Today, members of the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA) spent their second day in Israel with The Fellowship. The day began at a breakfast with Micha Feldman, an extraordinary man who was one of the chief architects of “Operation Solomon,” a covert operation that brought more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in one weekend in 1991. The group was mesmerized as Micha spoke about this history-making operation.
The group then visited the Fellowship House Ethiopian Spiritual Center in Netanya, where a member of the Ethiopian community spoke about the importance of the House, and The Fellowship’s efforts in bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel and supporting them once they arrive.
Yael Eckstein, The Fellowship’s senior vice president, joined the group in the ancient city of Caesarea, after which the group traveled to Akko, where they visited a museum in a former prison used by the British to house Jewish prisoners fighting for independence just prior to the founding of the modern state of Israel.
The day ended with a visit to the Gal Pre-Army Leadership program in Akko. The Fellowship provides scholarships to 42 of the students in the program. A former graduate and three members of the Ethiopian community who are participating in the program told their stories and how the program is helping them prepare for meaningful service in the Israel Defense Forces.
It was a long day, but a full and rewarding one, and participants can’t wait to see what surprises and blessings Israel holds for them tomorrow.