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Jew, Ethiopian in Israel

Jew, Ethiopian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
81,000 Amharic Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.70 %   

Jew, Ethiopian in Israel

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Introduction / History
When the first Ethiopian Jews came to live in Israel, they often had to live in mobile homes in regions away from the better places. Housing conditions were not good and the Ethiopians were isolated and their children were a long distance from good schools. The adjustment was particularly hard for the older ones and even getting used to things like electricity was hard for them. It was said that taking a Falasha from his village was like taking a fish out of water.

Life began to get better for the Ethiopian Jews and in 1993 the immigrants were encouraged to buy homes in more central regions like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Many of them bought homes but mainly in the regions where the Israeli government had not wanted them to be. Short term housing had almost finished though.

The government helped to lessen unemployment for the Ethiopian Jews. Though unemployment is more for them compared to other Israeli people, things became better. Education has been better for Ethiopian children and the adults have been moved to where work is more readily available.

After the collapse of Communism in 1990, six thousand Beta Israelis were allowed by the Ethiopian government to emigrate to Israel. In 1991, the Israeli government transported by airplanes many Beta Israelis to Israel due to rebels attacking the Ethiopian government.

What are their lives like?
Though there are yet difficulties, some things in the lives of the Ethiopians have improved. There are Ethiopian restaurants and Ethiopian music is now an influence. The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews is one organization that has been helping the Ethiopians. Because of their involvement, the Jewish festival of Sigd became an official state holiday in 2008. The Ethiopians in Israel celebrate by fasting, reading from the Tanakh and having a feast to celebrate that they accept Jewish law.

The older generation of Ethiopian Jews are finding life difficult and the young are guiding their parents and grandparents regards living in Israel. That is contrary to life in Ethiopia where it is the older ones who are consulted. There is an increasing crime level among the Ethiopian youth.

While keeping their heritage of Jewish life in Ethiopia it is hoped they will feel more at home in Israel. (Maybe some Messianic Jews could befriend the Ethiopian Jews and give them hope in Jesus Christ).

Haymanot is the term used among the Ethiopian Jews in Israel for Jewish religion. They speak Amharic, Tigrinya and Hebrew.

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Country: Israel
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window: Yes
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jew, Ethiopian
People Name General: Jew, Ethiopian
Alternate People Names:
Beta IsraelBlack Jew
FalashaFelash Mura
ROP3 Code: 102987
Joshua Project People ID: 11180
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 81,000
Population all Countries: 86,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Jews
People Cluster: Jews
People Name General: Jew, Ethiopian
Ethnic Code: CMT33a
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Primary Language: Amharic
Language Code (ISO): amh    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hebrew (Unknown)Tigrigna (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Sub-division:Judaism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 2.70 %)
Ethnic Religions97.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox30.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 1824-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1840-2014
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Jew, Ethiopian in Israel

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