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January 18, 2012

Israel's rabbinate has taken the decision to phase out the traditional white-turbaned clergy of the Ethiopian Jews, known as the kessoch—whose "unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism."

An Associated Press report in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz Jan.

June 25, 2011

Ethiopians in Israel feel that they are marginalized and oppressed by racism. For years, they have been voicing themselves against rampant stereotyping, racial profiling and full-on bigotry.

When I first lived in Israel in 2002-03, I attended an Orthodox women’s Talmudic Yeshiva. This yeshiva was renowned for its seriousness of learning Jewish religious texts and allowing women to learn just like the men do. It was also known for its Ethiopian immigrants learning program.