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.
Feb 10, 2013

Ariela Program Update - February 2013

Horse riding lessons as an enrichment activity
Horse riding lessons as an enrichment activity

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Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 Throughout September-December 2012 we continued to provide 22 program participants with tutorial lessons, financial assistance for scholarships & educational equipment, ongoing mentoring, educational guidance, funding for enrichment programs & after school activities, group workshops and educational field trips.

 We have also accepted three new promising participants into the program;

Tali: a 27 year old second Master degree student of children’s clinical psychology at Tel Aviv University. The oldest child in the family, she graduated from her first degree studies with distinction and completed a thesis on adjusting classical cognitive-behavioral therapy to the specific needs of new immigrants of Ethiopian origin.   She also works at mental health clinic in Jaffa where many Ethiopian children are treated for behavioral problems caused by immigration and the hardships involved in adjusting to a new country.

 Noah: 19 year old second year student of industrial engineering and management at Ben Gurion University as part of a pre-draft academic reserve. She is a graduate of the Sciences High School in Lod where her main subjects were computer science and Arabic. During the summer between 11th and 12th grade, she represented Israel in a delegation that travelled to a science summer camp in India. She also completed the "Sparks of Science" program at the Weizmann Institute of Science where she now volunteers once a week as a mentor.

 Na’ama: Outstanding 10th grade student at a scientific class at the Regional High School Lod-Ramle. Born in Israel to parents who came to Israel in 1984 as part of Operation Moses. She is very talented in her studies, especially in the arts and languages.

 Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

 Eric Goldberg

Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

Aviva Dese in the United States performing
Aviva Dese in the United States performing
Giving back to the community as role models
Giving back to the community as role models

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Nov 14, 2012

Star Program Update from Ariela - November 2012

Picture of Shira
Picture of Shira

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 In this update, we would like to share with you the personal success story of Shira, one of our participants of the Star Program activities in the town of Ness Tziona.

 Shira is a 9th grade student from Ness Tziona and a third year participant of the Star Program. Over the last few years, she has taken part in a range of activities provided by Ariela including a yearlong science workshop, a field orienteering program and tutorial lessons. Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, she also received intensive personal mentoring from an Ariela Educational Coordinator. This one on one mentoring gave the extra edge that allowed her to advance her educational and social goals.

Shira has displayed significant improvement in terms of social skills and educational achievements with a first semester half year grade point average of 80, compared to 74 in the previous school year. She actually finished the 2011-2012 school year with an overall average of 90. Her teachers report a marked improvement in her attitude towards studying in terms of her seriousness and personal effort. Socially, she is now more engaged with other Star Program group peers and has begun to express her opinions in a more assertive manner.

Shira’s behavior and self-management skills have also improved dramatically and as she puts it “Since taking part in Ariela activities, especially over the last year, I feel more mature, responsible and serious. This change affects in a positive way my studies, my participation in activities, the relationship with my family and the way I think about my future.” She now believes in herself and takes more responsibilities upon herself.

 Shira claims that the personal mentoring provides her with a solid base for the future, a venue to share dilemmas and receive general advice for life. She claims, “Without Ariela, I would not have the support I need for planning my future….if I fail, I know there is someone there to assist me, someone beyond my family, someone that pushes me forward to success.”

 We hope to continue working with Shira over the next few years and provide her support until she receives her high school diploma, completes her army service and obtains an academic degree that will allow her to fulfill her dream, to become a scientist in the field of nutrition!

 This is just one of the many lives your donations are helping to change.

 Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

 

Eric Goldberg-Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

Graduation Cermony of Young Nature Guides
Graduation Cermony of Young Nature Guides
Visiting at Tel Aviv University
Visiting at Tel Aviv University
Getting ready to see a modern ballet performance
Getting ready to see a modern ballet performance

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Nov 14, 2012

Maof Program Update from Ariela Foundation-Nov 12

Two of our Participants speaking at US summer camp
Two of our Participants speaking at US summer camp

Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,

 We continue to be extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations that are helping to improve the lives of young Ethiopian Jews that will become future role models for their community.

 The Ariela Foundation promotes excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry. Our goal is to create change in the lives of Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin who show potential to excel, as a way of fomenting full social and economic integration. We provide guidance, while nurturing personal growth amongst participants. We expect our participants to become outstanding citizens with high moral values, who contribute to society and serve as positive role models. All of this is aimed at creating change at the personal level, within the family, in the community and throughout Israeli society.

 In this update we would like to share with you one of our success that involve one of our Maof Program participants, Etti.

 At 24 years old and from the Southern city of Ashkelon, Etti is a Maof Program participant from 2011 that has always excelled in whatever she does. During her high school years, Etti studied piano and art but dream of becoming a doctor from an early age. As part of her compulsory military service, she served in one of the top intelligence units in the Israel Defense Forces.

Eventually, after long deliberation, Etti decided to pursue a career as a dentist. She was accepted to both the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem dental schools and decided to pursue her dream with the latter. She completed her first academic year of 2011-2012 with an excellent grade point average grade of 92.4.

During her first academic year and as part of "giving back to the community" activities required by Ariela from participants, Etti mentored a young Ariela student on a weekly basis and throughout the 2012-2013 academic year she is expected to mentor two younger Ariela students. She is a great example of a positive role model that allows others in her community to dream of greater things. During the 2012 summer break, she worked in a communications firm in an interesting position in the field of electronics.

Since many families of Ethiopian origin cannot always afford to support all of their children’s educational expenses, Etti currently receives from Ariela a scholarship that provides her with the peace of mind required for such a demanding field of studies. In addition, the Ariela assistance package includes professional guidance and ongoing mentoring. Her goals for next year are to start working in a dental clinic and by so doing to improve her professional skills.

 Thank you once again for your ongoing support that is helping to change the world.

Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors

Ariela Foundation

Field trip to Tel Aviv University
Field trip to Tel Aviv University
Field trip to Northern Israel during summer break
Field trip to Northern Israel during summer break
Our outstanding cyclists enjoying a break
Our outstanding cyclists enjoying a break

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