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Learn about Ethiopian Jewish Food, Dance, Art & History

Meet the amazing Ashagar Araro. She is only 29 years old and along with her aunt - the gorgeous former fashion model (and current restaurant owner) Fanta Prada - has opened up a brand-new Ethiopian cultural heritage center in the heart of Tel Aviv called Battae. At Battae ("my house" in Amharic) they introduce visitors from all over the world to Ethiopian Jewish culture via the mediums of art, dance and of course food. Along the way, people learn a little history - and more importantly - break a whole bunch of stereotypes.


Today there are about 150,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Some 20-25,000 of them (not 400,000 as stated in the video) were airlifted to Israel in rescue operations in 1984 (Operation Moses) and 1991 (Operation Solomon). Araro herself was born as her very pregnant mother was escaping Ethiopia during Operation Solomon.


Araro was a combat commander in the IDF and a fighter against BDS out of uniform. She says she was "all the things that the BDS movement hates in one picture: a black, Israeli, Jewish, woman IDF combat commander."combat commander!


As a tour guide of Israel, this is definitely a place that we can explore together on a multicultural journey to Israel - and a wonderful young voice to support.

For more on those click here: https://www.tourguideofisrael.com/ethnic-mosaic-tours


The only only problem is that being a brand-new self-funded center - created by her family not long before the coronavirus hit - it is in real danger of closing down forever. If you'd like to help support them to keep the center alive - click here to get involved: https://my.israelgives.org/en/campaign/SaveBattae


To learn more about Araro and Battae check out the video below...




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