Assist Ethiopian Jews Bridge Socio-Economic Gaps

 
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Aug 4, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update - April-June 13

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.

 Some of our main activities throughout April - June 2013 included one on one mentoring, tutorial lessons, meetings with role models, journalism workshops, field orienteering workshops, entrepreneurship and technical product development workshops, parenting workshops, “Environment, communications and technology” workshops, phototherapy workshops, interpersonal communications & “Me and my Surroundings” workshops and workshops to increase inclination towards academic studies and to create awareness about future plans, leadership & social involvement workshops,

 We would also like to share a few results (and some pictures) from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

 -One high school female student from Ness Tziona received a grade point average of 85 in English whilst another male high school student from Ness Tziona improved his math score average by 10 points.

 - In the final matriculation tests of a 12th grade participant from Ness Tziona, he received a grade of 95 score in Math and 93 in advanced English.

 - One participant from Tel Aviv – Jaffa improved his grades in mathematics from “Fail” to 80.

 -Another female student from Tel Aviv – Jaffa improved her grade point average from 74 in the first semester to 83 in the second semester.

 -One of our Tel Aviv – Jaffa groups took part in a navigation competition sponsored by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality and were among the best teams, even winning prize money.

 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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May 6, 2013

Ariela Foundation Quarterly Update-Jan-Mar 2013

Parenting Workshops
Parenting Workshops

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.

 Some of our main activities throughout January-March 2013 included one on one mentoring, tutorial lessons, meetings with role models, journalism workshops, field orienteering workshops, entrepreneurship and technical product development workshops, parenting workshops, “Environment, communications and technology” workshops, phototherapy workshops, interpersonal communications & “Me and my Surroundings” workshops and workshops to increase inclination towards academic studies and to create awareness about future plans, leadership & social involvement workshops,

 We would also like to share a few quotes from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

 “I learnt from Barano (a role model journalist of Ethiopian origin) that if you want to succeed in life, you must make an effort today, especially in my studies.”

 “I want to improve my grades in English”, “I want to understand better what I want to do in life,” and “I expect to make more friends.”

 “I want to take part in an interesting and useful volunteering activity, for example, involving groups with special needs…”

 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

Meeting with role model MP Shimon Solomon
Meeting with role model MP Shimon Solomon
First activity for new group of students in Jaffa
First activity for new group of students in Jaffa
Journalism workshop
Journalism workshop

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Feb 10, 2013

Ariela Foundation Update - February 2013

Horse riding lessons as enrichment activities
Horse riding lessons as enrichment activities

                                                                                                                         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.

 Some of our main activities throughout September-December 2012 included workshops to develop personal and social skills, workshops to increase inclination towards academic studies and to create awareness about future plans, workshops about Israeli society + developing/strengthening self-identity, a robotics workshop, a two week long family roots trip to Ethiopia for five participants, a visit to a horse riding stable, one on one personal mentoring and personal tutorial lessons.

 We are also thrilled to announce that in cooperation with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Jaffa Center for Leadership and the Buchman Heyman Foundation, we are about to open a new Star Program group in Jaffa. An introductory evening was held in December for candidates and their parents. We are finalizing the candidate selection process and activities are expected to begin in February.

 We would also like to share a few quotes from our students representing the transformation they are going through as a result of our activities:

“I am really happy to meet Ethiopian role models who have succeeded; it proves that it is possible to succeed in life.”

 “We went through a life changing experience that taught us where we are from and where we are heading in Israeli society, where we represent an inseparable part.”

 “From the meeting with university students I learnt how important it is to invest in your studies today and not waste time in the future by trying to improve old high school grades.”

 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

Robotics workshop
Robotics workshop
Family roots trip to Ethiopia
Family roots trip to Ethiopia
Robotics workshop
Robotics workshop
Family roots trip to Ethiopia - saying goodbye
Family roots trip to Ethiopia - saying goodbye

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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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Aug 21, 2012

Ariela Foundation Update -Star Program August 2012

Heleny
Heleny

                                                                                                                                     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 the personal success story of Heleny, one of our participants of the Star Program activities in Jaffa.

 Heleny, a 15 year old student at the Tzaitlin School in Tel Aviv, immigrated to Israel with her family in 2006 and currently lives in Jaffa as the oldest of three siblings. She provides great assistance to her family by fulfilling day to day chores at home. Heleny joined the Star Program in 2010 and receives assistance that includes tutorial lessons and personal mentoring. In addition, she takes part in a weekly field orienteering workshop and a weekly empowerment workshop which focuses on acquiring life skills.

 She is a responsible and serious student that recently achieved a grade point average of 87 in the 2011-2012 school year. Since joining Ariela, there has been significant change in the way she addresses her studies and the way she perceives their relevance to a successful future. Heleny is a very significant and dominant participant within her Star Program group where her positive contribution is of importance to group dynamics. Her personality is outgoing, enjoys helping others and displays great confidence in public speaking.

 Heleny believes in herself and wishes to pursue her dream of working in the film industry when she grows up. She currently takes part in a film workshop and also likes to dance and sing.

 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

Heleny at a field trip to the Negev(in the middle)
Heleny at a field trip to the Negev(in the middle)

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Project Leader

Doron Klein

Managing Director
Ness Tziona, Israel

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