Promote 30 Gifted Jewish Ethiopian Students

 
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Aug 4, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update - April-June 13

Santayahu
Santayahu

August 2013

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 April-June 2013 we continued to provide 23 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 would like to share two of our success stories which we hope you will find inspirational;

 Santayahu, a 15 year old student, just completed the 8th grade in Gan Yavne where she resides with her parents and seven siblings. She immigrated to Israel six years ago, and despite her relatively short time in Israel, she is an outstanding student.

 In order to fulfil her dreams, at the end of the 5th grade, she managed to get accepted on her own to a high quality private school, Ulpanat Zvia, all without any help from the family. Santayahu invests great efforts in her studies and finished the 8th grade as an outstanding student with a grade point average of 90.

She was accepted as an Ariela participant a year ago as a result of her great achievements, personal charm and great ambition to succeed in life. Since her parents do not work nor speak Hebrew, she receives little economic or educational assistance at home.

The Ariela Foundation provides Santayahu with funding for dancing lessons, something she has dreamt about for a long time. In addition, Ariela provides tutorial lessons in both English and mathematics. She also meets with a one on one mentor on a weekly basis. The Ariela mentor assists with many aspects of her life including educational assistance, enrichment, personal matters and with the dilemmas of her day to day life. The special personal bond with the mentor has improved her social skills tremendously.

Santayahu dreams of becoming a doctor or a business woman and we are certain that all of her hard work will help her achieve all of her professional dreams.

 Tali, a 27 year old, is currently studying for her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology of children at Tel Aviv University. She was born in Israel and lives in Bat Yam with her parents and three siblings, of whom she is the oldest. Tali is in the midst of writing her thesis in which she is examining the feelings of parents of Ethiopian Jewry after meeting with therapists in order to deal with behavior problems of their children at home and/or at school.

Tali currently holds three jobs: as a therapist at a mental health clinic in Jaffa as part of her studies, as a research assistant at the JDC in Israel, and in "Basis Lehaaracha" in various projects. Up until recently, Tali was active in the Ethiopian Youngsters Forum where she was one of the main forces behind a large demonstration in Jerusalem. She also volunteers with the “Tebeka” organization that provides legal assistance to the Ethiopian community.

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

Tali
Tali
Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day

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May 6, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update-Jan-March 2013

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 January-March 2012 we continued to provide 24 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 would like to share a few examples of recent accomplishments by our participants;

 As part of her community work, Nofar, an outstanding 10th grade student, is mentoring on a weekly basis a 2nd grade girl who is a new immigrant from the former Soviet Union.

 Avraham, a 9th grade gifted violin player, was invited to join the Young Philharmonic Orchestra this summer.

 Tadela, an 11th grade student and professional bike rider, was summoned for the screening selection process for the Israel Youth Cycling Team.

 Tali, a graduate student in clinical child psychology at Tel Aviv University, is now working on her thesis of adapting classic behavioral-cognitive therapy to the specific needs of Ethiopian immigrant populations.

 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

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Feb 10, 2013

Ariela Program Update - February 2013

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

                                                                                             February 2013

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

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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Aug 21, 2012

Ariela Foundation Update -Maof Program August 2012

Tadela getting ready for a race
Tadela getting ready for a race

                                                                                                                                   August 2012

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, Tadela.

 Tadela is a high school student from Beit Shemesh (a small town between Jerusalem and Tel aviv) and an outstanding cyclist that was accepted to the Israeli National Youth Cycling Team.  With the right support and hard work, he stands a chance in representing Israel at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

 When we began working with him about two years ago, despite his athletic excellence, his performance in school was very poor. One of the conditions we established for his participation in Ariela activities was to improve his school grades.

 As part of our assistance package for Tadela, we bought him competitive bicycle, provided one on one tutorial lessons and ongoing mentoring to help him make smart decisions regarding his personal development.

 We are now very proud to report on his amazing progress in school. When comparing the 2010-2011 school year to the 2011-2012 school year, his improvements were as follows. He raised his grade point average in English from 57 to 82 and from 60 to 75 in mathematics.  In language studies, he raised his annual average from 40 to 67.

 If Tadela continues improving himself, he will not only become a leading Israeli athlete, but also obtain a high school diploma and serve as a role model for other youngsters.

 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

Tadela(on the left) giving back to the community
Tadela(on the left) giving back to the community

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