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 Merger of Ariela Foundation Activities into “Olim BeYachad”

For the past 6 years and based on a unique approach towards social integration, the Ariela Foundation has actively promoted excellence amongst Ethiopian Jewry in Israel. Over this period, hundreds of participants and their families received holistic, long term assistance in the form of like skills for personal, educational and social advancement.

“Olim Beyachad” was founded in 2007 with the objective of changing negative stereotypes amongst employers and senior managers in the Israeli economy.  In the pursuit of this goal, Olim Beyachad focuses on high level job placement of academic graduates of Ethiopian origin that will serve as future role models within the community and Israeli society in general. As part of the organization’s core program, outstanding university graduates of Ethiopian origin with leadership qualities are identified and offered assistance programs including relevant professional tools combined with a network of professional volunteers.

The result of such activities is the establishment of a social network of Israelis of Ethiopian origin (and of non-Ethiopian origin) that assists in suitable employment as well as high profile social activities.

Taking into account very similar mission statements and the potential of widening the scope of activities whilst working more efficiently, the Boards of Directors of both organizations have approved the merger of Ariela activities into the Olim Beyachad organizational framework. Ariela activities will be integrated over the next few weeks and continue to operate under the name, the “Ariela Project.”

This merger decision was taken after serious consideration that took into account both potential opportunities and risks.  We are proud to be part of this endeavor which sends out an important message to other nonprofit organizations regarding the need to reduce the number of organizations with similar agendas in order to

 

reduce overhead costs and increase the scope of social impact gained through more efficient work methods.

We take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and donors for the ongoing mutual work and hope you will continue to donate under the new framework of Olim Beyachad.

The new contact person will be the Managing Director of Olim Beyachad, Ms. Sigal Kanotopsky: sigal@olim-beyahad.org.il

Part of the professional team at Ariela will be working under the new framework, including Ariela’s founder who will now serve as a member of the Olim Beyachad Board of Directors.

Sincerely,

Doron Klein

Management Director

Empowering Meetings
Empowering Meetings

Empowering Meetings:

As in the previous quarter, we have continued to conduct empowerment workshops set up by the Educationcoordinators  in accordance with a yearly structured program on themes of morality which are highly significant. Following is a description of some of the activities that are held at the center:

An empowerment meeting on the subject of success and coping with failure:

In this meeting, the co-ordinator and pupils of NesZiona focused on the sensations and feelings experienced during stressful final end-of-year examinations. A discussion arose concerning how stress influences us and whether we make decisions hastily which are proven to lead to a lack of success. The pupils shared their experiences and spoke about the improvements that they think they should make. The activities were composed of simulations of breaks and states of calm.

An empathy workshop and Israeli society:

 In this quarter, the education co-ordinator brought a workshop over to the Jaffa Group on the subject of empathy and Israeli society. In order to know where they had to go, the students first had to know where they came from. Therefore, in the first meetings, the co-ordinator focused on the place where they came from: Ethiopia. He focused on memories, customs, traditions, culture and more. In the following workshops, the co-ordinator focused the workshop on the surroundings and the inhabitants of the different sectors of society in Israel through examining the societal make-up and the ranges of ethnicities, cultures and customs and how they relate to the existing stereotypes with regards to the different inhabitants in Israel. In the last part of the workshop, the coordinator focused the activities on empathizing with each student for the purpose of developing self-awareness, nurturing formulated ambitions and helping them build a stable identity which is strong and solid. The co-ordinator used a range of different educational methodologies in order to bring across the themes and significantly, the pupils really enjoyed the kind of meetings through exceptional co-operation with the co-ordinator.   

Empowering Meetings Conducted by the coordinator:

As in the previous quarter, we have continued to conduct empowerment workshops set up by the Education Co-ordinators in accordance with a yearly structured program on themes of morality which are highly significant. Following is a description of some of the activities that are held at the centre.

A Summer Preparation Workshop:

Just before the students went off on their summer break, the pupils from the Gedera Group were brought to a lecture in which guest speakers Ya’araAmer and Guy Cohen took part. The lecture was composed of co-ordinators from different youth movements concerned with working and studying. In the confines of the lecture, certain essential values of the pupils were reinforced, such as those concerning dangerous elements in the summer, making use of their own judgment, responsible and educated behaviour and so forth. Furthermore, the pupils were exposed to the rights and obligations of working teenagers. The pupils expanded their knowledge on the subject of summer employment. They were spoken to about their obligations at work and moreover, how to prevent being taken advantage of by their employers as well as  how to examine a payslip. Concerning payslips, they learned what actions are important, such as documenting working hours, calculating additional hours, the black market and so forth. The information was explained clearly and it was structured in a very detailed way. The pupils participated and asked many questions that remained open. In conclusion, one pupil remarked, “it’s important and necessary that many teenagers will learn from this”.  

Parents Workshops in co-operation with the Organization “Tene Health”:

Throughout the quarter, lectures were set up for the parents of the pupils in Jaffa under a co-operative framework with the organization “Tene Health” which provides lectures in different languages to members of the Ethiopian Community of the same age group on the subject of health. In these lectures, the parents learned about the educated use of health services and about early diagnoses for common diseases such as diabetes. Among the Ethiopian community, as in the rest of society, there is a high incidence of the disease. The biggest difficulty concerning the Ethiopian Community is the lack of awareness of the disease. The lecture moderator, a Doctor by profession and one of the community members, explained the disease to the participants; its symptoms, the reasons for its development, and she shared with the parents in different ways in which to cope with the disease. The parents responded with great interest and were immersed in the subject matter. The parents learned about the educated and correct use of health services, about medical rights, obligations, an encouragement to get additional opinions and methods to cope with different situations. Additionally, the parents learned about different diseases although diabetes in particular was presented in a concrete and clear fashion. They learned: how Diabetes arises, what it can lead to, and how you can cope with it. The parents, who very much enjoyed the lecture and learned a lot thanks to the friendly lecturer who conducted the lectures in Amharic, demanded that additional and consistent meetings of this kind take place. They attested that they were very happy that they had come to the meetings and that for them, they were sources of knowledge and learning. 

 

roughout the quarter, lectures were set up for the parents of the pupils in Jaffa under a co-operative framework with the organization “Tene Health” which provides lectures in different languages to members of the Ethiopian Community of the same age group on the subject of health. In these lectures, the parents learned about the educated use of health services and about early diagnoses for common diseases such as diabetes. Among the Ethiopian community, as in the rest of society, there is a high incidence of the disease. The biggest difficulty concerning the Ethiopian Community is the lack of awareness of the disease. The lecture moderator, a Doctor by profession and one of the community members, explained the disease to the participants; its symptoms, the reasons for its development, and she shared with the parents in different ways in which to cope with the disease. The parents responded with great interest and were immersed in the subject matter. The parents learned about the educated and correct use of health services, about medical rights, obligations, an encouragement to get additional opinions and methods to cope with different situations. Additionally, the parents learned about different diseases although diabetes in particular was presented in a concrete and clear fashion. They learned: how Diabetes arises, what it can lead to, and how you can cope with it. The parents, who very much enjoyed the lecture and learned a lot thanks to the friendly lecturer who conducted the lectures in Amharic, demanded that additional and consistent meetings of this kind take place. They attested that they were very happy that they had come to the meetings and that for them, they were sources of knowledge and learning. 

Throughout the quarter, lectures were set up for the parents of the pupils in Jaffa under a co-operative framework with the organization “Tene Health” which provides lectures in different languages to members of the Ethiopian Community of the same age group on the subject of health. In these lectures, the parents learned about the educated use of health services and about early diagnoses for common diseases such as diabetes. Among the Ethiopian community, as in the rest of society, there is a high incidence of the disease. The biggest difficulty concerning the Ethiopian Community is the lack of awareness of the disease. The lecture moderator, a Doctor by profession and one of the community members, explained the disease to the participants; its symptoms, the reasons for its development, and she shared with the parents in different ways in which to cope with the disease. The parents responded with great interest and were immersed in the subject matter. The parents learned about the educated and correct use of health services, about medical rights, obligations, an encouragement to get additional opinions and methods to cope with different situations. Additionally, the parents learned about different diseases although diabetes in particular was presented in a concrete and clear fashion. They learned: how Diabetes arises, what it can lead to, and how you can cope with it. The parents, who very much enjoyed the lecture and learned a lot thanks to the friendly lecturer who conducted the lectures in Amharic, demanded that additional and consistent meetings of this kind take place. They attested that they were very happy that they had come to the meetings and that for them, they were sources of knowledge and learning. 

Parents Workshops in co-operation with the Organization “Tene Health”:

Throughout the quarter, lectures were set up for the parents of the pupils in Jaffa under a co-operative framework with the organization “Tene Health” which provides lectures in different languages to members of the Ethiopian Community of the same age group on the subject of health. In these lectures, the parents learned about the educated use of health services and about early diagnoses for common diseases such as diabetes. Among the Ethiopian community, as in the rest of society, there is a high incidence of the disease. The biggest difficulty concerning the Ethiopian Community is the lack of awareness of the disease. The lecture moderator, a Doctor by profession and one of the community members, explained the disease to the participants; its symptoms, the reasons for its development, and she shared with the parents in different ways in which to cope with the disease. The parents responded with great interest and were immersed in the subject matter. The parents learned about the educated and correct use of health services, about medical rights, obligations, an encouragement to get additional opinions and methods to cope with different situations. Additionally, the parents learned about different diseases although diabetes in particular was presented in a concrete and clear fashion. They learned: how Diabetes arises, what it can lead to, and how you can cope with it. The parents, who very much enjoyed the lecture and learned a lot thanks to the friendly lecturer who conducted the lectures in Amharic, demanded that additional and consistent meetings of this kind take place. They attested that they were very happy that they had come to the meetings and that for them, they were sources of knowledge and learning.

parents of one of the pupils, “We would very much like to have additional lectures of this kind, the lecture was very interesting and important. I would like to thank you and well done to you for sharing this information with us.”

Educational Training and Mentoring in co-operation companies:

Through a shared feeling of wanting to make a true difference, the companies Elop and Samsung Israel opened their doors to the pupils of the  Ariela Foundation and supplied, in this quarter as well as in others, volunteers who work in the companies. These volunteers provided them with educational training and meaningful one-on-one mentoring 

Educational Training and Mentoring in co-operation with the Company Elop:

In this quarter as in others and under a co-operative framework with the company Elop, the pupils were the recipients of tutoring in math, English as well as other school subjects in accordance with the specific needs of each pupil. This scholarly assistance included exam prep, catch-up courses, exercises, thorough revision over the material that had been studied in school and so forth. In this half-year period, the pupils displayed an improvement in their studying in math and English. It is clear that perseverance during tutoring hours and a relationship with the mentors is significant and influences their studies. One student in particular improved his mark in English from 76 to 90 and in math from 70 to 80. One pupil improved her mark in her 4-unit math matriculation by 15 points. Another pupil improved her mark in her 4-unit English matriculation from 75 to 92.

 

A goodbye party and summing up the year. In honour of the year’s end, an end-of-year ceremony was organized at the offices of the company with the students, volunteers and the rest of the team in attendance. To begin, Shimon, the Manager, said a few words in thanks to the pupils and the volunteers. Eli also spoke and exclaimed just how much fun it was to work with the pupils and how eager he was to work with them. The students prepared a number of tributes in thanks and appreciation to the team. The first of such tributes was a speech from one of the pupils about working with Eli, her accomplishments and the contribution that was provided to her. She noted that he helped her in math and understood her from her point of view, while challenging her at the same time. Afterwards, another pupil gave a speech in thanks on behalf of all the students. The pupils even distributed to each mentor a modest gift with a personal card. The volunteers were so excited to receive the tribute and also gave them a modest gift as a souvenir. Additionally, everybody enjoyed a fun game of bowling together and ate pizza.

Educational Training and Mentoring in co-operation with the Company Samsung:

Educational training and one-on-one mentoring meetings in the offices of Samsung with volunteers from the company. A unique and fruitful cooperation between the Ariela Foundation and the company Samsung reached its peak this quarter, during which the pupils presented their substantial accomplishments in various school subjects as well as in feedback that they gave following their work with the mentors. For instance, one pupil got a mark of 100 on a complicated math test. She attributes her success mainly to her tutor at Samsung, who went over the material with her in a comprehensive manner and who developed a strong relationship with her. Furthermore, another student attests that the mentorship she received at Samsung can be used for her as a security network that she will always be able to make use of with a mentor with whom she has a good relationship. Just before the end of the activities for this year and in light of the matriculation period that the students must undergo, a study-intense day was created in which the pupils came to receive educational assistance for a number of hours and additional days in which several pupils would come independently and of their own free will to receive additional assistance after co-ordinating in advance with the team.

Empowering Meetings
Empowering Meetings
Parents Workshops
Parents Workshops

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Exposure to Technology
Exposure to Technology

Dear friends and supporters;

I am pleased to attach the report for the project: Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps

During this quarter we have  continued working on direction, growth and personal development of the participants.

Within the framework of the Foundation  two flagship programs "Vision" and "Star", we have continued to provide a range of empowerment activities, extra classes and exposure in the path to excellence and breakthrough.

During this quarter we have also introduced workshops and new and exciting activities as in the example of the debate workshop, the development of product technology workshops and other special activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to us, for being at our side and assisting us in making the change we wish to generate within the Israeli society.

The Star Program

The Ariela Star Program is a holistic, intensive and ongoing framework that promotes personal, educational and social growth amongst Israeli youngsters of Ethiopian origin. The main objectives for each participant include personal enrichment, development of life skills for success, obtaining a high quality high school diploma, completion of meaningful army service and academic studies.  Acceptance requirements into the program include above average grades, high levels of motivation and parental support

 1.Summary of personal talks with the coordinators summing up six month of studies:

During the academic year personal summary talks were held with the students.  The talks included a survey of the processes and activities undergone by every participant, the places where success was recorded were noted and matters requiring improvement were noted. The talks set personal targets in preparation for the second half of the academic year.  The students shared their fears and difficulties they faced with the move to the high school, but noted with great satisfaction that despite this they had succeeded in their studies and attained high grades.  Some of the participants expressed a wish for more meetings with the educational coordinators, something which sometimes was not possible due to the heavy work load of the timetable and syllabus. The participants noted that within the framework of the activities that had taken place in the first quarter, they had learned a lot about themselves and improved their self-expression skill and social integration.

The Participants speak:

Gila “Last year my mother was not happy with me, but this year she is much more satisfied, she sees that I am persisting with my studies, doing all the tasks and lessons and participating in extra lessons at ariela.  I have greatly improved thanks to the activities at the organization

Hodaya: “I used to be shy even in speaking to taxi drivers or ordering a pizza and I was ashamed to participate in school activities.  Today I am the one who speaks during activities and participates in class”.

Remarkable achievements:

 The student Biote successfully completed the first half with grades of 87 in Math and 85 in English.The student Malkman’s grades shot up and reached 85 in Math compared to 73 last year.

The student Pasika received 80 in English compared to 60 during the previous half, and 100 in Math, and achieved an average certificate grade of 92! Last year Eden failed English, in this half year she received 76

The student Ronit improved her grade in History from 75 last year to 100 this year. The student Asher achieved an average grade of 91. The student Taklala who had difficulties in English last year achieved a grade of 93 in this subject and 93 in Math.

2.The Debate workshop:

As part of the empowerment program the students took part in a special debate workshop, where they learned about the principles of “the art of argument” and tried out practical activity:

The participants were divided into two groups and raised a question for debate, with each group having a different opinion. The participants went up, one after the other, and presented their arguments to the assembly.  The question raised for debate was whether the Ministry of Education should approve schools where Ethiopian immigrants constitute more than 50% of all the students.

The workshop was conducted as a preparation for the coordinator activity on the subject of presentation and self display.

The students’ impressionsStudent “the activity gave me a lot!  I discovered that it was not too complicated to speak when you know what you want to say”. Student:  It was interesting and helpful to learn how to overcome the fear involved in standing before an audience”.

3. Exposure to Technology: 

Application Development:

As part of the Techonlogy  program, the students were invited to “Hackton” a whole day and night marathon where the students were occupied in the development of a smartphone application.  The event took place with the participation of 140 more students from all over Israel in the Google offices in Tel Aviv.  The very fact of going to the impressive building caused great excitement among the group.  The students who were divided up into work groups spent all day and night planning and afterwards developing the application using tools and technologies given to them.  Not only did the Star students “survive” the night, they also succeeded in executing several impressive ideas among them an application to help decide what to wear in the morning, an application for “online” updating of the syllabus and more.

Also in this quarter we continued varied activity in the fields of technology:

-Studying basic programming codes and at the end-developing a game

-Background in html in which the students learned how to build and design their first Internet page

-.A tour of the “Outdesk” company, an international software company.  Getting to know the structure of a Hi-tech company, getting to know the office holders and the various departments and a lecture on development

--A lecture on information security online.

-.A lecture on initiatives:  given by a design graduate of Betsalel during which the students observed a range of product development projects  and patents from all over the world and learned about the process that a product goes through from the idea stage until its actual marketing.

5.Development of leadership & getting to know Israel:

In this quarter the students sent on a two day field trip to the Lower Galilee in the North for which they had planned for about two weeks.  The process for getting ready for the trip was also an experience in itself because in this way the students gained experience in planning, studying about the nature and the environment and also activity for getting know about Israel and its borders, sights & characteristics.  Alongside this content, the students continued to get together and divided up jobs and tool responsibility. It can be summed up that the students showed  improvement and learning compared to the previous trip and the way in which they coped with difficulties.  The program coordinators positively note the adult atmosphere, the enjoyment and educational value the students gained from the trip

6.Additional activities in the Tel Aviv group:

 *An Army preparatory seminar, in conjunction with the “ZinukBaliya” org’ and the Yaffo Lev Center. Becoming acquainted with the selection process for the elite units and a lecture on rights in military service

*A communications and standing before an audience seminar led by the “Ethiopian Population Debate Club”

*Student meetings and mentoring with Samsung where the students continue to meet and reinforce the relationship with the tutors.

*A guest lecture by the founder of the Mimouna website that specializes in raising funds for projects via the Internet

A window to Hi-tech: a lecture on the Hi-tech’s world, what curves exist, what are the salary ranges offered and how to integrate into the field

7.Good deeds day:

The ness Ziona group activity:

Volunteering on the Good Deeds Day at the welfare after school club in Ness Ziona.  They volunteered together with tutors from “El Op”.  The students and the tutors prepared activities for the children including a creativity corner and costumes for Purim, questionnaires with prizes, and they also helped in designing and arranging the place, planted flowers and plants in window boxes, drew attractive pictures on the walls and more.  Finally the students took the after school club children and played ball games with them in the yard.The students summed up the day as a great personal experience.  “The first time I feel like I have made a contribution”, “The activity with the children made me think about things and appreciate myself more…”

The Tel Aviv group activity:

The students, accompanied by volunteers from Samsung company volunteered at the “Gil” special education school where children with learning difficulties such as cerebral palsy, autism and various syndromes  study with the aim of cheering them up before Purim. Notwithstanding the many difficulties anticipated in advance and despite the students being deterred by the meeting with the pupils at the school due to their disabilities, the coordinator and the volunteers did the best they could in order to cheer up the school pupils and with the aim of giving the students a personal example and confidence.  The students and volunteers got the pupils into the festive atmosphere via various activities such as singing together, dancing together and distributing gifts  for Purim

8.Additional notable activities during the quarter:

 Exposure to higher educationactivities and discussion on the subject of the method of selecting a course and getting to know the new fields and subjects

Ambitions and life choices:watching a film about a person suffering from Tourette’s Syndrome and his success despite the difficulty.  A discussion of the subject of  believing in oneself, setting goals and sticking to a task

Presentation before the public: Every student tried to convey a subject before the group and received feedback.  In this activity the students learned about the best way of presenting a subject effectively and provoking interest

 

 

once again thank you for standing by us, enabling us to continue working in order to promote excellence among young people of Ethiopian origin in Israel.

The Debate workshop
The Debate workshop
Good deeds day
Good deeds day
Development of leadership & getting to know Israel
Development of leadership & getting to know Israel

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Technology and Innovations Workshops
Technology and Innovations Workshops

Dear Supporters and Friends,

I am pleased to submit before you the  activity report for the  project:   Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps.

First, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for standing by us, enabling us to continue working in order to promote excellence among young people of Ethiopian origin in Israel.

The report attached herein gives an update on recently launched workshops, unique empowerment activities, and information on cooperation with major corporations with our program

Thank you so much  for your contribution.

The Ariela Foundation's Star program is an intensive and continuous holistic program  that serves as a guiding body and  framework for personal growth,and academic and social processes.  The main goals for every studentincludes exposure and enrichment, developing tools and skills to succeedin life, conclude a quality high school diploma, completing significant military service and academic studies.  The following are updates and details concerning the main activities that have been carried out since our last report

Strengthening Meetings with the Coordinator

In this quarter as well, we have continued in holding strengthening workshops led by the educational coordinators according to the annual structured work plan dealing with moral and very important topics.   

 Here are some of the many activities that were held:

Strengthening meeting on the subject of breaking through:

in this activity, the participants learned how to cope with emotional blocks and  the elements that impede their progress. The students received tools for becoming more familiar with the strengths hidden within them  and how to use these strengths for change and personal growth.  During this meeting, the participants watched inspiring  video documentaries:  for example various handicapped people told about their difficulties and how, in spite of these challenges and against all odds, they made the impossible happen and reached  amazing and inspirational achievements.

Strengthening meeting on the subject on time planning and management:

In this activity, the students discussed with the coordinator the importance of time and its significance. They learned through activity and games that time has a large influences on our lives and that it is better to know how to use  it correctly and more effectively while acquiring practical tools  to do so.  The children were even asked to try their hand at  expressing positions on a high intellectual level during the discussion  by answering material and existential questions concerning the essence of life.

Quotes from the students: "this video of the man without arms and legs taught me that nothing can stop desire, and that I give up sometimes too fast and that is not OK”.

Tutoring and Mentoring Meetings  in Partnership Cooperation  with "ELOP"& “SAMSUNG” Company’s

Sharing a belief for takingsignificant action, ELOP and Samsung Israel opened their gates to the foundation's students and provided volunteers to be at their disposal.  These volunteers provide priceless individual tutoring and mentoring.At ELOP:  Star GaderastudentsGroupmeet every week in the company's offices located in the Nes-Ziona Science park.  Every student has a personal tutor that accompanies them throughout the entire year with the goal to create the best personal relationship possible, to advance them educationally  and assist them in acquiring additional skills, such as: study habits, organization, time management, and more.At Samsung: Star Tel Aviv students Group meet every week in the company's offices located in the Diamond Exchange District in Ramat Gan. The company subsidizes the transportation and provides a hot and nutritious lunch the students enjoy.  In the last quarter, 35 volunteer hours were recorded, which included additional study hours and assistance with homework.

A student: "It was worth it to come to Samsung today and sit together with the other employees for a lecture – it was a really good lecture and also the way it was presented and everything he  spoke about was very inspiring".

A student: "Wow, he is so nice and caring, he never lets me get away with anything! Even if it is hard for me, he doesn't let me go on until I solve the exercise".  Another student added "In the beginning it was hard for me with my tutor because he didn't explain things to me properly, but he understood and since then he really helps me."

Technology and Innovations Workshops

In partnership with the Appleseeds Academy, we began activity for promoting the field of technology among the program's students.The goal of the activities is to introduce the students to the digital and innovative world of technology - with all its facets, broadening their horizons and enriching them with topics of thought and the development of technological initiatives.  

Furthermore, the activity deals with providing tools, skills and techniques for the development and marketing of technological initiatives including actual support in all stages of its production: thought, planning, management, marketing, production and its contribution to various organizations.  In addition, during the course the students are exposed to inspiring technological lectures and tours at companies such as Microsoft, Google and WIX - that recently held a lecture given by a company employee that dealt with planning, designing and building an Internet website.

For completion of this report, we would like you to get to Know Our Educational Coordinators:

 Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator -  Nes-Zionaand Gadera Group

Riki has gained rich professional experience in working with youth in various programs,

such as the ELEM (Helping Youth in Distress) Foundation and during her military service as a soldier-teacher. She holds a bachelor‘s degree in Behavioral Science from Ariel University along with instructor certificates for teaching art and computer graphics.

Riki is deeply familiar with the world of teenage Ethiopian immigrants which allows her to approach counseling with wisdom and sensitivity.

Josh Malada- Educational Coordinator-Tel Aviv-Jaffa Group

Josh is a graduate of Media and Management in the Academic track at the College of Management in RishonLezion. Josh's background is communication, media and advertisement, and he brings his experience fromcommunity and social work. The desire to change the social reality is whatbrought him to us; in the past Josh worked in a number of social programs with teenagers and youth in Israel and the USA, among them the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews and the Jewish Agency.

Once again thank you for your support!

Thanks to you we can  continue working determinedly on changing the lives of Ethiopian immigrants, their families, the community, and society at large.

 

 

 

Team Building Hike
Team Building Hike
Josh   with the group
Josh with the group
Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator
Riki Marsha - Educational Coordinator
Technology and Innovations Workshops 1
Technology and Innovations Workshops 1
Strengthening Meetings
Strengthening Meetings

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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.

 In this quarterly updated, we would like to share one of our success stories, that of Yirus;

 Yirus, who just started the 10th grade at the Nativ Noam Darcha High School in Gedera, is a third year participant of the Ariela Star Program. She is one of the most mature, responsible and motivated participants in her group. She is opinionated, dominant in group dynamics, disciplined and full of ambition.

 During one of the group activities after she heard the personal story of Yael (an older participant of Ariela, role model and a graduate in accounting), Yirus said she was now convinced she could be an accountant and that she was so happy she could meet her and learn from her.

 As part of Ariela activities and throughout the school year, Yirus took part in weekly tutorial sessions with a volunteer mentor from the Conduit high tech company. During a follow up conversation with Yirus and her mother, they both expressed their high level of satisfaction from the tutorial lessons and the great progress that was made in the subject of mathematics. The mother said, “It’s mostly because of Ariela’s help. Yirus was having problems with mathematics and since having a mentor, there is improvement, Yirus talks about how satisfied she is. In general, it is very important for her to continue with Ariela because I can see how important the future of these children is for Ariela.”

 When she grows up, Yirus wants to be an accountant and said, “I am going to finish with a full high school matriculation exam and I will still be with Ariela after my army service. When I become a successful accountant or economist and make money, I will donate back to Ariela.”

 In addition, we would like to share with you our latest video that describes our activities. This video was actually produced by one of our graduates, Alamork. This is the link to the video:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpinqoGfoHs

 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 

Yirus
Yirus

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Doron Klein

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