Avi Bitew was born in Ethiopia. In the early 1980s, he made a twenty-eight-day journey to Sudan on foot. Bitew eventually made his way to Israel, where he became an employee in the Ministry of Employment.
Scope and Content
Item is an interview with Avi Bitew, a leader in the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. The interview took place in Jerusalem on 1 January 1989 and was conducted by Susan Soberman, a CAEJ volunteer.
In the interview, Bitew discusses perceptions of the Joint Distribution Committee among Ethiopian Jews in Israel. He also discusses the situation of Jews in Ethiopia and the desirability of sending of money to Ethiopia via Israel as opposed to sending it directly to Ethiopia.
Availability of other formats: Also available as WAV file.
Sources of information: The name of the interviewee is stated in the interview. The date, location, and name of the interviewer are taken from writing on the cassette tape. This data was verified using an article that appeared in the March 30 1989 issue of the Canadian Jewish News titled "Remember Jews Left Behind: CAEJ."