The ICEJ is once again raising the banner for the remaining Jews in Ethiopia. With God’s help and working together we can bring them safely to the land of their fathers.
Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 50 years caused by El Niño, which is quickly spreading to populous areas. The drought has brought a food crisis, which is said to be the worst in 30 years. On top of it, Ethiopia has been targeted by Islamist militants, in revenge for Ethiopia’s military intervention in 2006 in neighboring Somalia.
The ICEJ Aid director Nicole Yoder explained the difficulty of this journey for Ethiopian Jews. “I always like to emphasize the challenges they will face upon arrival because of the tremendous gaps between Ethiopia and Israel – culturally, education-wise, with high-tech etc. They face some of the greatest difficulties in adapting to life here – more so than other new immigrants.”
ICEJ Canada is involved with a vital absorption project, providing professional mentors to personally assist new Jewish Olim from many different countries acclimatize to their new home and community.
Each of the trained mentors we support will work closely with up to 20 families for two to five years depending on their needs after they have left the absorption centre. The acclimatization process takes a long time and there are different needs at different stages.
Mentors tailor their help to each individual family, sometimes with the language, finding homes, jobs, and schools for their children. They may need further help to learn the monitary system, basic budgeting and grocery shopping, to complete government forms even how to navigate the transit systems.
As to the amounts required to assist through mentoring. There are differing amounts required - depending on the need, when they came into the program, and why. The range is usually between USD $2,500-USD $5,500 per family.
The Ethiopian Jews will not only realize their dreams of coming home to Israel, but they will finally reunite with close relatives here after years and even decades of separation. This will make many Ethiopian families extremely happy and change their lives forever.
So please pray that they will all arrive safely this year with no delays or hindrances.
ICEJ Canada donors have been so faithful over the past years with their financial support for this project; we have many of stories of families who have been absorbed successfully into Israeli society. Please watch these short videos below to hear some of their heartfelt stories of appreciation.
“For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’” (Jeremiah 30:3)
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