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The Jews of Ethiopia
By Ellen Minsky - March 8, 2009

The Beit Israel or the "House of Israel" is the name given to the Jewish community originating in Ethiopia. One of the Ethiopian legends contained in Kebra Negast, or "Book of the Glory of Kings," says that that Ethiopians are descendants of Israelite tribes who came to Ethiopia with...

Jewish Tribes: Benjamin
By Sarah Kronenberg - March 1, 2009

Benjamin was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob and Rachel and father of the Tribe of Benjamin, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born in Canaan and originally called Ben-oni, or "son of my affliction" by his mother as she lay dying in labor but his name was later changed...

The Jews of Venezuela
By Mike Martin - March 1, 2009

The Jews in Venezuela can trace their origins back to the days when groups of marranos or secret Jews emigrated to Caracas and Maracaibo in Venezuela from Portugal and Spain. But the first permanently settlers in Venezuela likely lived in Tucacas having arrived from the Dutch colony of...

Jewish Leaders: Moshe Sharett
By Marty Talman - March 1, 2009

Moshe Shertok was born in 1894 in Kherson, South Russia but changed his name to Moshe Sharett when Israel finally achieved independence. He was the son of one of the founders of the Zionist Bilu group and in 1906 he immigrated to Israel with his family and settled in the Arab village...

Jewish Leaders: Golda Meir
By Marty Talman - February 20, 2009

Golda Meir was born in Kiev in the Ukraine on May 3, 1898. Like many other Ukrainian Jews, economic hardship forced her family to immigrate to the United States in 1906 where they settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She became active in the Labor Zionist movement in Milwaukee and in high...
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