A conference at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem Wednesday was dedicated to a call for bringing 8,000 members of the Falash Mura group from Ethiopia to Israel. The Falash Mura are Ethiopian Christians of Jewish descent.
Rabbi Menachem Waldman, an expert on the Ethiopian community, told Arutz 7 that the Falash Mura are "Jews by any definition." They were checked "mother after mother," he said. "There was a phenomenon of conversion to Christianity there but now they have returned to Judaism and live as Jews."
Rabbi Waldman said that both Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar support bringing the Falash Mura to Israel, after examining the subject.