JCRC has been an outspoken advocate for Ethiopian Jews for over two decades.
Ethiopian Jewry Committee
As part of the CJP Boston-Haifa partnership, JCRC created an Ethiopian Jewry Committee. The committee in Boston is chaired by Peter Barrer. The counterpart committee in Haifa is chaired by Shlomo Berihun and Avital Levin.
Today, JCRC and its Ethiopian Jewry Committee have three main goals:
To oversee and partner with Shiluvim, the six-year, CJP funded project in Haifa to empower the Ethiopian Israeli community in Haifa, close educational gaps, improve employment opportunities, improve accessibility to health care, strengthen the family and community, and enhance integration into the larger society.
Boston-area Community Education and Outreach
To educate the Boston-area community about Ethiopian Jewry history, absorption in Israel, Shiluvim, and ways to become involved
To advocate for Ethiopian Jewry, including the Falash Mura still in Ethiopia
Our activity is grounded in the following principles:
- Promote leadership within the Ethiopian Israeli community and empower Ethiopians in decision-making
- Increase family and community independence and improve education and economic standing
- Enhance integration of Ethiopian community into Israeli society and veteran Israelis into Ethiopian activities