Ethiopian Community

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SPACE Scholastic Assistance Program in the city of Karmiel

The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) unites global Jewry, the Government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community in its mission to advance the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society. ENP is a partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the Government of Israel, representatives of Ethiopian Jewish community organizations, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Israel (JDC-Israel) and Keren Hayesod-UIA. ENP works in true partnership with the Ethiopian-Israeli community, involving them at local and national levels at every stage of the creation, implementation and evaluation of ENP programs. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is a proud supporter of the SPACE (Scholastic Assistance) program in Karmiel, an after-school program which  aims to ensure the full and successful integration of Ethiopian-Israeli children by enabling them to perform well in school, while increasing self-confidence and addressing social and emotional barriers to their success.  Learn more…

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Social Activism

The Israel AIDS Task Force was founded in 1985 by a group of social activists to promote the general public’s health in relation to AIDS. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports their “Community Mediators Program,” which places Amharic speaking social workers as mediators between Ethiopian olim and support systems. In this way, the Israel Aids Task Force is able to combat the wall of silence around HIV and the lack of health education in the Ethiopian community – a community in which cases of HIV are rising due to population influx. The Task Force focuses their efforts on de-stigmatizing the HIV diagnosis in the Ethiopian community through community outreach via mediator-training, medical programming, and open discussion, as well as preventing further transmission within the community through awareness raising activities.  Learn more…

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Ethiopian-Israeli Nurse Training Program

JobKatif, founded in 2005, provides rehabilitative employment services to different populations in Israel, including Ethiopian-Israelis. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports their Achotenu program, which was launched in 2013 in order to assist Ethiopian young adults to gain acceptance into nursing studies on the basis of culturally compatible criteria, so that they can find stable employment, break out of poverty and integrate into Israeli society. Their current program consists of a preparatory year and four years of academic studies, through a partnership with Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital.  Learn more…

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