Newsletter 37 - August 2021

Rosh Hashanah 2021 , KHA Newsletter- Vol. 37     הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends and Alumni,

Keren Hanan Aynor thanks you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to our work. We wish you and your family a Shana Tova - a Sweet New Year!

We would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Mr Shimon Solomon, a long time Keren Hanan Aynor board member and former member of Knesset, on his post as Israel’s ambassador to Angola .

Mr Solomon served as a member of Knesset and the chair of the network for Israel- Africa relations, directed youth villages in Rwanda, as well as the Silver Educational Youth Village in Israel.

KHA has started a new computer fund for students in need.  $500 provides a student with a laptop computer.  Help us help them begin their studies this Autumn with all the tools to succeed! For more info and to donate, please write to Amy at office@kerenaynor.org.il
Rosh hashanah 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 37   הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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“In academia, I believe we should be equals!”
N. T.
MBA program at Kiryat Ono College, age 44, married with four children
N is determined, enthusiastic and driven to succeed in an effort to move ahead in the development of her career.  Despite the challenges that this past year brought with it, including remote learning, raising small children and changes in her job, N will not let Covid challenges deter her from learning and completing her MBA. In our conversation, I was struck by N’s ability to firmly stand her ground and face challenges in her life with the utmost grace and humility.
N was born in Ethiopia and made Aliya in 1984 during Operation Moses at the tender age of 7.  She recalls her absorption process as smooth and relatively easy and attributes that positive experience to her young age and ability to learn Hebrew and integrate quickly. The family lived in a small town in Northern Israel, however N’s father dreamed of moving to Jerusalem and building their life there.  Several years later they moved to Jerusalem and following that, to a nearby Jerusalem suburb.  As a teen, N was a very good student and excelled in her studies.  In high school she majored in chemistry and completed her matriculation exams with very high grades.
N has fond memories of her interactions with Sarah Aynor twenty years ago and the warmth, caring and support she received from Keren Aynor at the time.  N was waiting for the right time to return to do a masters degree and is grateful to be receiving KHA support once again. She is very much enjoying her studies and is thrilled to be moving ahead with her career. She views academia as a place where all students should have equal opportunities – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and age. She plans to apply for a civil service/ government position following the completion of her degree and is determined to climb the corporate ladder.  She feels a sense of accomplishment in her studies and is proud to be a role model to her children as they too will enter the academic world one day soon.  We, at KHA are proud of her ongoing commitment to her studies and recognize her amazing ability to juggle work, a masters degree and her children simultaneously.
Rosh Hashanah 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 37     הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Special Thank Yous
We would like to extend our gratitude to the Weiss family for their continued partnership and dedication to our students.
Their incredible generosity will help us support twenty Ethiopian Israeli students in the coming academic year!
Additionally, the Heilbrunn family has renewed their gift this year and will be helping KHA support ten students this year.  Thank you for your commitment and generosity!
What's new at Keren Aynor?

*a new streamlined on line application system
  • According to the 2015 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Report, in 2014 there were 2,774 Ethiopian- Israelis enrolled in higher education as compared to 331,650 among the general population.  This represented 9% of the Ethiopian Israeli 20-29 population as compared to 24.7% of the general population.
  • The median age for an Ethiopian student studying for a first degree is slightly higher, 26.5, than among the general population at 25.5.
  • In the past 25 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has helped to close this education gap by distributing more than 3,900 scholarships and supporting more than 1,850 students
  • In the past 5 years, over 95% of Keren Hanan Aynor students have successfully completed the academic year.
  • In the past 10 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has turned away an average of 51% of qualified applicants due to lack of funds.  
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