Mideast Israel Ethiopian Jews

January 18, 2012 - 5:20 AM
In this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 photo, Abio, an Ethiopian kess, Amharic for priest, center, blesses a newly-wed couple during a wedding celebration in Ashkelon, southern 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. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)