WUJS spearheads the campaign for Ethiopian Jewry

In 1984 after Dani Katz stepped down for personal reasons, the Executive appointed David Makovsky as Chairperson. He was a former Network President and leader of the U.S. student campaign for Soviet Jewry. In September 1984, he walked out of a meeting of the World Presidium on Soviet Jewry because they would not include the plight of Ethiopian Jewry in their discussions. WUJS threw itself into the campaign for Ethiopian Jewry with full force, providing assistance to newly arrived immigrants and organizing events for Western students in Israel to help the new community. In the summer of 1985, the Ethiopian Encounter in Israel attracted students from around the world.