Ester Rada's family history reads like a novel. Driven out of Ethiopia, their country of birth, by famine, Ester's parents escaped on foot to Sudan. They found themselves confined to a refugee camp in life-threatening conditions, and desperation set in until the God of their ancestors intervened. The Radas were Ethiopian Jews, and qualified to be airlifted out of Sudan in 1984 by the Israeli government, during Operation Moses.
Both Israel and Ethiopia are very proud of Miss Israel 2013! Yityish 'Titi' Aynaw, the first Ethiopian Israeli to win the title, is not only beautiful but possesses notable wisdom and self-confidence.
As Africans, it is not easy for Ethiopians to absorb into Israel's east-meets-west culture. Now young Ethiopians can celebrate their heritage at the Malkat Shva Ethiopian Cultural Center in Jerusalem.