Join us in a special trip to Northern Ethiopia visiting its famouns historical sites, areas of extraordinary beauty and meeting its people.  We will spend time with the Jewish communities in Addis and Gondar and see all the wonderful projects that Meketa is supporting.  

 

Itinerary (INDICATIVE ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

  • Monday, 13th November - Fly overnight from London to Addis.

  • Tuesday, 14th November - A day in Addis.  We will visit the synagogue of the Beta Israel Ethiopian Jewish community, and that of the 'secret Jews' of Shewa, visit the churches of St George and Holy Trinity, the National Museum and view Addis from the heights of Entoto Hill.  Sleep at Sheba Guesthouse (Addis).

  • Wednesday, 15th November - Fly to Axum.  Visit the mysterious monolithic stelae and their underground tombs, the city museum, the tomb of Remhai and the legendary palace of the Queen of Sheba.  Sleep at Remhai Hotel (Axum).

  • Thursday, 16th November - Fly to Lalibela.  Visit the extraordinary mediaeval rock churches, considered to b among the wonders of the world.  Sleep at Aman Hotel (Lalibela).

  • Friday, 17th November - Drive to the monastery of Yimrehane Kirstos, about 45 kilometers away, another stunning rock hewn structure.  Sleep at Aman Hotel (Lalibela).

  • Sunday, 19th November - Fly to Gondar.  Lunch at the Kindu Trust and learn about local charities the Kindu Trust and Link Ethiopia.  Drive to Ambober, formerly a Jewish village, to see the synagogue. Back in Gondar, visit the Kindu/Meketa bakery.  Sleep at Quara Hotel (Gondar).

  • Monday, 20th November - Gondar.  Visit the After School Club for their Kabalat Shabbat celebration, the weaving cooperative and carpentry shop.  Evening service at the Gondar Synagogue followed by dinner at the 'Kosher' restaurant at the Lamergeyer Hotel.  Sleep at the Quara Hotel (Gondar).

  • Tuesday, 21st November - Gondar.  Shabbat morning service at the synagogue, then visit the magnificent Church of Debre Birhan Selassie, the famous Gondar castles and the pool of Fasilides.  Sleep at the Quara Hotel (Gondar). 

  • Wednesday, 22nd November -  Drive to the Simien mountains for a short walking trek.  We will see some inspiring views, and maybe catch a glimpse of notoriously shy ibex, and the famous lammergeyer vulture.  We will walk among the ubiquitous Gelada monkeys.  Return to sleep at the Quara Hotel (Gondar).

  • Thursday, 23rd November - Drive to Bahir Dar.  Deposit bags and move on to Tissisat for a good walk to the Blue Nile falls.  Sleep at Delano Hotel (Bahir Dar).

  • Friday, 24th November - Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to view the islands and visit the monastery of Ura Kidane Nihret and its wonderful frescoes.  Afternoon fly to Addis.  

  • Saturday 25th November - Final dinner in Addis before checking into the airport.   Overnight flight to Heathrow. 

  • Sunday, 26th November - Land at Heathrow in the morning.

Latest News 

Most girls in the Gondar Jewish community tend to stay at home and miss school during some of the days of their monthly cycle.   They could fall behind with their schooling and struggle to keep up with the class. We have linked up with the Days4girls project to provide girls with re-usable feminine hygiene kits. Seven kits were sent in time for International Women's Day.

We started a new club in Shewa Dabo – an area further out in Gondar where many of the Jewish families have moved to because the housing is much cheaper.  Click here to find out more about it 

Our programme, LIFT, gives direct support to elderly and infirm members of the community living in poverty.  Learn more about it here.

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