Ben Ammi and me

December 29, 2014AHIJ, blog, In Memoriam

By now, the news has traveled around the world that Ben Ammi Ben Israel, the spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, passed away on Saturday at the age of 75. I wrote an obituary for Haaretz but want to share a few personal recollections of him here. When I first arrived in Dimona to begin researching the community in the […]

“The Black Jews have come home”: Letters from the Israel state archives

December 26, 2014AHIJ, blog

The Israeli-Canadian journalist and anti-racism activist David Sheen has posted on his website a number of letters that he found among the files on the African Hebrew Israelites at the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem. Addressed to then-Prime Minister Golda Meir, the letters were written in late 1971 and early 1972 by American Jews in response […]