The IDF commander who became Miss Israel

Ethiopian-born Miss Israel once dreamed of the Jewish state, now advocates for it
by Adam Abrams
November 2, 2017

In Ethiopia, Yityish “Titi” Aynaw and her fellow villagers always dreamed of living in Israel. “From as far back as I can remember, I was always told that I am Jewish and that I must live in Jerusalem,” said the former Miss Israel, who in 2013 became the first Ethiopian to hold the title. “I imagined that Israel would look like how it’s described in the Bible, as the land of milk and honey…like a fairytale.” This week, Aynaw commenced her third Israel advocacy speaking tour on U.S. college campuses, in what she described as an opportunity “to give back” to the country that gave her a new life. READ MORE

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