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The Ethiopian Jewish exodus [electronic resource] : narratives of the migration journey to Israel 1977-1985 /
Gadi BenEzer.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
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xiv, 254 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0415273633 (alk. paper)
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
isbn
0415273633 (alk. paper)
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catalogue key
7909798
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-246) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-09-01:
Thousands of Ethiopian (Beta Israel) Jews arrived in Israel by plane following a perilous journey on foot from their original villages in Gondar to refugee camps in Sudan. This difficult and lengthy journey and waiting period forms the subject of this excellent book. BenEzer, a psychologist and psychotherapist who worked with Ethiopian Jews and has published widely in Hebrew on their immigration and absorption, argues that the journey from Ethiopia to Israel, analogized to the biblical story of the Exodus, plays a central role in the lives of those who experienced it and in community life as a whole. Extensive interviews highlight the central themes of journey narratives--identity, suffering, bravery, and inner strength--and BenEzer properly contextualizes these within Beta Israel society. Using the literature on trauma, he also explores the psychological impact of the journey and shows how misunderstandings in Israel, where the ardors of the journey went unappreciated, affected immigrant absorption. The focus on journey narratives is an important methodological contribution, allowing readers to hear the voices of the Ethiopian Jews themselves. While geared to specialists, this book may be read with profit by anyone interested in the phenomenon of immigration and in the Beta Israel experience. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Sarna Brandeis University
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Between 1977 and 1985, some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews left their homes in Ethiopia and - motivated by an ancient dream of returning to the land of their ancestors, 'Yerussalem' - embarked on a secret and highly traumatic exodus to Israel. Due to various political circumstances they had to leave their homes in haste, go a long way on foot through unknown country, and stay for a period of one or two years in refugee camps, until they were brought to Israel. The difficult conditions of the journey included racial tensions, attacks by bandits, night travel over mountains, incarceration, illness and death. A fifth of the group did not survive the journey.This interdisciplinary, ground-breaking book focuses on the experience of this journey, its meaning for the people who made it, and its relation to the initial encounter with Israeli society. The author argues that powerful processes occur on such journeys that affect the individual and community in life-changing ways, including their initial encounter with and adaptation to their new society. Analysing the psychosocial impact of the journey, he examines the relations between coping and meaning, trauma and culture, and discusses personal development and growth.
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Between 1977 and 1985 Jewish immigrants arrived in Israel after an illegal, secret and traumatic exodus from Ethiopia. This book presents new research into this exodus, raising issues from trauma and memory to race and migration.
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Between 1977 and 1985, some 20,000 Ethiopian Jews left their homes in Ethiopia and embarked on a secret and highly traumatic exodus to Israel. Due to various political circumstances they had to leave their homes in haste, go a long way on foot through unknown country, and stay for a period of one or two years in refugee cames, until they were brought to Israel. the difficult conditions of the journey included racial tensions, attacks by banditys, night travel over mountains, incarceration, illness and death. A fifth of the group did not survive the journey. This interdisciplinary, ground-breaking book focuses on the experience this journey, its meaning for the people who made it, and its relation to the initial encounter with Israeli society.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Context of the Journey
Interviewing and Interpreting in Cross Cultural Research
The Theme of Jewish Identity
The Theme of Suffering
The Theme of Bravery and Inner Strength
The Impact of the Journey: Psycho-Social Issues
Ethiopian Jews Encounter Israel
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