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What's a Hamantashcen? Sunday, March 9 -- 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. RSVP: 407-644-7593 Grandparents Connect- a project of Jewish Family Services HANDI-MAN & PAINTER HE. RITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2003 Aliyah headed by Yishai, is filled with those staunchly op- posed to the Falash Mura's mass emigration, he said. EversinceYosefissuedtheShas also charges that " .ruling, Shas has been lobby- "there is certainly a racist lng for a government deci- motivation" among those sion on the fate of the Falash opposing the emigration, he Mura. said. "At least that is how Yishai had sought a deci- the Ethiopian community sion before the nation's Jan. feels." Massala echoed the 28 elections, sentiment. But Attorney General If 23,000 French, Ameri- Eliyakim Rubinstein, con- can and British people were cerned that a decision could waiting to immigrate, he Constitute a form of politi- asked, "Do you even think ~al. propaganda, ordered we would be having this de- tsnai to postpone the issue bate? No, but since we are Several times in recenttalking about black Ethio- months. pian Jews, the situation is Sudri, the Shas spokes-different." Edelstein dis- man, contends that despite misses the claims of racism pronouncements by the Jew- as preposterous. ~hAgency for Israel and the "There needs to be some- osorption Ministry to the thing that ties the Falash contrary, "the Falash Mura Mura to the Jewish people," are Jewish." "They led he said. d ublelives"aftertheircon "If a line is not drawn, Version to Christianity, "but there will always be Ethio- !heyremainedJewishon the pians desiring to leave the reside," he said. terrible conditions of Ethio- Shas is concerned that the pia for life in Israel," he said. ministerial committee ap- Mike Rosenberg, director P intedtofindawaytobring general of the Jewish the immigrants, though Agency'sAliyahandAbsorp- Continued from page 2 tion Department, described the wretched conditions in which the Falash Mura live. "They are in worse condi- tion since they left the rural areas," where they lived as subsistence farmers before coming to Addis and Gondar. "In the cities, they live in mud huts with up to 15 people packed into each room. There they suffer mal- nutrition and disease." Some Israeli officials say Yishai's call for the immediate emi- gration of the Falash Mura is Unrealistic. They say it runs up against two formidable obstacles - budgetary constraints and tacit agreements between Is- rael and Ethiopia that there would be no more massive airlifts such as those of Op- eration Solomon in 1991, when 14,400 Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel dur- ing a 24-hour period. In its contacts with Israeli officials, the Ethiopian gov- ernment has indicated that it will only allow the Falash Mura to emigrate if they are brought over "quietly." Since 1998, the Jewish JFS - Continued from page 3 pediatric emergency, radiol- ogy and outpatient services departments. Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Inc. - To help teach the Free Enterprise SYstem to elementary, middle and high school stu- dents in Central Florida. Harbor House - Contin- ~led funding to help supp.ort ue Safety and Justice tPi~ject, which provides vic- ,ms fdomestic violence im- .mediate access to counsel- mg and follow-up support services. fuShepherd's Hope, Inc. - To nd the Chronic Care Pro- gram, which will support and Operate a medical education clinic staffed by volunteers to-Oneand Small GroupTu- who will provide education, toring Program for one year. counseling and support ser- Seniors First, Inc. - To pur- vices to low-income, unin- chase a new extended cargo sured individuals with van for their H.E.A.R.T. De- chronic illnesses, partment, a program provid- The Mustard Seed of Cen- ing home repair services to tral Florida - Funding the low-incomeseniors toenable enhancement of their ware- themtoremainintheirhomes. house to accommodate a Orlando Ballet- Financial mezzanine to expand stor- assistance to create a pro- age space, duction of Sparticus to pre- The Center for Drug-Free miere at the Bob Carr Audi- Living - To assist with the torium. enhancement and expansion The Dr. P. Phillips Foun- of Adventure Therapy within dation and Dr. Phillips, Inc. the Clarcona Point Adoles- continue to have a positive cent Residential Program. impact on the quality of life Adult Literacy League, for all members of the Cen- Inc. - To fund complete lit- tral Florida community and eracy services for 60 basic directly touch the lives of literacy and English lan- tensofthousandsofchildren guage learners in the One- and families each year. Partners Drs. help Magen David Adom b .Partners Drs. Alexander Jungreis and Jeffery Zipper of Florida Pain and Reha- Ilitation Institute of Orlando are pictured on front of a Magen David Adorn (MDA) lsrael Ambulance at a recent dinner party benefiting MDA. MDA.often referred to as Israel's Red Cross Society--is the State of Israel's emergency medical~disaster~ ambulance nd Zt er were resented with E /blood network. At event, Jungreis a ipp p " aacov Heller's "Jerusalem Wall" sculpture in recognition of their exemplary COmmitment to life;" by ARMDI (American Red Magen David for Israel), the U.S. support arm of Magen David Adorn. PAGE 15 Agency has treaded lightly in order to soothe the skit- tish Ethiopian government. Weekly flights from Addis Ababa have brought a steady flow of between 50 and 100 immigrants per week. Sunday's Cabinet "deci- sion will definitely cause damage in terms of our rela- tions with Ethiopia. We must not start airlifts," Edelstein said. Meanwhile, there are al- ready concerns within Israel's Ethiopian commu- nity that the government will fail to enact Sunday's decision. "The government must act. People are starving there. They are abused by the Christian majority, treated as traitors," Massala said. "If the government fails to back words with deeds, it could be a historic mistake." 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