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Mazor Bahaina
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Date of birth 12 September 1973 (1973-09-12) (age 36)
Place of birth Welkite, Ethiopia
Year of aliyah 1982
Knessets 17th
Party Shas

Rabbi Mazor Mahoy Bahaina (Hebrew: מזור בהיינה‎, born 12 September 1973) is a kes, an ordained rabbi, an Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for Shas.

Biography

Born in Welkite in Ethiopia, Bahaina's aliyah to Israel started with a trek on foot with his family across the Sudanese border after which they waited for about a year and a half for immigration approval. On arriving to Israel, his family moved to Or Akiva and later to Kiryat Gat. Bahaina studied in few yeshivas and became an ordained rabbi. After moving to Beersheba, he was worked in several socially-oriented positions to support immigrants from Ethiopia, eventually becoming the head rabbi of the ex-Ethiopian Jewish community in Beersheba numbering about 10,000 and a member of the city local council.[1]

He was placed 13th on the Shas list for the 2006 Knesset elections. Although the party won only 12 seats, he entered the Knesset in April 2008 after Shlomo Benizri was convicted.

For the 2009 elections, Bahaina was placed 12th on the party's list but lost his seat when Shas only succeeded in achieving 11 mandates.

References

  1. ^ Fendel, Hillel (April 27, 2008). "Convicted Shas MK to be Replaced by Ethiopian Rabbi". Israel National News. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/125981. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  

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