Showing posts with label 2017. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2017. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


(Mesekerem Tadesse, Alem Wondie and Bezabeh Mulugeta. Credit: The Heart of Israel)


The family of Sintayehu Shaparou, the Ethiopian who competed in Israel’s April 2018 Chidon HaTanach contest, will arrive in Israel

Who: Mother, siblings and nephew of Sintayehu Shaparou
What: The family will arrive in Israel from Ethiopia | Greeting by advocates, volunteers | Sintayehu will attend
When: Tuesday, Nov. 6 | Flight lands at 8 p.m. - allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for the family to clear customs
Where: Ben-Gurion International Airport, arrival hall

November 4, 2018 ---------- The family of Sintayehu Shaparou, the Ethiopian who competed in Israel’s April 2018 Chidon HaTanach contest, will arrive in Israel on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. The family will be greeted by their son and several volunteers and advocates. This is the first Ethiopian family to arrive in Israel and become residents since 2017.

Family members include: mother Alem Wondie; siblings Bezabeh Mulugeta, Mesekerem Tadesse and Zemna Tadesse; and nephew Dawit Ayelign. They are being granted residency status after months of lobbying the government. The family’s flights and initial expenses are being paid for by The Heart of Israel, which raised money to support the cause mainly from Christian Zionists.

“It is gratifying to see this day come - the day that Sintayehu’s family will arrive in Israel - after all of our efforts to bring them home,” said A.Y. Katsof, director of The Heart of Israel, thanking his donors from around the world for their support in ensuring the last 8,000 Jews of Ethiopia are able to move to Israel. “I hope that this is only the first of many Ethiopians we see arrive in the holy land.”

The family will be relocated to Kibbutz Kiryat Menachem.

(Mesekerem Tadesse, Alem Wondie and Bezabeh Mulugeta. Credit: The Heart of Israel)

Katsof noted the significance of the event happening one day before the Sigd, the major holiday of the Ethiopian community in Israel. The Sigd marks the return to Zion and the longing for Jerusalem and brings together the Ethiopian community for reckoning and soul-searching. And event will take place on Wednesday at the Sherover Promenade in Armon HaNatziv, Jerusalem to celebrate the Sigd. President Reuven Rivlin and Minister for Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver will speak at the event.

But Katsof said that The Heart of Israel and its partners, including “The Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah,” will not rest until all of the 8,000 remaining Ethiopian Jews are brought to Israel.

Last month, the cabinet approved the immigration of 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura to Israel. The Falash Mura are Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors practiced Christianity, often under duress, generations ago. Today, the Falsh Mura are practicing Jews.

The government decided in 2015 to bring the remaining members of the Falash Mura community to Israel. The government brought a first 1,300 in 2017, has approved this next 1,000, but has yet to approve a budget for any further immigration.

The Struggle for Ethiopian Aliyah is currently disseminating a petition that will be presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Ethiopian-Israeli community during a protest marking three years since the passing of the 2015 resolution. This petition calls on him to keep his promise and bring them home.

Media are welcome to attend. Interviews will be available. Please address all questions to Maayan Hoffman at 050-718-9742 or

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Israel's Tourism Sees Record-Breaking Growth in 2017 - CBN NEWS

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Last year was a record-breaking year for Israeli tourism with more than 3.6 million people descending on the country. That's 700,000 more visitors than 2016.
After easily breaking the 3-million-tourist threshold last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had even higher hopes for 2018. "I hope that in the coming year we will pass the 4 million mark."
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin attributed the increase in tourism to the Tourism Ministry's two largest initiatives:  an innovative new marketing strategy and the incentivizing of airlines to open new routes to the country.
The revamped marketing strategy included three different initiatives such as the "Eilat Winter Campaign" or the "City Break Campaign" that sold Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as two different but complementary vacation experiences. The campaign was very popular in Europe, where it was advertised in 10 different countries and languages.
The third initiative was the "3 Millionth Tourist Campaign" in early November in which Netanyahu welcomed the 3 millionth tourist, a Romanian woman and her partner, and even personally guided them around the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem's Old City.
Israeli tourism also opened its first markets in Poland and Romania as well as the first social network campaign to China. This among other outreaches to Chinese audiences led to an overall 46% increase in Chinese tourism to Israel from last year.
The government issued numerous grants and incentives to airlines to encourage them to open flights to Israel. Chief among them, a 250,000-euro grant per weekly flight for each airline that opened a direct flight to Israel from a destination where there was no previous route.
This initiative alone resulted in 18 new flight routes to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport from numerous different destinations such as Miami, Florida, in the U.S., Europe and Iceland.
Besides gaining new tourists, Israel has also increased its number of return visitors, with 41 percent of tourists last year being repeat travelers. This is no surprise considering 91 percent of tourists ranked their trip to Israel as very good or excellent.
Levin called these happy tourists "ambassadors of Israel around the world and our loyal representatives on social media."
Beyond the positive effect on Israel's image, the increase in tourism pumped 20 billion shekels (nearly $6 billion U.S.) in revenue into the Israeli economy from incoming tourists alone. This in turn added 25,000 new jobs to an industry that already employs more than 200,000 Israelis.
Some 54 percent of last year's tourists to Israel were Christians. The most were from the United States and then Russia, France, Germany, and the U.K. 
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Friday, January 5, 2018

The Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017 in the Holy Land - CBN News

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Christianity Today has released a list of the top 10 archaeological finds of 2017 in Israel, and CBN News has been on the front lines of these discoveries, reporting on many of them from our Jerusalem Bureau.
We can travel back in time by digging in the land of the Bible. It is through historical evidence found by archaeologists that the world can better understand the details about the people who lived and how they lived during Biblical times, especially in the First Century when the early church was branching out into the known world. 
1.  Small Roman Theater Found Next to the Temple Mount's Western Wall-- It is the first example of a Roman public building ever discovered in Jerusalem. It was found at the bottom of eight excavated courses of Western Wall stones, 26 feet below Warrens Arch and the current level of the Western Wall plaza, the theater could seat roughly 200 people. It's use or date has not been determined, but archaeologists think it may date about a century after the time of Christ.
2.  A Relic from The Temple Jesus Knew -- How Solomon's portico, the double colonnade that surrounded the temple built by Herod, actually appeared came into sharper focus with the discovery of an ornamental capital from one of the tops of the columns. Jesus visited Solomon's portico during the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) in John 10:23.  The early church also used it as a meeting place as recorded in Acts 3:11, 5:12)
3.  Where was Bethsaida Located? -- Bethsaida was the hometown of three of the apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip. The city is believed to be located somewhere near the outlet of the Jordan River into the northern Sea of Galilee.  However, it's precise location has never been pinpointed. This year, archaeologist Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College and his team discovered the remains of a Roman bathhouse at one site, which is much closer to the shore of the sea than the other site.  But neither site has been id'd as Bethsaida and there's a difference of opinion between archaeologists as to where the actual city may lie.
4.  Timna Copper Camp from the Time of David and Solomon -- Some scholars have suggested due to the lack of archaeological evidence that the reigns of David and Solomon found in the Old Testament were not significant.  However, evidence to support a very powerful 10th century B.C. centralized kingdom based in Jerusalem has come to light. This year, 3,000-year-old donkey dung found at Timna, the site of ancient copper mines, and tested by archaeologists from Tel Aviv University, revealed the donkey's diet came from near Jerusalem.  It is another example of centralized power at the time of David and Solomon.
5.  Seal Impressions Redating the City of David --  Archaeology in the oldest area of Jerusalem, the City of David, continues to reveal the Holy City's historic past. In September, the IAA exhibited a collection of clay seal impressions (bullae) which came from different excavations.  The clay sealings date from roughly the time of King Hezekiah (700 B.C.) to the end of the Judean monarchy (586 B.C.). One of the sealings bears the name of Achiav ben Menachem, which suggests a connection to two kings of the northern kingdom: Ahab and Menachem. Archaeologists believe this is evidence that refugees from the northern kingdom of Israel found their way into senior positions in the southern kingdom of Judea.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In 2017, 'Jews Won War for Temple Mount' - Breaking Israel News

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‘In 2017, Jews Won War for Temple Mount’


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