גאולה is an Ethiopian Jew who lives in Kiryat Gat, Israel. She lived in Northern Ethiopia in a beautiful village with lots of greenery and animals until the start of her journey to Israel at 8 years old. Her family has dreamed of going to Israel for 2500 years. They started traveling, after a week and a half of going 1000 kilometers, her family reached Sudan. Most families going to Israel through Sudan have to wait 2-3 years to get permission to continue. Living there was hard because you had to get used to new conditions, a new language, and new traditions. The most dangerous part of living in Sudan for them is that they had to hide their Judaism. Finally, one Saturday morning when she was 10, a man she didn’t know came into her house with an Ethiopian man. He was in a secret agency. They said, “in a few hours you’re going to leave your house and start making your next journey to get to Israel”. At 11 PM they had to sneak out of their house into a truck meant to hold chickens. Inside the truck was almost 200 other people hiding in the truck, trying to get to Israel. They had to be really quiet for the whole 3 hours of driving, and they finally arrived to the sea. There was an Israeli Navy ship waiting for them, but in the middle of the sea. To reach the ship, they got into rubber boats and started paddling. On another boat, she saw a strange man and asked her mom, “Is he okay? Is he ill?” because he looked different than anyone she’s ever seen before. He was the first white man she ever saw, he was a soldier. With the help of the man, they reached the large ship that was actually an Israeli Navy ship, and he was a soldier. The ship squeezed in 350 families for more than 3 weeks of travel. The ship took them to Egypt. Then from Egypt to Eilat. They were finally in the holy land. They took a flight to Ben Gurion airport, and took a bus to what would later become their home. She attended different schools, learning Hebrew for 2 months, then moved into a local school where she was the only immigrant in her class. Life was hard for them, as they didn’t feel included by everyone in Israel, and were often assumed to be non-Jewish colored people from (continued below) ...
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♦️Most scholars agree that a Jewish community has existed in#Kaifeng since the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127), though some date their arrival to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) or earlier. Kaifeng, then the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, was a cosmopolitan city on a branch of the Silk Road. It is believed that a small community of Jews, most likely from Persia or India, arrived either overland or by a sea route, and settled in the city, building a synagogue in 1163.
♦️The #MountainJews community originated from Ancient Persia, from the 5th century AD onwards, and their language,#Juhuri is an ancient Southwest Iranian language and a Persian dialect which integrates many elements of Ancient Hebrew. It is believed that they had arrived in Persia from Ancient Israel as early as the 8th century BC.
♦️The origins of the #YemeniJews is attested to in a book by the Arab historian Abu-Alfada, which stated that the Jews of Yemen settled in the area in 1451 BC. The Sanaite Jews have a legend that their ancestors settled in Yemen forty-two years before the destruction of the First Temple. It is said that under the prophet Jeremiah some 75,000 Jews, including priests and Levites, traveled to Yemen.
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