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Ethiopian Jews

Ethiopian Jewish man uses an umbrella to protect himself from the sun during the prayer of the Sigd holy day on a hill overlooking Jerusalem, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005. The prayer is performed by Ethiopian Jews every year to celebrate their community's connection and commitment to Israel. About 80,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, many of them came in massive Israeli airlifts during times of crisis in Ethiopia in 1984 and 1991. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Ethiopian Jews at odds with Israel

Nearly three decades after Israel began airlifting Ethiopia's ancient Jewish community out of the Horn of Africa, Israel's rabbis are now working to phase out the community's white-turbaned clergy, the kessoch, whose unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism.