The journey to Israel is over, but Ethiopian immigrants face another challenge: Conversion classes
Teaching Judaism to new immigrants, many of whom are illiterate, can be an arduous and repetitive task. But their citizenship depends on successful conversion, so failure is not an option.
Earlier this week, 25 Ethiopian men sat in a small classroom in the immigrant absorption center on Kalischer Street in Be’er Sheva. The youngest was 18 and the oldest was over 70. Some wore suits, others sported stylish T-shirts. The only item of clothing in common to them all was a skullcap. They had gathered in order to prepare together for the big test, after which the State of Israel would decide whether they...
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