Leaders of the Future

OUR WHY

The need for our program arises from the alarming sociological status quo of the Ethiopian Community in Israel and disturbing downward trends. The adjustment process in being transplanted from a patriarchal rural shepherding culture to a modern society has been difficult and sadly destructive to the family structure.

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FROM A PATRIARCHAL RURAL SHEPHERDING CULTURE

TO A MODERN SOCIETY

In many cases the parents have been unable to adjust. Consequently, a large proportion of parents work as unskilled and contracted laborers or live on welfare. This reality has diminished their authority and the ability to provide guidance and support to their children which in turn has created a younger generation prone to delinquency in growing numbers. 

Even today, 30 years after Operation Moses and despite slow gradual improvement that has occurred over the years, the Israeli-Ethiopian community still lags significantly behind the general population in every social parameter ranging from education to employment. 

Today, approximately 135,500 Ethiopian immigrants are living in Israel. Of these, 85,900 were born in Ethiopian and 49,600 born in Israel.

The statistics are cause for concern. In a comparison of achievement gaps, Ethiopian-Israeli children swiftly fall behind their peers, and by the 8th grade the gap is nearly insurmountable, few Ethiopian-Israeli high school students matriculated last year at 5 units of mathematics, an unusually high percentage of Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers end up spending time in jail at some point during their army service and out of 13,800 students enrolled at the Technion only 14 (0.1%) of them are of Ethiopian descent.

Operation Moses: 30 Years After - Exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot 2016

Going home. Operation Moses

TO FIND A CAUSE THAT'S LARGER THAN YOURSELF AND THEN GIVE YOUR LIFE TO IT

~Simon Peres

GET INVOLVED

We're looking to find visionary partners and donors who share our belief in providing equal opportunity to Israeli-Ethiopian youth and thereby promoting a more just and unified Israeli society. With your help our programs can continue to expand throughout Israel, contact us today and make a difference. 

Haifa, Israel 

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