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Naftali Aklum

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Naftali Aklum is the director of Educational Programs in the Branco Weiss Institute, responsible for the emotional and social well-being of 150 7th through 12th graders and oversees 15 teachers who provide intensive scholastic assistance to ENP participants. Born in Ethiopia in 1979, his parents were among the first groups to make Aliya to Israel via Sudan in what later became known as “Operation Moses.” Naftali is the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters, his late brother Ferede Aklum was the first Ethiopian Jew to make the journey to Jerusalem via Sudan. Naftali participated in a number of delegations, including a 1996 visit to the United States with the Anti-Defamation League, and in 2002, spending a year with “Israel at Heart,” sharing the story of Israel and Ethiopian Jewry.


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