The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem (ICEJ), a pro-Israel Christian global ministry, is sponsoring the first wave of new Ethiopian immigrants to Israel supporting the Israeli government’s commitment to renew Ethiopian Jewish aliyah.
Last month, ICEJ gave over $500,000 to Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal to cover airfare for 523 Ethiopian Jews who will arrive in Israel in mid-October in time to celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles.
ICEJ is working to raise funds to cover the first year of renewed Ethiopian immigration which will bring 1,400 new immigrants to Israel.
“Our Christian supporters have always been generous and enthusiastic in giving toward our aliyah projects, especially when they take on such a humanitarian mission as this renewed Ethiopian return,” said Dr. Jürgen Bühler, ICEJ’s executive director. “These are people who are endangered by tribal conflicts and unrest while also suffering through times of severe drought and flooding. But now they will be lifted out of difficult and impoverished conditions, and finally be reunited with their families already in Israel.”
Also, the group will sponsor flights for 104 Jewish immigrants from France and the Ukraine. Since 1989, ICEJ has helped nearly 120,000 Jews from around the world immigrate to Israel.