Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ) is a non-profit organization
working to further the cause of equal access to educational and employment opportunities
for all Ethiopian Israelis.
Based in Jerusalem, with
field workers in a number of other cities, IAEJ takes a four-pronged approach
towards advancing the absorption and integration of Ethiopian immigrants into
mainstream Israeli society:
1. Skilled Advocacy:
IAEJ lobbies on behalf of Ethiopian rights to influence policy decisions, and
works with Members of Knesset and government ministries to educate them about
barriers to successful integration.
2. Strategic Planning: IAEJ helps
create and sustain an empowered citizenry, working with a network of community
leaders to advocate for Ethiopian Israelis at the local and national level, and
vis-â-vis Jews in the Diaspora. We also provide training, resources, and
guidance to community development coalitions.
3. Research and Analysis:
IAEJ is the community authority on Ethiopian absorption. We provide up-to-the-minute
statistics and information to support advocacy efforts and policy planning.
Legal Aid: IAEJ utilizes the legal system to assist Ethiopian Israelis
on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to education, National
Insurance, housing, rights infringements, financial support and general legal
The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ)
was redefined and established in 1993 by Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, following the
groundbreaking work done by its American founder Dr. Graenum Berger. Beginning
in 1969, he and his colleagues were the visionary force behind the bringing of
Ethiopian Jews to Israel, finally accomplished in 1991. Today, many of the same
pioneers of the "operations" are still serving in different capacities
within the Association. Our mission has become focused on the integration of the
community within Israeli society as the next step in the struggle.
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