Inseparable from
                                aliyah – and equally
                                important – is the
Building a New
Beit Canada Barnea Absorption Center                                                                       ...
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  1. 1. Inseparable from aliyah – and equally important – is the smooth integration of Jews who come home to Israel. Successful absorption is essential to fulfilling their dreams and Israel’s potential. The Jewish Agency takes a multidimensional approach to soften the landing for immigrants – with absorption centers serving as the critical first step. Printed at the Jewish Agency PARTNERING WITH PURPOSE, ALL OVER THE WORLD. The Jewish Agency is funded by The Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, major Jewish communities and federations, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, foundations and donors from Israel and around the world. Beit Canada Barnea Absorption Center
  2. 2. Building a New Beit Canada Barnea Absorption Center Life in Israel The Beit Canada Barnea Absorption Center is home to more than prepares them for a lifetime of learning and addresses their social, Located in Ashkelon on the shore 440 new immigrants from Ethiopia. It is one of many Jewish Agency emotional and scholastic needs. The program includes Jewish holiday absorption centers throughout the country that help Israel’s newest celebrations, a learning center, after school tutoring ,computer of the Mediterranean Sea, the citizens realize their dream of becoming part of the Jewish state. education, bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall and a Jewish Agency’s Beit Canada Big Brother and Sister program. Residents participate in intensive Hebrew ulpan classes, cultural and Barnea Absorption Center social activities, empowerment workshops and employment retraining Beit Canada Barnea is located in Ashkelon, a southern city terrorized by the constant threat of Kassam rocket fire. Since the beginning of provides a warm, first home for programs. The Center’s dedicated staff supports immigrants through every step of the absorption process, helping them to find new homes, the Second Intifada in 2000 and throughout the Gaza War, the city has new immigrants. Newcomers secure employment and enroll their children in school. Those in need suffered brutal rocket attacks which have inflicted serious physical and emotional damage. A new program was introduced at the Absorption receive not only housing, but the also receive medical care and counseling. Center to provide adults and children with special workshops that support and guidance they need The unique Yesodot/Foundations enrichment program gives use drama and puppet therapy, bibliotherapy, yoga and relaxation children and teens immediate, targeted support for their new life in to successfully integrate into the techniques to help them cope with the ongoing trauma resulting from Israel. The multi-level, multi-age program builds their self-esteem, these terrifying attacks. fabric of Israeli society.