about 1 million Jews to Israel from the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, and the opening of the “Iron Curtain”. Many Jews were airlifted to freedom in Israel. Today, Israelis originating from the former Soviet Union make up about 15 percent of the …

Backpack, Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, 1991

Jews have lived in Ethiopia for hundreds and hundreds of years. But in the 1970s and 1980s, life became very diffiŒcult for them. They were no longer safe. So, in 1984, the Israeli government organized a secret operation—known as Operation Moses—to bring Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In six short weeks, almost 8,000 Ethiopian Jews were rescued through the …

Let my people go, NY, USA

Let My People Go, New York City, 1987

These people are engaging in the important mitzvah of Pidyon Sh’vuyim (the Redeeming of Captives). At a demonstration in New York City, they push for the release of thousands of Jews from the Soviet Union. Notice what it says on the kids’ signs. Where have you heard these words before? Under Soviet rule, Jews weren’t allowed to …

Gauchos Refl‰ect, Moisesville, Argentina, 2002

Baron Maurice de Hirsch (1831 – 1896) was a German Jewish businessman and philanthropist. In 1891, he founded the Jewish Colonization Association, or JCA, with the goal of establishing colonies in North and South American for Jews experiencing economic, political, or social oppression in Eastern Europe. These immigrants endured many hardships, but at the height of their …