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 audio recording of Avi Bitew giving a talk about the situation of Ethiopia's Jews. The talk was probably given at a forum on Ethiopian Jews that was held at the Shaarei Shomayim synagogue in Toronto. The forum was sponsored by the Canadian Association for Ethiopian Jews, Amichai (the Educational Fund for Ethiopian Jewry), and Shaarei Shomayim youth. After Bitew's talk, there is audio of a documentary about Ethiopia's Jews.
Bitew is introduced by Debbie Molot-Toker, executive director of CAEJ.
Availability of other formats: Also available as WAV file.
Sources of information: The date and location of the talk are taken from an article by Ancil Kashetsky that appeared in the 8 June 1989 issue of the Canadian Jewish News titled "Ethiopia's Jews are Seen Facing Slow Extinction."