10 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism in Africa

Written by Keren Mikva

Israel recongnized the Beta Israel Ethiopians as Jews 

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin opened immigration to the Beta Israel people of Ethiopia after 1975, and significant immigration occurred in the 20th century. The Israeli Sephardi chief rabbi had ruled that the Beta Israel were descendants of the 10 Lost Tribes, leading Israel to open its borders to them. Many were airlifted to Israel.