On February 23, 2013, the children of Israel will celebrate the redemption of the Jewish people with the holiday of Purim. The Israel Today offices are abuzz with activity, as we begin our preparations to help Israel’s children celebrate this festive holiday.
Many of Israel's Ethiopian population understand intimately the joy of redemption. Most of this new section of Israeli society was heroically airlifted from the oppression they faced in Ethiopia. In two harrowing missions – Operation Moses and Operation Solomon – Israel brought home the Ethiopian community, members of a lost tribe. Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia have been streaming home for decades now. But their transition is rarely easy. They face culture shock when attempting to integrate into Israel's unique East-meets-West culture when coming from home, where they often faced significant discrimination. Israel works to incorporate this community, and hosts several absorption centers throughout the country to help educate and support these individuals.
In order to help the hard-working children in these centers celebrate a joyous holiday, Israel Today is visiting three of these absorption centers throughout Jerusalem and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Help us brighten the holiday for these young children, between the ages of three and seven, and contribute a mishloach manot, or holiday basket, by clicking here.