The Ariela Foundation

Our main objective is to assist youngsters of Ethiopian origin with promise for excellence in innovative ("ground breaking") career paths to fully fulfill their potential and maximize their personal and professional growth. The creation of such success stories can have a great impact on their immediate surroundings by creating true role models for other Ethiopian youngsters and Israeli society in general. Excellence comes in many forms including studies, arts, sports and community leadership.
Jun 14, 2010

Star Program Update - June 2010

English Lessons in Small Groups
English Lessons in Small Groups

As Star Program participants finish their current school year and enjoy their time off, Ariela has begun to provide bi-weekly English lessons in small groups of 3-4 students. The lessons include fun elements like learning English through popular music which the students love. We take advantage of the summer vacation to provide English language skills that have become a critical factor in the modern job market. Most parents of Ethiopian families are not able to provide this type of support at home since most of the immigrants arrived with no English language skills.

We are also taking advantage of the summer vacation to strengthen the starting point (before the next school year begins) of some of the program participants in subjects where they feel they need additional assistance. We are providing such participants with one on one tutoring lessons in subjects like mathematics.

In addition, summer activities include "horizon expanding" activities such as field trips (e.g. to a science museum), work shops designed to develop life skills (e.g. leadership) and community work projects designed to teach participants about the value of "giving back to their own communities."

Tazazo, a Star Program participant, studies math
Tazazo, a Star Program participant, studies math

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Jun 7, 2010

An Update from Michal - June 2010

From Ariela Foundation:

As Michal prepares to return to Israel in a few weeks, we have asked her to describe to us her some of the professional development / experiences she has gone through as a result of her studies in New York. It is clear that Michal has grown as an artist and as a person in a way that would not have been possible without this experience. We hope that she will share some of her experiences with other artists and use this knowledge to enhance the status of the Ethiopian community in Israel. This is the e-mail she has sent to us:

From Michal Avraham – June 2010

It's been five months since I've been in the city, the semester ended about two weeks ago and I am left with a lot of time to ponder about everything I've gone through. It's obvious my cultural world was fundamentally affected, the way I observe art has completely changed - from art as a predefined, material world to art which isn't necessarily material or object but words, movement, etc.

In my first month here I visited the Guggenheim Museum and participated in a performance piece by the artist Tino Segal, a leader in his field. In his piece, which was based on the museum's spiral form, I was welcomed by two small children, only 8 or 9 years old, who asked me about the meaning of the concept "process" - seemingly a simple question that was simply answered, but from that point on, everything became deeper and more interesting…At the end of the first part of the piece, just as I got to the second level of the museum, the kids introduced me to a teenager that discussed the same subject with me using examples. The fair conversation continued with a young woman and then later with a nice granny. As we advanced, physically and spiritually rising and trying to understand ourselves, to continue on and talk about the same subject but with a different partner - what does it mean to me? Am I also different? Is the question still the same?

In my End-of-year show I decided to combine these two trends. I curated a few selected objects that I created during the semester and presented them thoroughly, sharing my thoughts with the audience. Interestingly enough, the objects I created all dealt with the concept of conception and other philosophic questions. It was a difficult process, but it was very deep.

The first sculpture dealt with the diminution of time. I tried to break the concept of time, at least visually. The clock's hands were made up of three quarters, meaning, they have expanded and colorful. It became impossible to read the time - the hands were still moving but the areas of color mixed with each other, all within a clock that was set in a circular sketch constellation that was divided into one quarter and three quarters. The presentation tried to introduce a new form for something that is predefined in the world that has a set shape and function.

The second sculpture - a 50cm by 30cm tree trunk split in two, the bottom half was conceived and served as the base for the second half, which was a convex and charred. The two halves were united into a whole and while presenting the sculpture I placed my white t-shirt, the shirt I wear while working, as a separator between the two halves.

A series of 3 egg-tempera paintings based on a reproduction of Boticelli. The series displays a process of despair, as I try to imitate a master with the help and demonstrations of my current teacher at Cooper who is also the heir of a long line of Italian painters, and what is this technique even worth these days?

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Apr 29, 2010

Star Program Update - April 2010

Learning the Basics of Chemistry - Part 1
Learning the Basics of Chemistry - Part 1

In their weekly science & art workshop held at the Hebrew University Campus in Rehovot, Star Program participants learnt the basics of chemistry in relation to acids and bases. A lecture was given, followed by an experiment involving cabbage as a natural indicator, as its color is pH dependent and changes upon interaction with substances of different acidity including vinegar (acetic acid), water and Cola (carbonate). Workshop participants also learnt this month about "Green Building" and the evolvement of ecologically friendly construction around the world.

Learning the Basics of Chemistry - Part 2
Learning the Basics of Chemistry - Part 2

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