Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Former Israeli Ambassador Asher Naim will describe his role in the 1991 Operation Solomon, Mon., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Naim, who served as ambassador to Ethiopia at the time of Operation Solomon, set in motion the airlift of more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to resettle in Israel. Born in Libya, he obtained a master’s of jurisprudence degree from Hebrew University before embarking on his lengthy foreign service career which also involved ambassadorships to Uganda, Kenya, Korea, and Finland.

“Behind the Scenes Story of Operation Solomon: Exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel,” is free and open to the public. Naim will also hold an informal question-and-answer session about an ambassador’s role and responsibilities on Nov. 30 at 4:15 p.m. in Grinnell House, 1011 Park St., Grinnell.

Naim’s visit to Grinnell is sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and in cooperation with Cornell College, where the ambassador will speak on Dec. 1. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.