List of Israeli Ethiopian Jews
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This is a list of notable Israeli Ethiopian Jews, including both original immigrants who obtained Israeli citizenship and their Israeli descendants.
Although traditionally the term "Ethiopian Jews" was used as an all encompassing term referring to the Jews descended from the Jewish communities of Ethiopia, due to the melting pot affect of the Israeli society, the term "Ethiopian Jews" gradually becomes more vague as many of the Israeli descendants of the Beta Israel immigrants gradually adopt the characteristics of the Israeli culture and as more descendents intermarry with descendants of other Jewish communities.
The list is ordered by category of human endeavor. Persons with significant contributions in two fields are listed in both of the pertinent categories, to facilitate easy lookup.
- Liqa Kahenat Berhan Baruch (Abba Uri; 1910–1984) - the main leader of Beta Israel from the Italian occupation until his death.
- Liqa Kahenat Raphael Hadane (born 12 August 1923) - the priest of the Jews in Dembiya.
- Liqa Kahenat Isaac Yaso (1892-1997) - the priest of the Jews in Tigray.
- Liqa Kahenat Menashe Zemro (1905–1998) - the priest of the Jews in Wegera.
- Rabbi Yosef Hadane - the Ethiopian Chief Rabbi.
- Rabbi Sharon Shalom - a lecturer in Jewish ritual and tradition at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Is the rabbi of Ashkenazi synagogue in the town of Kiryat Gat.
- Rabbi Yefet Alemu (b. 1961) - In 1980, he left his small village in Ethiopia to go to Israel. He was arrested in Addis Ababa and escaped from prison. He arrived in the Gondar region and then set out walking to Sudan. There he met a Jewish Red Cross director who arranged for him to fly on one of the Israeli-organized secret flights to Israel. In Israel he studied and became a nurse. He was accepted by the Schechter Institute and after 6 years of hard work, he received a BA, MA, and his rabbinical ordination.
- Shai Biruk (born 15 February 1984) - soccer player.
- Ziv Caveda (born 10 December 1978) - soccer player.
- The brothers Baruch (born 26 March 1981) and Messay Dego (born 15 February 1986) - both are Israeli soccer players.
- Amiya Taga (born 1 February 1985) - soccer player.
- Yehiel Tzagai (born 27 January 1983) - soccer player.
- Kfir Zokol (born 31 July 1982) - soccer player.
- Seteng Ayele (born 11 April 1955) - marathon runner.
- Asaf Bimro (born 1 January 1969) - marathon runner.
- Ageze Guadie (born 1989) - Olympic marathon runner
- Asher Iyasu - golfer.
- Zohar Zemiro (born 1977) - Olympic marathon runner
- Wodage Zvadya - (born 7 September 1973) - marathon runner.
- Adisu Massala (born 16 June 1961) – former Israeli politician of the Labour party and later One Nation. Massala was the first Ethiopian-Israeli to serve in the Knesset.
- Shlomo Molla (born 21 November 1965) – an Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for the Kadima party.
- Rabbi Mazor Bahaina (born 12 September 1973) – from Beersheba, studied at Yeshivat Porat Yosef, one of the most prestigious Sephardi yeshivot in Israel. Bahaina is a member of the Shas party and a former knesset member.
- Aleli Admasu (born 1963) - an Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for the Likud party.
- Pnina Tamano-Shata (born 1977) - a lawyer, Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for the Yesh Atid. former journalist in Channel 1 and the first Ethiopian-Israeli presenter.
- Shimon Solomon (born 1968) - an Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid
- Avraham Neguise - one of Israel's most prominent Ethiopian Activists and a member of the South Wing to Zion. His struggle, with the support of many other Ethiopian-Israelis has resulted in the Israeli government continuing to bring the last 23,000 Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia; though the Israeli government has set a quota of 300 Jews per month, half of what they agreed to under pressure from Negussie, NACOEJ and the United Jewish Communities. He is a member of the Knesset for the Likud party.
- Taamrat Emmanuel (1888–1963) - intellectual.
- Yona Bogale (1908–1987) - an educator and Aliyah activist.
- Fareda Aklum (1949–2009) - an Aliyah activist.
- Baruch Tegegne (1944–2010)- a prodigy of Bogale, was a leader in protests on behalf of Ethiopian Jewry in the 1980s and 1990s.
- Gadi Yavarkan - an activist, publicist and political figure in the Likud party.
- Daniel Uria - a political figure in the Kadima party and activist.
- Tsega Melaku -politician, author, journalist, community activist and former director of Kol Yisrael's Reshet Alef ("Network A")
- Issachar Makonnen - became the first Ethiopian-Israeli officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Hebrew: סגן-אלוף).
- Tzion Shenkor - Ethiopian-Israeli officer in the Israel Defense Forces in 2009 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Hebrew: סגן-אלוף) and became the first IDF battalion commander of Ethiopian descent.
- Avraham Yitzhak - the first Israeli-Ethiopian physician and a Major (Hebrew: רב סרן) in the IDF.
- Hadas Malada-Mitzri - First Lieutenant (Hebrew: סגן) in the IDF. The first woman from the Ethiopian community to serve as a physician.
- Meskie Shibru-Sivan (born 29 September 1967) - an Israeli actress and vocalist, well known in Israel and beyond for acting on theater stages, in television programs, movies as well as being an accomplished singer.
- Tehila Yeshayahu-Adgeh - a theatre actress and playwright.
- Shmuel Beru (born 15 October 1975) - Israeli actor, comedian and film director.
- Shai Fredo (22 July 1975) - Israeli actor.
- Yossi Wasa - Israeli actor, comedian and playwright.
- Ester Rada (born 1985) - Israeli actress and singer.
- Sirak M. Sabahat (born 5 December 1981) - actor.
- Tomer A. Benadam - comedian, satirist and entertainer.
- Abatte Barihun (born 1967) - an Israeli jazz saxophonist and composer.
- Cabra Casay (born 3 August 1982) - Israeli singer.
- Hannah Aharoni (born 1930) - Israeli-American singer.
- Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou (born 12 December 1923) Ethiopian-Israeli nun and pianist (Christian).
- The sisters Ayala (born 21 August 1978) and Malka Ingedashet (born 1984) - both are Israeli singers.
- Hagit Yaso (born 1990) Israeli singer, winner of Kochav Nolad 9
- Teddy Aklilu (1977–2005) - an Israeli Amharic language singer.
- Jeremy Cool Habash - Rapper
- Omri Teg'Amlak Avera (born 1977) - Israeli Writer. Named "the first Ethiopian Writer" for his book "אסתרי" ("Asterai").
- Shai Amit - Author.
- Abraham Adgeh - Israeli Writer. His books "המסע אל החלום" ("The journey to the dream"), "עם הפנים קדימה" ("Facing forward") and the futuring novel "אלמז" ("Almaz" - Amharic for "Diamond").
- Asefu Baro - Israeli female writer, poet and academic.
- Tsega Melaku -politician, author, journalist, community activist and former director of Kol Yisrael's Reshet Alef ("Network A")
- Tsega Melaku - a radio personality, Amharic language newscaster on Channel 33 and the director of Reshet Aleph radio station.
- Fasil legesse - one of the founders of the Amharic-language broadcast at Israel Radio and the director of Israeli-Ethiopian television channel (IETV).
- Berhanu Tegegne - a news reporter in israeli News Company.
- Ayanawo Fareda Senbatu - a journalist in Channel 1.
- Abraham Yerday - activist and Tigrinya language newscaster in Rekha radio.
- Rahamim Elazar - activist and Amharic language newscaster in Rekha radio.
- Danny Adino Ababa (born 1976) - an Israeli journalist and publicist.
- Germaw Mengistu - a journalist and the editor of Yedioth Nagt newspaper.
- Esti Mamo (born 29 January 1983) - an Israeli model. She is one of the first Ethiopian-Israelis to make it into the entertainment industry and is a budding actress
- Mazal Pikado - Ethiopian-Israeli model and singer.
- Israela Abtau - Ethiopian-Israeli model, Elite Model Look Israel 2003.
- Shani Mashsha - Ethiopian-Israeli model.
- Esti Elias - Ethiopian-Israeli model.
- Mimi Taddesse - Ethiopian-Israeli model (Israel's Next Top Model).
- Fanta Prada - Ethiopian-Israeli model.
- Yityish Titi Aynaw - Miss Israel 2013
- Tahounia Rubel - Ethiopian-Israeli model. She became widely known as the first Ethiopian-born to win the fifth series of HaAh HaGadol (the Israeli version of Big Brother) and the first Ethiopian-born Jew to win a beauty pageant in Israel.
- Avi Yitzhak - fashion designer.
- David Mihret - Director of the Steering Center For Ethiopian Immigrants in the Education System.
- Pnina Gaday-Agenyahu - director of Hillel Foundation, Tel Aviv University
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- Ira Kerem, "DC Community Brings Pesach Seder to 900 Ethiopian Residents of Beit Shemesh," The Jewish Agency for Israel, June 2002
- אללי אדמסו (5 February 2013). "חה"כ אללי אדמסו". Knesset.gov.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
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- Shalva Weil, "Beta Israel Students Who Studied Abroad 1905-1935" in Svein Ege, Harald Aspen, Birhanu Teferra and Shiferaw Bekele (Editors) Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 2009, ISBN ,p. 209-217
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- "ביתא ישראל - טור אישי - ברוך טגניה נפטר (מערכת "ביתא ישראל")". Beteisrael.co.il. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
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- Ethiopian-born Tsega Melaku joins Kahlon’s party Times of Israel 12 Jan 2015
- Spira, Yechiel (2009-03-27). "Israel's first Ethiopian battalion commander". Ethiopian Review. Archived from the original on 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Fendel, Hillel (2009-04-05). "IDF Promotes its First Ethiopian Regiment Commander". Israel National News. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Israel’s First Ethiopian Jewish Doctor, jewish virtual library
- First Lt. Hadas Malada-Mitzri, a graduate of the Atidim project, supported by KH, becomes the first woman from the Ethiopian community to serve as a doctor.
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- Nadav Haber, Teddy Aklilu passed away, Kedma, 12 December 2005 (Hebrew)
- Omri Teg`Amlak Avera
הבשורה על פי אומרי
- "אגודה ישראלית למען יהודי אתיופיה - אברהם אדגה". Iaej.co.il. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
- "אגודה ישראלית למען יהודי אתיופיה - יצירות ספרותיות שנכתבו על-ידי סופרים מבני העדה האתיופית". Iaej.co.il. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
- "רשות השידור מינתה מנהלים ל-6 תחנות הרדיו של קול ישראל - גלובס". Globes.co.il. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
- Remaking Amharic journalism
- ברהנו טגניה, כתב חדשות 2 | mako חדשות 2
- מקומי - ראשון לציון nrg - ...העיתונאי איינאו פרדה סנבטו:
- ביתא ישראל - חברה ותרבות יהודי אתיופיה
- Israel's Foreign Affairs Ministry Names First Ethiopian Jewish Ambassador
- אגודה ישראלית למען יהודי אתיופיה - באופן אישי - שיחה עם דני אדינו אבבה
- "ynet דני אדינו אבבה: הפכנו לחברה של בכיינים - קהילות". Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- ביתא ישראל - תרבות - חלום בדמי כבוד (גרמאו מנגיסטו)
- החוג לתקשורת, הפקולטה למדעי החברה, אוניברסיטת חיפה
- ביתא ישראל - רכילות - הכירו את מזל פיקדו (כוכב נולד (אתר Mako))
- "ynet למי שייכת ישראלה אבתאו? - תרבות ובידור". Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "ynet שני מששה - תרבות ובידור". Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "ynet אסתי, הדור הבא - תרבות ובידור". Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "ynet תכשיט - תרבות ובידור". Ynet.co.il. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- פנטה פראדה - וואלה! סלבס
- Shalev, Chemi (13 June 2013). "Israel's Ethiopian beauty queen wows a stylish New York audience". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
- Izikovich, Gili (2013-08-28). "Ethiopian-born contestant wins Israel's 'Big Brother'". Haaretz. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Israel's First Ethiopian Fashion Designer
- מרכז ההיגוי של יוצאי אתיופיה
- Memo to U.S. Jews: Ethiopians are part of Jewish heritage, too