The integration into the mainstream of Israeli society of the Ethiopian Jewish community is of constant concern to Ono Academic College. Ono initiated a program that recruited Israelis of Ethiopian origin to study for high profile professions in law, business administration and accounting. It began as a pilot project with 50 students in 2002 and today there are over 150 students in the program, 26 of them in graduate studies working towards an MBA.
Our graduates proved the success of the program. Today the graduates can be found working in major law firms, large commercial and public concerns and in Israel's diplomatic core. The education they received at Ono guaranteed their future as professionals and they in turn serve as role models to the Ethiopian community in Israel, the majority of which is under the age of 19.
Our program provides scholarships for each of the participants in this program. We assume success at the beginning, and then provide all the tools necessary to ensure this success. Ono has created a caring support system working around the clock to ensure that problems encountered by our students are solved quickly, guaranteeing progress in their studies. Special courses have been added to our curriculum to assist students from Ethiopian backgrounds succeed in their studies. The program includes studies preparing them to pass professional exams even after they have officially graduated and entered the "internship" part of their training. Ono has taken on the responsibility of finding professional positions for our graduates, a mission supported by all of the academic and administrative staff personally.
This great success story has attracted partners from Jewish communities, organizations and individuals from around the globe. This year Ono Academic College received a three year grant from the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation* for student scholarships. The Jewish Agency, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, UIA Canada and the Ben Gurion Society of Canada, The Columbus Jewish Federation, The Chortek Foundation of San Diego and the late Mr. Mendel Kaplan of Blessed Memory all have joined in supporting this wonderful program. We join our students and graduates in expressing our deepest gratitude for this continued support.
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES
Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists. The Foundation currently manages assets of $706 million (as of 12/31/09) and ranks among the 12 largest Los Angeles foundations. In 2009, The Foundation and its more than 1,000 donors distributed $62 million in grants to hundreds of organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving. The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles supports the program for Ethiopian Israeli students at Ono with generous, three year, full degree scholarships.
For more information, please visit www.jewishfoundationla.org