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Ethiopia 5 Day Draft Itinerary

Evening flight from TLV to Addis Ababa.


- Check in Time at TLV airport 21:45
- 23:00 – Group Meeting at TLV Airport Fly from Tel Aviv to Addis Ababa (ET-405 Dep. 00:45 Arr.06:05)
February 11 (Saturday)

Connection Fight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela. (ET 122 Dep.07:45 Arr.09:45)


- 06:05 Landing in Addis Ababa and Connecting straight to Lalibela
- 09:45 Land in Lalibela
- Breakfast Boxes from Israel
- Drive to the hotel.
- Luggage will be transported to the Hotel Separately.
- Check in, short lecture and program opening (possible topic- ‘getting our bearings’ Ethiopian Solomonic Dynasty from Queen Sheba to Hile Selassie,1974)
- Buffet vegetarian Lunch at the Hotel.
- Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.
- Short stop at Ben Abeba restaurant for sunset view.
- Drive back to the hotel.
- 19:30 – Dinner at the hotel.
- 20:30 – Group meeting and a short introduction to the days ahead
February 12 (Sunday)

Fly from Lalibela to Gondar (ET-123 Dep.13:20 Arr.13:50 PM) and visit the Jewish community Center in Gondar.


- Breakfast
- Introduction to the day by one of the educators
- Leave your luggage outside for collection or bring it to the front desk.
- Depart the hotel and countryside house visit.
- 11:30 Arrival at Lalibela airport
- Luggage will be transported from Gondar airport to the Hotel Separately.
- Lunch
- 15:40 – 18:00 Visit the Jewish community Center in Gondar- Meet members of the community. Participate in the evening prayer with the community that starts around 17:00 PM.
- A visit to residents homes (if possible)
- Depart at 19:45 PM for Dinner -Four Sisters restaurant.
- First formal introduction to culture and history of community at restaurant.
- Briefing to prepare for next day
February 13 (Monday)

Excursion to Ambober village and city tour of Gondar.


- 06:30 -Breakfast
- 07:30 - Depart to Ambober in jeeps (with security).
- Visit the Ambober school, the synagogue and Hike to Sigd Mountain.
- Lunch at Lammergeyer Hotel.
- Visit Fasil castle and Debre Birhan Selassie church. This church is famous for its decorated ceiling with the Gonderian style painting of angel faces that are distinct to this era.
- Dinner at the Hotel with music and hear personal stories from Ethiopians who made the journey including some of the challenges of their Alyiah.
- Briefing to prepare for next day

February 14 (Tuesday)

Excursion to Kosoye, Woleka, community House visit and afternoon flight to Addis Ababa.


- 07:00 - Breakfast
- Departure for Kosoye on buses.
- Depart for the walk in the memory of their journey & following in their footsteps
- Overview and a personal narrative with the story of the journey to through Sudan
- Stop at Woleka to visit a synagogue and for a memorial prayer at the cemetery of Woleka.
- Lunch and learn about some of the current health and educational challenges in community still in Ethiopia
- Home visits to the Jewish community near the center.
- Drive to the airport
- Fly from Gondar to Addis Ababa ET 169 Dep.17:10 Arr.18:20
- Arrival in Addis Ababa airport, Meet our buses and drive to hotel.
- Dinner and Meeting with Ambassador of Israel to Ethiopia
- Hear from younger Ethiopian Israelis on trip. What are their concerns?

February 15 (Wednesday)

City tour of Addis Ababa, Jewish community in Addis Ababa, Embassy, Mercato and souvenir shopping and flight back Home.


- 07:00 Breakfast
- Leave your luggage outside for collection or bring it to front desk
- Visit the Jewish community in Addis Ababa including cemetery
- 10:00- 12:00 Visit the Embassy.
- Vegetarian lunch.
- Free time at the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa.
- During the day drive through the main attraction sites of Addis Ababa Africa union Hall, the Palaces and Parliament Building, Addis Ababa university located at Arat kilo district.
- Possible visit to the National Museum which houses some of Ethiopia’s Historic treasures, oldest hominid ever discovered: Lucy or Dinknesh.
- Farewell dinner 19:00- 21:30
- Departure to the airport at 21:30 and leave for Israel with Olim (to be confirmed)
- ET- 404 Dep.23:55 Arr.04:00

February 16 (Thursday)

February 11 (Saturday) - Evening flight from TLV to Addis Ababa.


- Check in Time at TLV airport 21:45
- 23:00 – Group Meeting at TLV Airport
Fly from Tel Aviv to Addis Ababa (ET-405 Dep. 00:45 Arr.06:05)

February 12 (Sunday) - Connection Fight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela. (ET 122 Dep.07:45 Arr.09:45)


- 06:05 Landing in Addis Ababa and Connecting straight to Lalibela
- 09:45 Land in Lalibela
- Breakfast Boxes from Israel
- Drive to the hotel.
- Luggage will be transported to the Hotel Separately.
- Check in, short lecture and program opening (possible topic- ‘getting our bearings’
Ethiopian Solomonic Dynasty from Queen Sheba to Hile Selassie,1974)
- Buffet vegetarian Lunch at the Hotel.
- Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.
- Short stop at Ben Abeba restaurant for sunset view.
- Drive back to the hotel.
- 19:30 – Dinner at the hotel.
- 20:30 – Group meeting and a short introduction to the days ahead

February 13 (Monday) - Fly from Lalibela to Gondar (ET-123 Dep.13:20 Arr.13:50 PM) and visit the Jewish community Center in Gondar.


- Breakfast
- Introduction to the day by one of the educators
- Leave your luggage outside for collection or bring it to the front desk.
- Depart the hotel and countryside house visit.
- 11:30 Arrival at Lalibela airport
- Luggage will be transported from Gondar airport to the Hotel Separately.
- Lunch
- 15:40 – 18:00 Visit the Jewish community Center in Gondar- Meet members of the community. Participate in the evening prayer with the community that starts around 17:00 PM.
- A visit to residents homes (if possible)
- Depart at 19:45 PM for Dinner -Four Sisters restaurant.
- First formal introduction to culture and history of community at restaurant.
- Briefing to prepare for next day

February 14 (Tuesday) - Excursion to Ambober village and city tour of Gondar.


- 06:30 -Breakfast
- 07:30 - Depart to Ambober in jeeps (with security).
- Visit the Ambober school, the synagogue and Hike to Sigd Mountain.
- Lunch at Lammergeyer Hotel.
- Visit Fasil castle and Debre Birhan Selassie church. This church is famous for its decorated ceiling with the Gonderian style painting of angel faces that are distinct to this era.
- Dinner at the Hotel with music and hear personal stories from Ethiopians who made the journey including some of the challenges of their Alyiah.
- Briefing to prepare for next day

February 15 (Wednesday) - Excursion to Kosoye, Woleka, community House visit and afternoon flight to Addis Ababa.


- 07:00 - Breakfast
- Departure for Kosoye on buses.
- Depart for the walk in the memory of their journey & following in their footsteps
- Overview and a personal narrative with the story of the journey to through Sudan
- Stop at Woleka to visit a synagogue and for a memorial prayer at the cemetery of Woleka.
- Lunch and learn about some of the current health and educational challenges in community still in Ethiopia
- Home visits to the Jewish community near the center.
- Drive to the airport
- Fly from Gondar to Addis Ababa ET 169 Dep.17:10 Arr.18:20
- Arrival in Addis Ababa airport, Meet our buses and drive to hotel.
- Dinner and Meeting with Ambassador of Israel to Ethiopia
- Hear from younger Ethiopian Israelis on trip. What are their concerns?

February 16 (Thursday) - City tour of Addis Ababa, Jewish community in Addis Ababa, Embassy, Mercato and souvenir shopping and flight back Home.


- 07:00 Breakfast
- Leave your luggage outside for collection or bring it to front desk
- Visit the Jewish community in Addis Ababa including cemetery
- 10:00- 12:00 Visit the Embassy.
- Vegetarian lunch.
- Free time at the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa.
- During the day drive through the main attraction sites of Addis Ababa Africa union Hall, the Palaces and Parliament Building, Addis Ababa university located at Arat kilo district.
- Possible visit to the National Museum which houses some of Ethiopia’s Historic treasures, oldest hominid ever discovered: Lucy or Dinknesh.
- Farewell dinner 19:00- 21:30
- Departure to the airport at 21:30 and leave for Israel with Olim (to be confirmed)
- ET- 404 Dep.23:55 Arr.04:00

Other Resources

1st night of our joint Conference which featured a couple of live testimonials

Webinar: Leaders, Teachers and Sacred Texts: Ethiopian Jewry Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Recent Historical Facts

1975 – The Israeli government confirms that the “Law of Return” applies to Ethiopian Jews.

1979-1990 – A Mossad agent organizes the first journey of 32 Ethiopian Jews to Israel through Sudan. Their letters home inspire many Ethiopians to attempt the journey through Sudan on foot. The journey is filled with dangers, and during the 1980’s thousands of Ethiopians die en route to Israel.

1984-1985 – Operation Moses: Approximately 7,000 Ethiopian Jews arrive in Israel on 23 secret flights flying through Europe. Following a leak to the press about the operation, the Arab world is outraged and the operation is stopped. Numerous Ethiopians are separated from family members left behind in Ethiopia.

1985-1990 – The flow of Ethiopian Jews coming to Israel through Sudan is renewed. Through rescue missions by the Mossad, 1500 immigrants arrive to Israel. During a time span of 10 years, the Mossad helps close to 16,000 Ethiopian Jews through Sudan, not including those who came with Operation Solomon.

1989 – Renewal of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Israel: an Israeli embassy opens in Addis Ababa and Ethiopian Jews start arriving to Addis Ababa from surrounding villages.

1991 – Operation Solomon, May 25-26th, 1991: Within 36 hours, an unprecedented aliyah operation takes place and 14,310 members of “Beta Israel” are brought to Israel by air from Addis Ababa. During 1990-1993 over 30,000 Ethiopian Jews arrive in Israel.

2021 – Israel estimates that approximately 145,000 Ethiopian Jews are living in the State of Israel. The aliyah from Ethiopia continues today.

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