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Aliyah and Absorption

 

Bringing new energy, culture and human capital to the State of Israel caring for our soldiers’ future: helping lone soldiers start civilian life

Most of the 700 lone soldiers discharged from the IDF each year are new olim without means. Lacking the support and guidance of immediate family, they find themselves facing civilian life in Israel entirely alone. The WINGS program provides these soldiers with a pre-discharge package designed to ease the difficult transition from military to civilian life. It includes courses and seminars on education, employment, housing, career counseling and interpersonal skills. It also offers a small grant to help them start their new lives.

Giving Ethiopian Olim a headstart

Thousands of Ethiopian olim living on absorption centers benefit from programs that provide crucial educational skills and understanding of modern-day Israeli society. These programs provide parents with tools to understand the world in which their children will live, and assist them in integrating more easily into Israeli school and social life.

 

Your support gave thousands ‘Aliya on a Red Carpet’ Program

Within 24 hours olim are helped to stand on their own feet through aliyah fairs, which provide information on housing options, registration with health funds, and many more services.

 


Absorption Centres

A first home in the Jewish homeland

Aliyah and Absorption are still a major resource for ensuring Israel’s growth and security

Over 10,000 Olim currently benefit from vital absorption support provided by Israel’s Absorption Centres. Among them are Ethiopian Olim in need of direct social and educational care and intensive acclimatisation to modern culture and society. Israel’s Olim receive a six-month ulpan (Hebrew language immersion program), with the option of living on an Absorption Centre. Olim from Ethiopia are provided with additional educational and social support and often require a second year of accommodation at an Absorption Centre before becoming self-sufficient.


Ethiopian National Project(ENP)

The ENP Effect - swift results with a grass roots spirit

Reversing entrenched cycles of poverty, low educational achievement and high crime rates within the Ethiopian-Israeli community, the ‘ENP effect’ has become blatantly visible wherever ENP programs are implemented.

Capitalizing on the community’s understanding of their own needs and the strong leadership of successful young Ethiopian Israelis, the ENP confronts the key obstacles facing the community’s Year 7 to Year 12 students. ENP social and cultural Outreach Centres have proven an attractive and effective drawing point for community youth. 96% of those involved in the Outreach Centres stay in school.


Youth Futures

Gives real opportunity a real chance

By focusing individual attention on thousands of marginalized children nationwide, Youth Futures succeeds in breaking through the seemingly impenetrable social and psychological obstacles that stand between acutely disadvantaged children and the opportunity for a bright fulfilling future.

Youth Futures’ young post-army aged “trustees” (counsellors) are trained to identify the individual strengths and aptitudes of every child in their care and utilize existing community resources to their advantage.

During 2010, Youth Futures gave 10,000 children a chance to develop their strongest skills and break out of negative social and educational patterns. Youth Futures has enjoyed unprecedented success in mainstreaming marginalized underprivileged children.

Last year, Youth Futures operated in 31 localities in the Negev, Jerusalem and the Galilee, but a great effort is now required in order to sustain this vital program at its current level.

“I have seen so much change in the children as a result of the program. Suddenly they feel that they are able to achieve. Their increased confidence and growing self-image has created a snowball effect in their class, their school, their family and their community.” Avital Elimelech, Youth Futures trustee in Nazereth Elit

Over 40% of Youth Futures children are new Olim or children of Olim. Last year Youth Futures gave 10,000 marginalised children and youth the change they needed to get their lives on track.


Fighting Poverty by Creating Opportunity

Youth Villages

Established in the 1930’s to absorb orphaned and destitute children arriving in Palestine,Youth Villages quickly became a safe haven for immigrant children fleeing Holocaust-torn Europe and North African countries during the 1930’s-1950’s.

Social and Peripheral Development

Today Israel’s Youth Villages provide intensive social and educational care for hundreds of disadvantaged and orphaned youth, equipping them with the social and educational skills they need to complete high school, enlist in the IDF and take their place as confident and productive members of mainstream society. For many of Israel’s children, Youth Villages provide a one-time opportunity for a stable, enriched childhood in beautiful surroundings.


Ayalim – Israel’s New Pioneers

Conquering New Social and Educational Frontiers

Ayalim is a new model of settlement and social action in which vision and reality go hand in hand. By offering housing and academic scholarships in return for community service, this initiative provides young people with a social commitment and the opportunity to settle in Israel’s periphery to serve as agents of change. This cutting-edge project supported by Keren Hayesod is spearheading real change in distressed neighbourhoods.

Over 430 students live in eight Ayalim communities around the country. Each one volunteers 400 hours of community service annually, working with and serving as a role model for disadvantaged youth. It is hoped that after completing their education, the students will feel committed to the area and settle there permanently, helping to create new employment opportunities and services that benefit the general population. 


Amigour

Answering the needs of Israel’s elderly

Supported by Keren Hayesod - UIA donors, Amigour sheltered housing for the elderly provides its residents with more than a roof over their heads. For thousands of Holocaust survivors and new immigrant residents who arrived penniless from the former Soviet Union, it provides cultural and social enrichment in a safe, supportive living environment.


Young Communites

Young Israeli’s ignite social action

Last year, an energetic spirit of social activism inspired 500 young Israelis to form groups of Young Communities and settle in Israel’s most disadvantaged towns and neighborhoods, where they contributed their skills to assisting weaker populations at a community level. 


Net@ – From High Risk to Hi-Tech

A rigorous four-year extracurricular program, Net@ gives average high school students from disadvantaged areas the chance to qualify as computer technicians and systems administrators. Emphasizing community values, coexistence and leadership as an integral part of the program, Net@ requires all its students to do active voluntary work.

Net@ is currently bridging the hi-tech education gap between Israel’s affluent areas and disadvantaged areas that only a few years ago seemed insurmountable. It has opened up a new world of opportunity to thousands of youths.

The youngest of eight children growing up in Sderot, Bat Kakon (pictured) was barely achieving average marks when she began the Net@ program. With motivation and support she graduated Net@ and was recruited into the elite IDF Information and Computers Corps where she is currently serving as an instructor.

 

“Net@ opened a door for me that completely changed my future. I think it is very important that other students like me are given the same chance I had to succeed.”

500 students are hoping to participate in Net@ next year. Their hopes can be realized with your support.


Jewish FSU Summer & Winter Camps –Giving Jewish Youth a Jewish Spirit

Criss-crossing the FSU in 44 locations, Jewish Agency summer and winter camps are moving previously dormant Jewish souls into action. Run by integrated teams of motivated native FSU counsellors and young Israeli emissaries, these lively camps embody a true spirit of Israel-Diaspora partnership. Most importantly, the camps act as a catalyst to further Jewish involvement. Children who have participated in camps are more likely to join Jewish youth clubs and become involved in Jewish life.

26 year-old Masha Enislavskaya from Western Siberia already knew about Israel from her older sister, but it was only when she volunteered to be a counsellor at a Jewish Agency summer camp that she experienced her first real connection to Israel.

"It was a wonderful, intense experience. I met enthusiastic counsellors like myself who came from all over the FSU and from Israel. There was an amazing bond between us. The Jewish Agency summer camps across the FSU have sparked Jewish renewal among the younger generation. They have given thousands of Jewish children, youth and young adults pride and joy in being Jewish."

As many as 13,000 children between the ages of 7-18 have benefited from Jewish camps in a single year. Next year only 4,500 children will go to camp unless new sources of funding are found.