Working like Zionist pioneers, to save Amharic
Many Ethiopians living in Israel are unable to read or write Amharic, driving fears that the language may become locally extinct.
In the yard of Petah Tikva’s Fidel Youth Center, girls shout while playing soccer and boys grill hot dogs for a birthday party. The children, most of whose parents immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia, sing along to a Hebrew song and gossip in Hebrew. But on the center’s second floor, the atmosphere is more serious. Under portraits of Theodor Herzl and Nelson Mandela, 10 adults around the...
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