Exploring Our Heritage

Young Ethiopian Israelis undergo a preparatory seminar at the Nes Harim Field and Forest Center for their heritage journey to Ethiopia in December.

November 27, 2014 16:23
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Exploring Our Heritage 758. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)


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Young Israelis of Ethiopian origin who, on Hanukkah, are due to embark on a visit to the old country to explore their Ethiopian roots, took part in a preparatory seminar at KKL-JNF’s Nes Harim Field and Forest Center. The invitation to hold the delegation seminar at the center was extended by KKL-JNF’s Education and Youth Division.

A group of outstanding high school students who are about to leave to explore their Ethiopian roots participated in a preparatory seminar at KKL-JNF’s Field and Forest Center at Nes Harim. In the course of a fascinating weekend packed with events, we learned about the history of Zionism, got in touch with Israeli landscapes and discussed our identity as young Israelis of Ethiopian origin. 

“I love Israel, but I feel that I’ve got to see the place I came from,” said eighteen-year-old Mamy Abich of Jaffa. “After the trip I’m sure that even in difficult moments I’ll be able to appreciate the good life we’ve made for ourselves here in Israel among our fellow Jews.” 

A variety of different organizations are partners in this remarkable joint venture: the David Goldman Foundation, Keren HaYesod (United Jewish Appeal), KKL-JNF, JNF England, Israel’s Ministry of Education, the Gevanim Association for Education and Community Involvement, and the Rashi Foundation. The purpose of the trip is to help us get in touch with ourselves and our past, and thereby strengthen our identification with Zionism, our love for our country and our connection to the State of Israel. This will enable us to find our place within Israeli society from a position of strength and confidence, fulfill our potential and realize our dreams and aspirations. 

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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