January 23, 2022, 12:00 pm
One night in July 1983, the inhabitants of the village of Tilamado disappeared. Barefoot and wearing traditional dress, the men and women, the children and the elderly, set out on a journey they had dreamed about their whole lives: the journey to Jerusalem. Little did they know what horrors waited along the way and what terrible price they would pay to fulfill their dream.
From Africa to Zion is an extraordinary life story, but above all—it is a story about people, about love, and about the importance of family, regardless of skin color or ethnicity. “This is the Ethiopian Israeli memoir we’ve been waiting for. Danny Adeno Abebe tells us the truth, in all its painful complexity, about the Ethiopian experience in Israel. No Jewish community paid a higher price on the road to Zion than Ethiopian Jews; none has been received more grudgingly by Israeli society. By turns beautiful, agonizing, inspiring and hopeful, this is an essential book for understanding Israel today.” Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor””Danny Adeno Abebe’s compelling memoir isn’t just the story of how one talented newcomer fought to make a home for himself in a strange country. This sharply observed and touching book is also the perfect introduction to the complicated, infuriating, and inspiring journey of Ethiopian Jews to Israel – a journey that continues a generation after arrival.” Matti Friedman, author, “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel”
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