|Replicas of Falash Mura homes found in Ethiopia stand|
at the absorption center in Mavassaret Zion to give new
olim a sense of familiarity in their new surroundings
The aliya stories of members of the Ethiopian Jewish community called the Beta Israel are the most well-known to the Jewish Diaspora. The community’s trek across the Sudan during the 1980s in efforts to reach Zion is both unbelievable and valiant. The complex history of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia, however, is still being introduced to global Jewry, and their experience in Ethiopia is much different from their Beta Israel brethren.
|Donated by ENP, this embroidered tapestry was woven by|
Beta Israel men en route to Israel through Sudan
during the 1980s
The Falash Mura's cryptic existence is not exceptional to the Jewish experience in the world. Some Ashkenazi Jews in Europe prior and during World War II adopted Christianity in attempts to survive the genocide of the Holocaust. Cryptic communities found in parts of Africa, Portugal, the Caribbean and South America, and the United States are descendants of Sephardic Jews who were victims of the Spanish Inquisition, and who were forced to partially adapt to the religion of their host countries to survive.