Shmuel Yilma of KHA on U.S. tour for scholarships

Ethiopian Israeli students need your help!  Each September at the beginning of the academic year, Keren Hanan Aynoor (KHA) provides scholarships to Ethiopian Israeli adults seeking higher degrees.  This year, more than 200 qualified applicants requested scholarships but KHA has funds for only HALF that number.

In response to the need, Shmuel Yilma – a long-time KHA Board member and former scholarship recipient himself, will be in the United States on tour from November 30 to December 13, 2017, speaking and raising funds for KHA scholarships.    Mr. Yilma will be in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and other cities meeting and speaking everywhere to raise the funds needed to help Ethiopian Israelis get the education and academic degrees vital to successful professional careers.

Each scholarship is, on average, $1,000 per student.  KHA focuses on older students for whom fewer scholarships are available, such as students seeking Masters degrees or PhD’s, married students with families, or older students returning after an absence.   Also, nearly 70% of KHA scholarship applicants are women, often with families to support.   A KHA scholarship, which can be used for any expense, can make the difference between attending school or not.

Shmuel Yilma is an outstanding speaker, who came to Israel in 1980 at age 8, via the tortuous journey through Sudan.   Educated in Israel, Mr. Yilma served as a paratrouper in the IDF, earned a BA and a Masters in Educational Counseling, and wrote a book (in Hebrew and in English) called “From Falasha to Freedom.”

KHA is seeking to raise scholarship funds.  If you would like to arrange for Mr. Yilma to meet potential sponsors, or speak at a synagogue, church, school, club, community center or other location from November 30th to December 13th, please contact Susan Pollack at Friends of Ethiopian Jews at

Your help is needed!   If you would like to make a donation for a KHA scholarship, click here.