Inseparable from aliyah—and equally important—is the smooth integration of Jews who come home to Israel.

Successful absorption is essential in fulfilling their dreams and Israel’s potential. The Jewish Agency takes a multidimensional approach to soften the landing for immigrants. Absorption Centers, and the programs held therein, serve as the critical first steps.

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Empowerment Through Opportunity

Empowerment Through Opportunity
Most of the new Ethiopian immigrant families arrive at the Lod and Beit Canada Barnea (Ashkelon) Absorption Centers unprepared for the complexities and challenges of starting their lives anew. Particularly for women, the frustrations of finding employment, learning a language, and rebuilding a home are exacerbated by traditional patriarchal family structure and notions of femininity and familial responsibilities. In an effort to provide meaningful employment opportunities and empowering experiences, the Jewish Agency for Israel launched the “Golden Hands” initiative. These programs are built on the two-pronged belief that immigrant women can utilize their skills to become contributing members of Israeli society without abandoning
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their talents and their heritage, as well as the conviction that their wares can be developed into a profitable business that will generate empowerment, esteem, and income. A group of native Israeli women from the region surrounding the absorption centers began the crosscultural artistic interaction of Israeli and Ethiopian women. This program allows exceptionally skilled newly arrived Ethiopian immigrant women to create beautiful embroidery, needlework, and pottery in a nurturing forum. Through the “Golden Hands” programs, these women are given an opportunity to engage in activities they enjoy, establish regular work habits and skills, and earn an income that contributes to their family’s life in Israel.

Golden Hands:
Ethiopian Embroidery and Pottery at Jewish Agency Absorption Centers
Integration into Israeli society occurs in numerous ways; the Jewish Agency for Israel facilitates many educational, social and vocational programs that encourage and ease the transition of new immigrants as they build their lives in their ancestral homeland. Through art and craftwork, this program empowers new Ethiopian immigrant women to improve their lives in Israel.

While the State of Israel has achieved tremendous advances since its founding, ever-widening gaps have developed between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’ Through equal educational, recreational, and social opportunities, the Jewish Agency for Israel is developing valuable human resources and creative capital that contribute to Israel’s future and change the lives of its young people.

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From Risk to Opportunity

From Risk to Opportunity
The Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Village, located near Netanya, is jointly owned by the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America. The village provides a normative, residential environment where immigrant and native Israeli youth-at-risk receive the educational, therapeutic, and social intervention required for them to flourish. “Designed for Success” is a unique initiative at Hadassah Neurim that aims to help youth at risk develop self esteem through work in a creative and a supportive environment designing and producing jewelry. Participants also learn business skills including management, production, inventory, bookkeeping, and marketing. Some of Israel’s top jewelry designers teach in the program. Program participants utilize the various creative techniques they learn to produce original, self-designed products including bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Fifteen boys and girls, between the ages of 16-18, are currently enrolled in this jewelry program. The group has been working with Israeli based companies to expand product promotion and sales. The “Designed for Success” program provides the motivated, enthusiastic teens of Hadassah Neurim an opportunity to learn a trade, feel part of a team, and experience responsibility. Beyond their jewelry crafts, each participant is also assigned a task that furthers the development and marketing efforts of the program.

Jewelry Design by Youth-at-Risk at Jewish Agency Hadassah Neurim Youth Aliyah Village
Through various educational, social, artistic, and cultural intervention, the Jewish Agency for Israel provides disadvantaged young adults a more positive and enriching future. With enhanced self-esteem and channels of creativity, these young people truly become contributing members of Israeli society.

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