What’s different about this new generation of multiracial Jews, however, is how they’re increasingly — and publicly — embracing their Judaism.Indeed, at a time when both mainstream Jewish and minority groups remain mired in conventional notions of who is “their own,” these Jews directly challenge the American obsession with identity politics and “one-drop” nonsense. ” sneered one of Rost’s fellow housewives (an African-American) as she celebrated her kids.In Ethiopia, the Sigd ceremony was held on a tall mountain.
Yemenite Jews have a unique religious tradition that marks them out as separate from Ashkenazi, Sephardi and other Jewish groups.
Today, it is estimated that some 130,000 Ethiopian Jews are now living in Israeli since the first airlift of 1984.
) are those Jews who live, or once lived, in Yemen.
In 1984, some 7,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted by Israel at a time the country was faced with a famine and political instability under the Mengistu Haile Mariam regime.
In 1990 another major airlift saw as many as 14,000 more flown out.
For generations, Ethiopian Jews dreamed of the return to Zion in order to reunite with their fellow Jews.