Andrew Esensten

Acceptence: Israeli President Shimon Peres (center) holds hands with Black Hebrews leader Ben Ammi Ben-Israel (in red) at an event at the group?s Village of Peace in Dimona, where Peres celebrated his 85th birthday in August.

Once Reviled, Black Hebrews Now Fêted

Elyahkeem Ben Yehuda could have become another statistic, growing up poor, black and fatherless on the west side of Chicago during the 1950s.