Friends by Nature – Community Empowerment. Friends by Nature (FBN) Community Empowerment is a non-profit Israeli organization that was established in 2005 by a diverse group of Ethiopian-Israelis and veteran Israelis, secular and religious, all committed to multiculturalism, helping youth at-risk and the success of immigrant communities in Israel. FBN runs programs for at-risk Ethiopian-Israeli youth and their families – focusing on developing young leadership, increasing volunteerism, civil society, community renewal, strengthening the family unity, and increasing a connection to the land of Israel. Read More
Keren Hanan Aynor – Supporting Students today, Creating the Leaders of tomorrow! Keren Hanan Aynor, chaired by the accomplished Tsega Melaku, is Israel’s most veteran and prestigious scholarship program for Israelis of Ethiopian descent. For the past two decades, the Foundation has been instrumental in supporting first and second generations of this Aliya in acquiring higher education and as such, has been promoting a dynamic and influential group of young leaders who serve as role models for the Ethiopian Israeli community and Israeli society at large. Read More.
Olim Beyahad– or Bandelay Woodelay (in Amharic) – or Rising Together (in English) – integrates members of the Ethiopian Israeli community as a normative and important part of Israeli life in the areas of employment, residence, education, and social life. Over the past eight years, Olim Beyahad has helped nearly 900 Ethiopian Israeli university graduates and participants to find employment in their field. Read More.
Tech-Career – Computer Training for Ethiopian Israelis. For over 25 years, Ethiopian Israelis have been attempting to break out of the harsh socio-economic reality in which they live and integrate into Israeli society. According to the latest statistics (Brookdale Institute, 2007), more than 50% of Ethiopian Israeli families are still living below the poverty line, compared to 14.5% of veteran Israeli families. Tech-Career, founded in 2003 by a member of the Ethiopian Israeli community, provides an innovative solution and a unique opportunity for Ethiopian Israelis to climb the socio-economic ladder. Read More
The Association of Ethiopian Jews [formerly the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ)] or AEJ, is directed and run by Ethiopian Israelis and is a unique advocacy organization and formidable voice for, and defender of, the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. It is the single most powerful advocate to major Israeli leaders in the municipal & national governments to advance full and successful integration. AEJ’s work to break down barriers and improve the quality of life of Ethiopian Israelis reverberates throughout all strata of Israeli society and creates a more just society overall. Read More
Tebeka – (Amharic for “Advocate of Justice”), is the legal aid society for Ethiopian Jews in Israel and was founded by the first Ethiopian- Israeli attorney to earn a law degree, Itzik Dessie, and is now directed by Fentahun Assefa-Dawit. Its mission is to safeguard the rights of Ethiopian-Israelis by ensuring their access to high quality, comprehensive and free legal services; as well as to cultivate Israel’s next generation of leaders and legal scholars. Tebeka operates legal aid clinics that serve more than 1,000 clients annually in areas including employment, education, housing, health, immigration and family law. Read More