Several hundred people attended the opening of an Ethiopian community center in Netanya last week. The city’s Mayor Miriam Fierberg-Ikar welcomed the crowd in a speech that was translated into Amharic.“There are a lot of communities in Netanya and they all asked for a place like this, but the only one that received such a beautiful place is the Ethiopian one. The Ethiopian community has brought the city much pride,” she said. The large center is the first of its kind in the country.The initiative to open a community facility for Ethiopian Jews was brought about by a partnership between the municipality; its philanthropic arm, the Netanya Foundation; and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and its president, Rabbi Yehiel Eckstein. Eckstein has taken a keen interest in the Ethiopian Jewish community, travelling to Ethiopia and learning Amharic.