Generosity to Federation improving lives of Ethiopian-Israelis
You’ve probably seen it in the news: Ethiopian-Israelis and their supporters have staged large demonstrations in recent weeks.
As a new minority population, Ethiopian-Israelis have faced significant challenges integrating into Israeli society.
But your generosity to Federation’s Annual Campaign is helping these individuals assimilate and succeed in Israel.
Here are some of the Federation-supported programs that are changing the course of this community for the better:
- Gifts to the Annual Campaign support the efforts of our global partners: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), The Jewish Agency for Israel and The Ethiopian National Project (ENP). These agencies work with the entire Ethiopian-Israeli community – families, the elderly and youth from preschool through college.
- PACT (JDC) is a comprehensive initiative focused on Ethiopian-Israeli preschoolers’ educational and developmental needs. Since the program began in 1998, the repeat rate of Ethiopian-Israeli kindergartners has fallen from 50 percent to 5 percent. This program currently reaches more than 10,000 children.
- Absorption centers (Jewish Agency) are the first homes in Israel for Ethiopian immigrants. They cushion the transition and help newcomers adjust to Israeli life, providing language classes, professional training and cultural support that meet the unique needs of this population.
- Youth Aliyah villages (Jewish Agency) provide structure, social services and education for at-risk Ethiopian-Israeli youth so they will have a strong foundation as they build their lives. Four of these villages are home to hundreds of Ethiopian children.
- Atidim (Jewish Agency and ENP) helps high-achieving Ethiopian-Israeli high school students access elite opportunities in the Israel Defense Forces and in the most competitive academic fields.
- Scholastic Assistance (ENP) provides academic enrichment to middle school students. The program builds self-esteem and leadership skills, and prepares students for success in high school.
- Youth Outreach Centers (ENP) provide safe space and structured activities for at-risk teens.