A Beautiful Metaphor

For those who may not know, I am currently in training to serve for the year as a volunteer community organizer in the developing Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon LeZion, Israel. The community is largely comprised of Jewish Ethiopian immigrants, many of whom came to Israel by way of the covert Israeli military evacuations of Ethiopian Jews from both Sudan and Ethiopia (due to famine in Sudan and political instability in Ethiopia). Operation Moses, the mass evacuation from Sudan, occurred in 1984, while Operation Solomon took place in 1991. As a result, much of the millennial and post-millennial generations of Ethiopian Jews in Israel are first-generation Israelis, and in the short time that I have been here, I am already starting to pick up on the subtle cultural identity divide between the native Ethiopian parents and their Israeli-born children. … More A Beautiful Metaphor

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In Pursuit of Injera: Exploring Questions of Community

For me growing, preparing, and sharing food has always been a powerful way to connect with people and cultures. Throughout my travels, some of my favorite memories are dominated by cooking experiences, often bridging gaps in language, culture, and economic status. So, upon arriving in Ramat Eliyahu I wasted no time in making my desire to learn to cook Ethiopian food known. … More In Pursuit of Injera: Exploring Questions of Community

Food: A Method for the Relaying of Information

Today’s blog was written by a participant in Yahel‘s Repair the World Onward Israel Service Learning Initiative in Be’er Sheva. Approaching Kalisher absorption center for the first time, I was presented with a lackluster apartment complex. With decaying walls and unkempt hallways, I was unimpressed with the conditions and facilities of the absorption center.  Soon I was introduced … More Food: A Method for the Relaying of Information

Shabbat Homestay in the Ethiopian-Israel Community

This post was written by Ben Benson, a participant from Camp Tawonga on a 4-week service-learning trip with Yahel-Israel Service Learning. After volunteering alongside teens in an Ethiopian-Israeli community in Yavne, the group members are now learning about social change initiatives throughout the country as they tour Israel in the final weeks of their trip.  Two days ago, … More Shabbat Homestay in the Ethiopian-Israel Community