Bring the Amazing Story of the Ethiopian Aliyah to Every Jewish Child

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Why This Book is Important:

The award-winning book “Yerus Goes To Jerusalem” is an inspiring and important story for the entire Jewish people, teaching us the courage and heroism of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters, about the hardships they endured and their ultimate triumph and strength. This book was created to fill a gap of Ethiopian-Israeli heroes in children’s literature and to engender pride and belonging among Ethiopian youth. Sharing the lessons of this important immigrant story is critical to building a more inclusive, democratic Israel.reading

The book is the gripping tale of one family’s struggles on their long, dangerous journey from their village in Ethiopia to Jerusalem. The story is told through the eyes of Yerus, a young girl who, along with her family, braves jungles, rivers, and deserts, coming face to face with armed robbers, Sudanese soldiers, corrupt smugglers, and finally kind Israeli soldiers on their long journey “home”. Emotional and inspirational, it’s a tale for all Jews, of the courageous choice of the Ethiopian community to realize their 2,000 year old dream, and reminding us that we are all one People, strong and determined to survive and flourish together.

Our dream is to share this story with every child and adult in Israel and beyond. Join us in this effort. Together we can translate Yerus Goes To Jerusalem into English and share its message with the world.

HAPINKAS AWARD

About The Book

Written by Bat Ami Melnik and illustrated by Moran Yogev, Yerus Goes To Jerusalem was awarded the coveted HaPinkas Hebrew Children’s Book Prize. In their words, the book captures “a complete culture and way of life…(with) sayings, songs and writing in Amharic…(and bringing) the historical narrative of a group fighting for its place in Israeli society.”

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To write this story, author Melnik condensed real historical events to build a compelling narrative. Efraim Halevy, former Mossad director, who participated in the secret efforts to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel, wrote, “It is clear that attention and time was paid to gathering the (narrative) as well as the operational information. The result is very impressive.” The book has been included on the Israeli Ministry of Education’s list of 25 recommended children’s books.

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Join Dror Israel In Spreading This Important Story of Equality for All People

Dror Israel’s mission is to educate and empower young people and those on the social and geographic periphery to actively contribute to their communities and to create a shared society in Israel. Through our youth movement, after school programs, schools for youth at risk, communities of educators, and public events, we inspire inclusivity, equality, and responsibility for oneself and one’s community. Yerus Goes To Jerusalem is a beautiful tool to teach the values of democracy and equality to young children.

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The Yerus Crowd Funding Campaign is being spearheaded by a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation network and has been awarded a matching grant. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Learn more about the Foundation here.

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Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

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Bring the Amazing Story of the Ethiopian Aliyah to Every Jewish Child

$26,184   raised
GOAL: $25,000

156

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Campaign by
Dror Israel

Dror Israel’s non profit publishing house Dror LaNefesh selects its titles with the goal of expanding the cultural dialoque and presenting voices of the underrepresented communities in Israel. We published this book, the story of the Ethiopian community’s journey to Israel, to enhance feelings of pride and belonging for Ethiopian-Israeli youth and their families, as well as to teach children everywhere the lessons of this important story. Dror Israel works with over 100,000 children and adults from all population groups throughout Israel, through its youth movement, after school programs, schools for youth at risk, communities of educators, and public events, to inspire inclusivity, equality, and responsibility. Dror Israel is committed to building democratic, inclusive communities in Israel’s periphery.

  • Thank you
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    For a donation of $10 or more, you’ll receive a thank you from us for your generous support

  • Digital copy
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    You will receive a PDF copy of the translated book and a certificate of appreciation, both sent by e-mail

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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book with a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations, delivered to you.

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    You will receive a PDF copy of the translated book and an educational activity for children, both sent by e-mail

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    You will receive 3 printed copies of the translated book, with a bookmark for each, illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations, delivered to you.

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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book, a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations, all delivered to you. Additionally you will receive an educational activity for children, sent by e-mail.

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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book, a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. Additionally you will receive an educational activity for children, all delivered to you.

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    You will receive 3 printed copies of the translated book, with a bookmark for each, illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations, as well as an educational activity for children, all delivered to you.

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    You will receive 18 printed copies of the translated book, with a bookmark for each, illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. Additionally, you will receive an educational activity for children, all delivered to you.

  • Limited Offer: 1 book + personalized tablet drawing by Israeli artist Anat Ronen
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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book and a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. Additionally you will be entitled to a tablet drawing by renowned Israeli artist Anat Ronen, who has generously donated her time and creativity to support the translation of Yerus to English. The subject matter of the drawing will be of your choice and all items will be delivered to you. Please copy and paste the address below into your browser to see some of Anat’s beautiful tablet art for inspiration: http://www.anatronen.com/art/tablet.html

  • Limited Offer: 1 book + personalized portrait by Anat Ronen
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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book and a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. Additionally you will be entitled to a 40cm x 40cm portrait by renowned artist Anat Ronen, the subject matter being of your choice. All items will be delivered to you. Please copy and paste the address below into your browser to see some of Anat’s beautiful portraits for inspiration: http://www.anatronen.com/art/doors.html

  • Limited Offer: 1 Book + original print by Moran Yogev
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    You will receive a printed copy of the translated book and a bookmark illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. Additionally you will be entitled to an original print by Moran Yogev. All items will be delivered to you. Please copy and paste the address below into your browser to see some of Moran’s beautiful work in addition to her illustrations for “Yerus Goes to Yerusalem”: https://www.behance.net/moranyo

  • Limited Offer: 20 Books + educational workshop
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    You will receive 20 printed copies of the translated book, with bookmarks for each, illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations. You will also be entitled to an educational workshop facilitated by a Dror Israel member about Ethiopian Jewry for your class/youth group. The books will be brought to you for the workshop.

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    You will receive 18 printed copies of the translated book, with a bookmark for each, illustrated by Moran Yogev to match the book illustrations, delivered to you. Additionally you will be entitled to a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wall mural by renowned artist Anat Ronen, the subject matter being of your choice. Please copy and paste the address below into your browser to see some of Anat’s beautiful murals for inspiration: http://www.anatronen.com/houston-murals/index.html

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