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Inseparable from aliyah – and equally
                               important – is the smooth integration
Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center                                     Facilities include a mother-baby health center, day ...
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Mevasseret zion

  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 new immigrants– with absorption centers serving as the first critical step. Printed at the Jewish Agency PARTNERING WITH PURPOSE, ALL OVER THE WORLD. Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center 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.
  2. 2. Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center Facilities include a mother-baby health center, day care facilities, a nursery school, health clinics, classrooms, a youth center, Starting a New Life in Israel The Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center, established in 1999, is a computer room and a multi-purpose sports field. the largest Jewish Agency Absorption Center in Israel. Located in the town of Mevasseret Zion, five miles west of Jerusalem, the Innovative programs include: Absorption Center houses some 1200 new immigrants. Close to fifty percent are children and youth under the age of 18. • Yesodot/Foundations - multi-level enrichment initiatives For new immigrants from Ethiopia, that prepare children and teens for a lifetime of learning the supportive environment of the The goal of the Absorption Center is to bridge the and address their social, emotional and scholastic needs. overwhelming gap from Ethiopia to Israel’s modern, fast-paced Mevasseret Zion Absorption Center • Building Healthy Teen Relationships - workshops that society and to assist new immigrants to purchase their own focus on the complex issues faced by teenagers, especially provides an essential sheltered home within a year of their arrival. A large staff of dedicated new immigrants, with emphasis on building healthy “first home” during the difficult professionals, including veteran Ethiopians, and volunteers, assist the new immigrants, from toddlers to seniors, in starting a relationships. period following arrival. It is new life in Israel. • Caring about Education - workshops to introduce parents to here that newcomers receive the the Israeli school system and assist them in taking an active support, guidance and tools they Adults are immediately immersed in Hebrew language classes role in their children’s education. (ulpan), where they also learn about their entitlements as Israeli need to achieve independence and • A Big Smile - teaches children aged 3-5 good dental citizens. All of the school-age children are streamlined into local hygiene, from brushing daily to healthy eating habits. acclimate to their new life in Israel. religious schools. Afternoons are filled with a broad range of tailored enrichment activities for children and adults, tutoring • Senior Center - engages seniors in art and exercise classes and periodic trips to become acquainted with the land and the taught by professionals. people of Israel. During their stay at the Absorption Center, all new immigrants learn about and celebrate Jewish holidays and life-cycle events.