Florida Premiere

Documentary | USA, Ethiopia (2019) | 72 minutes | English, Hebrew, Amharic

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Thursday, March 19, 3:15 pm at Cinemark Palace 20, Boca Raton
Speaker: Kasa Bainesay-Harbor, Deputy Consul General, the Israeli Consulate

Sponsors: Marjorie & Merle Horowitz
Thursday, March 26, 1:00 pm at Beifield Auditorium, Levis JCC Sandler Center, Boca Raton
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In Ethiopia, there are over nine thousand Jews. They speak Hebrew, keep kosher and have relatives living in Israel, though Israel continues to deny their appeals for aliyah — the Jewish birthright to become citizens of Israel. Many among this community abandoned life in the Ethiopian countryside over a decade ago, relocating to the city in hopes of soon moving onto Israel. Despite their devout observance and commitment to Judaism, Israel continues to delay a decision to bring this group, believed to be the last Jews in the world awaiting aliyah. The Beta Israel survive within a temporary, difficult reality in Ethiopia, as Passengers on the road to the Promised Land, though stranded along the way. They largely rely on government assistance and money sent back from relatives in Israel in order to survive, every day hoping they will one day live fully as Jews in Israel.

DIRECTOR: Ryan S. Porush