Dear Supporters of the Ariela Foundation,
As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Maof Program for gifted students which is now assisting around 20 Israeli youth of Ethiopian origin with great potential to excel. With your assistance, this program is helping to change and improve the lives of talented individuals that will become the future leaders and role models of Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.
Throughout the third quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver tailor made assistance programs that included tutorial lessons, scientific workshops, scholarships, educational/professional guidance sessions, one on one professional mentoring, after school enrichment programs, financial assistance with dormitory costs, financial assistance with travel expenses, funding of educational supplies, funding of professional equipment, piano lessons, group enrichment activities and giving back to the community work.
Our newest Maof program participant includes an additional professional cyclist named Tadela.
Tadela is a 15 year old high school student that lives with his parents and four brothers in the town of Beit Shemesh. His unique talent was identified by a volunteer cycling club named “Shimshon Riders” that claims that with the right long term support, he has the potential to represent Israel at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Recently, Tadela was accepted to the National Israel Cycling Team for cadets. Mr. Ofir Gal-On, the coach of the national mountain cycling team, describes his potential as follows, “Throughout the past two seasons, the rider Tadela has demonstrated outstanding talent and sporting abilities. The quality of his riding, in addition to his personal commitment to the sport, has led me to the decision to allow him to join the Israeli National Cycling Team in the cadet category.”
Beyond assistance in purchasing professional equipment for cycling, Ariela assists Tadela by providing him throughout the current school year with one on one tutorial lessons in select subjects, personal mentoring and ongoing support to improve both his educational and athletic achievements.
Attached you will also find some pictures of Maof Program participants whose lives you are helping to change with your kind donations.
As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the Maof Program for gifted students which is now assisting 18 Israeli youth of Ethiopian origin with great potential to excel. With your assistance, this program is helping to change and improve the lives of talented individuals that will become the future leaders and role models of Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.
Here are some examples of the latest achievements of program participants:
Nofar, a talented and charming 8th grade student, received an honorary recognition from her school where she completed the school year with a grade point average of 93.
Yair, a dedicated 8th grade student, showed remarkable progress at an advanced mathematics program at Bar Ilan University and completed the school year with an impressive grade point average of 95.
Negus, a young high school student and professional bicycle rider, has been accepted as a member of the Israeli National Youth Cycling Team. Within this framework he participated in April in an international competition in Turkeywhere he reached 9th place. In June, Negus won first place in two local competitions that took place in Gilboa (Northern Israel).
Alamork, a fourth year film student at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, has just returned from a short film festival in Montreal, Canada where here short film “Gorky” was accepted for screening at the festival.
Hadas, a third year double major student of accounting and law at The College of Management Academic Studies, has just been accepted to a professional apprenticeship at a leading Israeli legal non-profit organization named “Tebeka.”
We are also proud of our latest program participant that has joined the program, Anat, a 25 year old student from the city of Hadera. This is how she describes herself and her professional ambitions; “I want to make my parents proud of me; I want to prove that their struggles were not in vain. It is very important to me to be a role model to the entire community, and to Ethiopian Jewry in particular.”
In September of 2011, Anat will begin her second year of studies at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Biotechnology. Out of a total of three siblings, she is the first member of her family that has gone on to academic studies.
Both ambitious and gentile she is very determined to succeed professionally. Her ultimate goal is to complete a doctorate degree and work in the local biotech industry. In her spare time Anat enjoys listeningto music and spending time with family and friends.
With the purpose of allowing her to fulfil her dreams without unnecessary worries, Ariela provides Anat with funding for her on campus dormitory rent, assistance with purchasing educational supplies, ongoing one on one mentoring (both professional and social) and the facilitation of tutoring lessons as required for key academic subjects.
Throughout the 2nd Quarter of 2011, Ariela continued to deliver tailor made assistance programs that included tutorial lessons, scientific workshops, scholarships, educational/professional guidance sessions, one on one professional mentoring, after school enrichment programs, financial assistance with dormitory costs, financial assistance with travel expenses, funding of educational supplies, funding of professional equipment, piano lessons and more.
Sincerely and humbly,
Eric Goldberg - Head of the Board of Directors
As always, we are extremely grateful and appreciative of your donations to the MAOF Program for gifted students which is now assisting around 17 Israeli youth with great potential to excel. With your assistance, this program is helping to change and improve the lives of talented individuals that will become the future leaders and role models of Ethiopian Jewry in Israel.
We are also proud of our latest program participant whose name is Nogus. Nogus is a 9th grade student from Beit Shemesh and a very talented cyclist. He is now part of the national youth Israeli cycling team and some of his trainers have described him as "having Olympic potential in 6 years."
Below is a partial summary of some of the activities delivered throughout January-March, 2011:
-47 one on one English tutorial sessions
-2 extracurricular scientific workshops at the Weizmann Insitute of Science
-Funding of a scholarship at the private Ulpana Zvia High School in Rehovot
-Dozens of one on one mentoring sessions delivered by talented Ethiopian university students and Ariela professional staff
-Dozens of advisory sessions regarding professional/educational development
-12 piano lessons
-Funding for an advanced mathematics extra curricular program for students at Bar Ilan University
-9 one on one mathematics tutorial sessions
-Funding of a high level soccer school scholarship
-10 one on one physics tutorial sessions
-Funding of a scholarship for one academic course at the University of Tel Aviv for Youth
-Funding of travel (bus) expenses for several students
-Funding of voice development lessons at the Netanya Municipal Musical Conservatory
-Funding of two scholarships for studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance School
-5 one on one scientific tutorial sessions
-Funding of a scholarship at the private Bar Ilan Yeshiva High School in Tel Aviv
-Economic assistance for university dormitory rent
-Delivery of one used lap top computer to a university student
-Several university level scholarships
-The provision of several professional volunteers mentors whose objective is to provide career guidance and early exposure to the job market
-Economic assistance for the purchase of artistic equipment/supplies
- Economic assistance for the production of a short film (as part of the final project of a film student)
In addition, below are some examples of the successes these students are achieving:
-Yael, an accounting student, was accepted for an apprenticeship at one of the most lucrative accounting firms in Israel, Deloitte-Touche.
-Nofar, an 8th grade student, received an excellence award in the first half of the current school year as a result of a grade point average of 94.5.
-Yair, an 8th grade student, has shown good progress in the Bar Ilan University Mathematics Program for Talented Youth. It seems that hisself-confidence has improved; he has displayed high motivation and investment levels.
-Shelly, 9th grade student, has reached during the first half of the current school year a grade point average of 95.
-Revital, a high school Soprano singer, has participated, as part of her school's activity, in three recitals during the last quarter including an appearance in Germany as part of a youth choir and has also participated in a show of the opera workshop held by the classical music class in the Telma Yellin High School.
-Alamork, an up and coming film student, has been busy producing her final graduation project movie as part of her studies at the Sam Spiegel School of Film. Ariela is helping her in matters such as finding a location for shooting as well as arranging a donation of two Plasma screens needed for the shootings.
Attached you will also find some pictures of MAOF participants whose lives you are helping to change with your kind donations.
Ariela MAOF Program Report of Activities – Fourth Quarter 2010 (October – December)
MAOF Program Activities for Elementary – High School Students
All participants received ongoing personal guidance/counseling services from Ariela staff through phone calls, personal meetings, etc.
Nofar (8th grade student): 9 one on one English lessons (one hour each), 8 sessions of a scientific workshop at the Weizmann Institute of Science
Hodaya (8th grade student): 10 piano lessons, 8 sessions of a scientific workshop at the Weizmann Institute of Science, scholarship to attend the high quality private Ulpana Tzvia high school in Rehovot
Yair (8th grade student): 7 one on one English lessons (one hour each), an advanced mathematics program at the Bar Ilan University (two hours a week), 7 one on one mathematics lessons (one hour each)
Yaniv (6th grade student): 10 one on one English lessons (one hour each), scholarship for a soccer academy in Rishon Le Tzion (3 training sessions a week)
Shelly (9th grade student): 6 one on one physics lessons (one and a half hours each), 12 one on one English lessons (one and a half hours each), 3 hours of personal mentoring/coaching (weekly meeting)
Shachar (11th grade student): scholarship for one academic course at the Tel Aviv University (4 hours a week), funding of transportation costs from Ness Tziona to Tel Aviv University and back (twice a week)
Ravital (11th grade soprano singer): funding of voice development lessons at the Municipal Netanya Music Conservatorium, ongoing professional/guidance in order to meet all academic/professional requirements at the Telma Yalin High School of Arts in Givataim
Orit (7th grade classical guitarist): scholarship for the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance High School, weekly one hour academic tutoring sessions in a variety of subjects, 9.5 hours of personal mentoring/coaching (weekly meeting)
Abraham (8th grade violinist): scholarship for the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance High School, weekly one hour academic tutoring sessions in a variety of subjects, 6 hours of personal mentoring/coaching (weekly meeting)
New Participant of the MAOF Program:
Yitzhak (8th grade student): scholarship for attending the Bar Ilan Yeshiva High School in Tel Aviv, supplementary nutrition program, weekly one on one English lessons, guidance in participating in Jaffa community center activities, participation in the weekly field orienteering workshop delivered to the Star Program group in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
MAOF Program Activities for University/College Students
Yael (2nd year student of economics & accounting at Tel Aviv University): partial funding of monthly apartment rent costs, one on one tutoring sessions in select subjects, one on one professional mentoring and preparation for apprenticeship interviews at top tier accounting firms
Hadas (3rd year student of law & accounting at The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Le Tzion): partial scholarship for school tuition, additional monetary scholarship in return for one on one mentoring she delivers to younger participants of the Star and MAOF Programs
Amir (2nd year student of mechanical engineering at Tel Aviv University): funding of on campus dormitories, one on one tutoring sessions in select subjects, one on one professional mentoring/exposure to the professional world of engineering (delivered by a volunteer)
Michal (4th year student of the arts at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem): partial funding of monthly apartment rent costs, one on one professional mentoring from a volunteer graduate of Bezalel, funding of art supplies, monetary scholarship in return for one on one mentoring she delivers to younger participants of the MAOF Program
Alamork (4th year student of film at the Sam Spiegel School of Film in Jerusalem): Funding of professional equipment
Feedback/Results from Activities:
1) Hodaya has been selected as the outstanding student of the current semester at her school in the 2010-2011 school year.
2) Hadas, a double major student of law & accounting, was accepted for a legal internship at one of the most lucrative international law firms in Israel.
3) Michal, an outstanding student of the arts, received an honourable mention at an international student art show in New York.
4) Shachar, an 11th grade high school student categorized as gifted by the Israel educational system, has completed his high school diploma (Bagrut) with exceptional distinction (with a 93 point average in advanced mathematics) and has already begun studying for a Bachelor of Science. In addition, through our "giving back to the community" arrangements, Shachar taught mathematics throughout the summer to disadvantaged children living in a full time boarding school near the city of Ness Tziona.
5) Since joining Ariela, the father of Yair and Yaniv has reported a significant improvement in the personal and educational achievements of his sons, both of which take part in the MAOF Program.
Thanks to your generous support, the MAOF Program for Gifted Students continues to provide long-term personalized support tailored to each of the program's current 15 participants (ranging in age from elementary school to university students). Our multi-layered program includes academic scholarships, tutoring sessions in selected subject areas, material support for professional/educational supplies, life and social skills workshops, personal (one on one) mentoring and educational field trips.
During the 3rd Quarter of 2010 (August to October) which included the summer vacation in which the students enjoyed time off, here are some examples of the activities that were delivered to MAOF Program participants:
Nofar, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion received one on one English tutoring sessions during the summer vacation (12 full-hour lessons), continuation of funding for a weekly science enrichment course at the Weizmann Institute of Science and personal mentoring once a week.
Hodaya, a middle school student from the development town of Kiryat Malachi, continued to receive a scholarship that allows her to study at the private Ulpana Zvia School in Rehovot, weekly piano studies and an enrichment science course at the Weizmann Institute (an hour and a half a week).
Yair, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion, continued to receive English tutoring lessons during the summer vacation (9 full hour lessons) plus continuation of funding for his participation in the Program for Math Gifted Youth at the Bar Ilan University.
Yaniv, a middle school student from Rishon Le Tzion continued to receive English tutoring lessons during the summer vacation (12 full hour lessons), 17 tutoring lessons in language skills and a continuation of funding for the Soccer School in the frame of the Young League (with practice thrice a week).
Revital, an 11th grade student and talented soprano singer, was provided with a plane ticket to Giessen, Germany, where she performed within the framework of the “Nitzan Choir”. We also assisted in her admission process to the prestigious “Thelma Yellin” High school of the Arts in Tel Aviv.
Orit, a 7th grade student and classical guitar player, received a scholarship to allow her to study at the High School under the auspices of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and weekly one on one mentoring sessions.
Avraham, a 7th grade student and talented violinist, received a scholarship to allow him to study at the High School under the auspices of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and weekly one on one mentoring sessions.
Yael, a second year University student of Accounting and Economics at Tel Aviv University, was coached and prepared for job interviews in elite firms for an apprentice position.
MAOF Program Group Format Activities
-The younger participants of the MAOF Program visited the “Invitation to Silence” Exhibition at the Children`s Museum in Holon. The purpose of the visit was to foment group integration and introduce them to the subject of “Differences and the Other”.
-The older participants of the MAOF Program met for a group breakfast and a tour to the Visitors Center of “Better Place” Co. (one of the world’s leading developers of re-charging networks for electric vehicles). The goal of the meeting was to promote the integration of the group members, as well as an exposure to a business company that is leading a move towards a process of conceptual changes.
-Personal follow up was provided for all participants of the MAOF Program by the team in order to provide advice and consultation, depending on the required assistance. Part of the follow up included personal meetings with all of the students and their parents (for younger students) in order to measure the progress achieved in the 2009-2010 study year and plan activities for the 2010-2011 school year.
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