A ceremony was held on Monday night in Gondar, Ethiopia to mark to the handover of a school in the city from the Jewish Agency to the Gondar municipality.
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel and Gondar Mayor Getnet Amare took part in Monday's ceremony.
Some 2,500 children studied at the school, which was funded and maintained by the Jewish Agency, before they immigrated to Israel. The school is being handed over to the Gondar municipality for free.
"The Jews lived in Gondar for 2,500 years but their longing to return home never weakened," Sharansky said. 'We're closing a huge circle that spans thousands of years."
Sharansky thanked Amare for Gondar's assistance and cooperation over the years.
"It is very symbolic that after their immigration to Israel, the Jews are leaving behind a school," Sharansky said. "We promise all the countries and communities everywhere, from which the Jews leave to immigrate [to Israel] -- we will leave behind schools for children."
"This school, which operated to educate children so they would arrive in Israel with the fewest possible gaps, inspires us to continue their education in Israel and fully integrate them [into Israeli society]," Ariel said.
The ceremony in Gondar was held ahead of next week's conclusion of Operation "Kanfei Yonah" (Wings of a Dove). Since the operation launched in November 2010, around 7,000 Ethiopians, most of them members of the Falash Mura group, have immigrated to Israel.