They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

April 16, 2015 8:17 PM

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They Speak Hebrew And Keep Kosher: The Left-Behind Ethiopian Jews

Jewish worshipers gather at a makeshift synagogue established by the Jewish Agency for Israel for Ethiopian Jews in Gondar, Ethiopia, on Nov. 19, 2012.

In the half darkness of an adobe hut in Gondar, Ethiopia, 20-year-old Gezahegn ("Gezi") Derebe pulls out an acoustic guitar. As on many evenings when the power goes out, he entertains his family by singing. Though his mother, Ayelesh, sways to the tune, she doesn't understand the lyrics, because Gez...

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