Summer 2021 Update and Aid Campaign

Dear anJie Supporters, Friends, and Community:  In past summers, a small, private organization — Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry (SSEJ) (with financial assistance from North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ)) – sponsored modest “summer camps” for the impoverished Jewish communities of Ethiopia.   As you might imagine, “summer camps” in Gondar and (only if sufficient funds are available, also in Addis Ababa) have been extremely basic and nothing like what American Jewish children experience.  Still, the Jewish programming, food, games, and participation by Israeli volunteers have been the annual highlight for 1,700 children. The “camps” are essential for the morale of the communities.   This year, unfortunately, due…

Ethiopia Update Presentation – Saturday, May 1, 8pm (PDT)

Please join the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County this Saturday night May 1st at 8pm for a special presentation on the current circumstances facing the Jewish communities in Ethiopia.  Rabbi Dr. Art Levine, Founder of Aiding Needy Jews in Ethiopia (anJieonline.org) will present his 2017 film (25-minutes) The Hungry Jews of Ethiopia.  Then, Joe Feit, Founder of Struggle to Save Ethiopian Jewry (SSEJ.org) will discuss the current situation and host a question-and-answer session.   Havdalah will follow.   The presentation will be recorded and available for later viewing.  To join the program at or after 8pm: click here. Shabbat Shalom!

Passover 2021 Food Drive Update

Dear Supporters, Friends, and Community: With your help, anJie achieved our goal of raising $20,000 for Passover food for the impoverished Jewish communities of Ethiopia!  We raised $20,336!  On behalf of the communities, Thank you! Here are several photos we would like to share with you: With gratitude, anJie committee

Almost there…

Shalom, friends. As I write this, anJie has raised $18,380 to help provide Passover supplies to the Jewish communities in Ethiopia.  Won’t you please help us to reach our $20,000 fund-raising goal?  If we can exceed it, so much the better for the 12,000 Jews who need our compassionate help.   As you enjoy Pesach with loved ones and friends, it will feel good to know that you have reached out to your fellow Jews.  They will know that they are not alone. We at anJie wish you and your families חג פסח כשר ושמח!  — a kosher and happy Passover! Rabbi Art Levine,…

Do a Matzah-Mitzvah! “Invite” hungry Jews in Ethiopia to your Seder table by donating to anJie’s 2021 Passover Food Drive!

PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN anJie’s 2021 PASSOVER FOOD FUND-RAISING EFFORT! Our Passover Haggadah includes an invitation to “all who are hungry:” Come, eat, and celebrate the Passover Seder with us. This year, we must confine our gathering to immediate family or electronic groupings. Next year may we all be free to join with family and friends with no concern for our safety. While we cannot bring the hungry to our tables in person, we can invite them to celebrate the Passover with us in spirit. We have an opportunity to help some of the 12,000 Jews living in abject poverty in…

Happy Hanukkah!

Chag Urim Sameach from all of us at anJie!  As this Hannukah concludes, our Jewish brethren in Ethiopia continue their struggles with hunger, sickness, poverty, and threats of regional war.  Although the Israeli government is very slowly bringing small numbers on Aliyah, thousands remain in dire need.  May we enlighten their lives with hope and the knowledge that they are not alone.  Please donate to our partners SSEJ and/or NACOEJ today (and consider a monthly donation).   

A Round Up of News of the Ethiopian Civil War and its Effect on Ethiopia’s Jews

Note: the Jewish communities of Ethiopia are centered in Gondar (about 10,000) and in Addis Ababa (about 4000). Gondar (indicated by the red arrow) is in Amhara Region bordered by the rebelling Tigray region to the north and by Sudan to the west. The situation is becoming increasingly desperate for Ethiopian Jews, particularly in Gondar. Please donate today through our links to NACOEJ or SSEJ. November 17, 2020: The NY Times reports that support teams appealed to the Ethiopian authorities to safe entry for them to the Tigray area to allow them to replenish dwindling provisions for individuals stranded by…

Do American Jewish Organizations Care About Black Jews?

This June13, 2020 article in the Jerusalem Post written by SSEJ’s Joe Feit has a very clear discussion of the failure of the American Jewish community to assist the Beta Israel community of Jews in Ethiopia. It discusses the dire circumstances of the Jews still left in Ethiopia, and raises the possibility that a subtle form of racism plays a role in the American response to this situation. The author contrasts the response of the American Jewish community to the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd and the corona virus crises with the almost complete lack of response to the plight of the…