Aliyah: ‘Yerus Goes to Jerusalem’

A prizewinning children’s picture book about the Ethiopian aliya will soon be available in English.

By BARBARA BAMBERGER
December 28, 2017 13:46
Author Bat-Ami Melnik and Yeshayahu Chana with his daughter and grandson

Author Bat-Ami Melnik and Yeshayahu Chana with his daughter and grandson. (photo credit: PR)

 
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More than 30 years after Operation Moses, the remarkable story of the Ethiopian aliya has been mostly – and surprisingly – absent from the wide selection of children’s books. Until now, that is. Written in Hebrew by Bat-Ami Melnik with African- inspired illustrations by Moran Yogev, Yerus Goes to Jerusalem is a welcome addition to the bookshelf. It will soon be available in English.

Published in 2015 by Dror Lanefesh, Yerus won the Notepad magazine prize for children’s books that year and was listed in the Education Ministry’s “Parade of Notable Books” recommended reading for grades 1 to 3.

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