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Ethiopian Jews

Ethiopian children, whose roots trace back to Judaism, look out of a window at Beta Israel school while awaiting immigration to Israel, in Gondar March 8, 2007. More than 5000 Ethiopians are waiting to migrate to Israel to reunite with their families, according to Israel's Jewish Agency. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (ETHIOPIA)

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.