Jewish youngsters in London have helped their Ethiopian-Israeli peers raise more than £40,000 for their home community back in Haifa, by twinning with 100 Ethiopian bar and bat mitvzah participants.
The UJIA programme saw the graduating Ethiopian Jews brought over to London last month, meeting their ‘twins’ from Kingston and Surbiton, Kinloss, South Hampstead and St Johns Wood.
The event, at which the Israeli guests sang a lively rendition of ‘KolHaOlamKulo’ in Hebrew and English, saw British youngsters writing Rosh Hashanah cards to the Ethiopian community in Kiriyat Bialik, in the Haifa district.
UJIA volunteer coordinator Marcelle Glantz reminded guests how far the programme had advanced since it was based within an absorption centre, where the Ethiopian ‘Olim’ (immigrants) lived for a year, adding that the Ethiopians are now “able to integrate, and become more confident in Israeli society”.
Melanie Kelly, UJIA’s Living Bridge Programmes manager, said: “The Graduation event was such a success. The Rosh Hashanah cards will help to continue to bridge the connection between the EBBM club participants, and their twins in Israel.”
She added: “This is such an essential part of our programme, and aims for the future of our work – creating living bridges between the Israeli and UK communities.”
Read More Here:
|AddisNews is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any other websites to which we get contents from and provide a link and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed by them.|