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Rishon L'zion English Presentation

  1. 1. building community developing responsibility empowering citizens taking action
  2. 2. our mission Friends by Nature works toward the successful integration of Ethiopian Israeli immigrants into Israeli society by creating sustainable community networks, implementing educational programs, strengthening the family unit, renewing neighborhoods and creating social change through community empowerment .
  3. 3. from Ethiopia to Israel The Ethiopian-Jewish community’s connection with Israel dates back to the time of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
  4. 4. from Ethiopia to Israel <ul><li>There were 3 main forms of transportation from Ethiopia to Israel: </li></ul><ul><li>River (Op. Moses, 1982) </li></ul><ul><li>Walk (Op. Moses, 1984) </li></ul><ul><li>- Fly (Op. Shlomo, 1991) </li></ul>
  5. 5. from Ethiopia to Israel <ul><li>Life in Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>Completely self-sufficient </li></ul><ul><li>Elders were highly respected, children were responsible for important household tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Eating was a family-oriented activity and never done alone </li></ul>
  6. 6. from Ethiopia to Israel Friends by Nature’s perception of the Ethiopian Jewish community is based on the community’s strengths. Rural Ethiopian village Shapira neighborhood, Gedera
  7. 7. Community Garin: A group of young families and singles who move to at-risk neighborhoods to initiate innovative community programming that develops social and educational responsibility. the connecting link
  8. 8. community garin programs <ul><li>“ Homework at Home” </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Center </li></ul><ul><li>Community Gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of Young Adults </li></ul>
  9. 9. community garin programs Community Gardening <ul><li>Improve environment, quality of life and the neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes health and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Creates civic engagement, increased pride and a sense of belonging </li></ul>
  10. 10. community garin programs Youth Centers <ul><li>Build life skills and provide youth with afternoon activities </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: music/computer classes, nature-related outings </li></ul><ul><li>Works in conjunction with local schools </li></ul>
  11. 11. community garin programs Integrating Young Adults <ul><li>Support young adults post-army service </li></ul><ul><li>In exchange for volunteering, students receive stipends or education and employment resources </li></ul><ul><li>Role models for community </li></ul>
  12. 12. overseas relationships
  13. 13. how you can be involved After initial funding for many of Friends by Nature’s programs, FBN is looking for continued monetary support for their most successful projects. www.friendsbynature.org www.friendsofethiopianjews.org [email_address]

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