African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

The African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem is a small spiritual group whose members believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Their immigrant ancestors were African Americans from Chicago, Illinois, who migrated to Israel in the late 1960s.

About African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

The African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem (also known as The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem or Black Hebrews or Black Hebrew Israelites) is a small spiritual group whose members believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. With a population of over 5,000, most members live in their own community in Dimona, Israel, with additional families in Arad, Mitzpe Ramon, and the Tiberias area. Their immigrant ancestors were African Americans from Chicago, Illinois, who migrated to Israel in the late 1960s. At least some of them consider themselves to be Jewish, but mainstream Judaism does not consider them to be Jewish. The 'Glass Report' of the American Jewish Committee, 1980, decided that "The 'Black Hebrews' are not Jews by any criterion, however liberal." The group was founded in Chicago by a former steel worker named Ben Carter (b.1939), who took the name Ben Ammi upon joining the Hebrew Israelite community in Chicago.

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