Rescuing the Wandering Jew

This episode discusses the “ingathering of exiles” or “kibbutz galuyot.” Israel has brought Jews from around the world to their homeland since its inception. One of Ben-Gurion’s great visions, a state that welcomes any and all Jews, the Israeli government paid more than lip service about these ideals and absorbed immigrants from across the world. From Operation Magic Carpet for Yemenite Jews in the 1950’s, to Operations Moses and Solomon for Ethiopian Jews in the 80’s and 90’s, Israel has rescued hundreds of thousands of Jews facing persecution. In this video and educator’s guide, students will reflect upon Israel’s relationship with World Jewry. What does it mean to be a Jew in the eyes of the Israeli State? How far will Israel go to take responsibility for Jews worldwide? Ultimately, what is a home?

Watch this video and use these prompts to ask big questions and think independently and with others to offer answers that feel right to you.

Executive Producers:
Shevi Peters
Adam Milstein

This series would not be possible without the generous support of:
The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation

  1. What are the names of the operations discussed in this episode?
  2. What is the name of the group of Jews from North Africa and the Middle East?
  3. Where did most Jews come from in Operation Magic Carpet?
    • USSR
    • Ethiopia
    • Iraq
    • Yemen
  4. Which Jewish holidays did the Ethiopian community not celebrate?
    • Hanukkah and Purim
    • Sigd
    • Passover and Sukkot
    • Shavuot and Rosh Hashana