Hi I am Heather (Hadar), and I am from Louisville, KY. Hometown of your moderator Robin Garr.
Husband is Israeli born, and we have several friends, family, and folks we do business with in most of Israel.
I want to say that I love Arcaffe, so much so that I am stealing their "pesto Granola" formula for the salad topping in my own little Cafe here in Louisville!
In regard to the uniforms, I would have to see what they look like in order to make a judgement.
But if it fits in with the tidiness of the food presentations that Arcaffe exhibits in their cases, than I am all for it!
Also, in regard to the Ethiopian community, I have been somewhat involved from the American side of the absorption process, and I think the more that any ethnic group can assimilate into society the better, they learn the language faster etc, and they have New Olim rights like everyone else. It is harder for this particular group though, some are coming from a rather primitive existence, so I guess that have to start somewhere. The state of Israel is not exploiting them, it could be the individual business owners, and that can happen anywhere. You can only hope they are being treated with dignity, and respect .