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Journey to Identity

An integrated course for youth, instilling knowledge & pride in Ethiopian heritage, strengthening Israeli identity, culminates in a roots trip to Ethiopia. Netanya, Givat Olga

Rationale

Teens, especially those of Ethiopian origin, who were raised in Israel, face a real identity crisis. They do not feel completely Israeli or completely Ethiopian. As a result, they have a tendency to be ambivalent towards both cultures. Instilling a sense of pride in their heritage, belonging in Israel, boosting self-confidence, and imparting leadership skills can help them feel a more positive connection to the community

Target Audience

15-20 Teenagers, mainly from the Ethiopian community

Objectives

Strengthening Israeli identity and the connection with their heritage 
Developing motivation for social initiative

Duration

6-month course and 7-8 days journey

Results

90% feel a sense of belonging and pride in Jewish-Ethiopian identity and being Israeli
88% feel that the trip to Ethiopia has improved their connection to the Ethiopian heritage
42% feel discrimination
There is a high motivation to volunteer

Location

Netanya | Givat Olga | Rishon Lezion

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