Yerusalem: The Incredible Story of Ethiopian Jewry
Dir. Levi Zini | 90 min
Documentary, Virtual Screening
EnglishHebrewAmharic with English subtitles
A new feature documentary (based on the Israeli documentary series) brings to life the story of the long and tumultuous journey of the Jewish Ethiopian community as they find their way back to the heart of the Jewish people—Jerusalem.
Yerusalem is the story of an isolated Jewish tribe who kept its faith for thousands of years even when they lived in a hostile environment. This is the story of ancient Jewish traditions, of heroic actions, and of daring covert operations. But mainly, this is the story of a powerful religious yearning passed down for countless generations.
The documentary weaves together the tales of the first and second generation of immigrants, rabbinical cases, Aliyah activists, Mossad personnel, ship commanders and pilots, government administrators and others who risked their lives to bring Ethiopian Jews to their ancestral land—where, once finally arrived, they were required to prove their Jewishness and fight for teir place in Israeli society.