Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes: How Grassroots Activism Led to the Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews

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Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
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Seldom has a small grassroots organization polarized American Jewry as did the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) and seldom has a grassroots organization been so successful. How were five governments persuaded that it was to their interest to allow the threatened Jews of Ethiopia to fulfill their dream of rejoining their brethren in Israel? From 1974 through 1991, active AAEJ members demonstrated that it was possible to rescue black Jews from Africa. They enlisted the support of college students, American Rabbis, editors of the Jewish press and other Zionists. Lenhoff's memoir provides many untold stories behind this historic drama: How Israeli Ethiopian Jews and Americans Jews worked secretly to rescue over 1,000 Ethiopian Jews. How Jerry Weaver masterminded Operation Moses the first mass exodus of black Africans as free people not as slaves. How two gutsy American women set up a situation allowing Israel to rescue 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in one day of Operation Solomon. There is more: the intrigues in Israel between the politics of religion and the Law of Return; the daring heroic adventures of courageous Ethiopian Jews as they trekked from Ethiopia to Sudan. These are the stories of activists who challenged the establishment and won! Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes is written from the first-hand experiences of one of the AAEJ's three Presidents, scholar-activist Howard Lenhoff. Lenhoff and Gefen Publishing House are especially pleased to present also as part of this book, the untold story of "righteous gentile," Jerry Weaver.

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User Review  - Dannelke - LibraryThing

I cannot recommend this book. I'd like to let the author of the hook by simply saying that as an atheist the "question" of what constitutes a "real Black Jew" are alternately insulting or meaningless but in the end the prose and approach are what did me in. Read full review

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User Review  - JFBallenger - LibraryThing

This book by one of the leader of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ) provides an important perspective on the political maneuverings that culminated in the dramatic airlift in 1991 of ... Read full review

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Contents

Weve Won An Opening Epilogue
1
Meet the AAEJ
5
The Israeli Psyche
13
Finding Rahamim
17
Learning from Israeli Activists and Scholars
23
Politics of Religion and the Law of Return
41
Nine Months of Gestation 19741973
55
Trailblazing Moments 19751978
69
American Jewish Establishment Drops Out
157
An American Vatik in Israel Enters the Tray
169
A Flare Illuminating the Landscape
189
The Untold Story behind Operations Moses and Sheba
213
Operations Moses and Sheba Continued
235
Leaks FundRaising and Politics
261
Operation Pidyon Shevuyim
275
Last Flights to Jerusalem
287

Trom living Roomto World Stage
85
Operation Elijah The Secret Rescues from the Sudan 19791980
97
Misery Worsens AAEJ Build Momentum 19791980
113
Elijah Two 1980 Israeli Turning Point
131
Winning Hearts and Minds American Rabbis join In
143
A Beginning Not an End
299
Important Dates in Falasha History
303
Ethiopian Jews Rescued by the AAEJ
307
INDEX
309
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