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For the past two decades, Keren Hanan Aynor has been instrumental in supporting first and second generations of Ethiopian Jewry Aliya in acquiring higher education and as such, has been promoting a dynamic and influential group of young leaders who serve as role models for the Ethiopian Israeli community and Israeli society at large.

Donate a $1,000 scholarship today and you will encourage the success of the next doctor, engineer, chemist or biologist in the Ethiopian community!

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Keren Hanan Aynor (Hebrew for: The Hanan Aynor Foundation) is Israel's most veteran and prestigious scholarship program for Israelis of Ethiopian descent. The organization was established in 1994 in memory of former Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia, the late Hanan Aynor.   During his tenure as Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia from 1971-73, Aynor played a crucial role in making Ethiopian Jewry's Aliya to Israel a dream come true.

For the past two decades, the Foundation has been instrumental in supporting first and second generations of this Aliya in acquiring higher education and as such, has been promoting a dynamic and influential group of young leaders who serve as role models for the Ethiopian Israeli community and Israeli society at large.

Since its inception, the organization has provided over 3,151 selected students with financial scholarships to support their education, as well as personal guidance, support and encouragement during the course of their studies to assist them in completing their degrees.

Renowned alumni include, but are not limited to the current generation of community leaders – Shlomo Molla, former Knesset Member; Sigal Kanotopsky, CEO of "Olim Beyahad"; Mr. Asher Elias, social entrepreneur and founder of Tech-Career; Dr. Hadas Malade-Masersta, a physician in the Israeli Air Force; and Mr. Shai Fredo, theater and television actor.

Keren Aynor boasts a high success rate with more than 98% of the programs' participants successfully completing their studies!

This coming Rosh Hashana we invite YOU to join us and support Keren Hanan Aynor's scholars!

How can you help?

Science Scholarships for advanced degrees

The majority of Ethiopian-Israeli students are enrolled in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. There are various reasons for this, including:

1) Ethiopian Israelis usually live in peripheral areas. Municipal investment in each student in these areas is significantly lower than in the center of the country. This fact prevents the students from realizing their full potential in the matriculation exams. As a result of their lower scores, many science tracks are not available to them.

2) According to empirical studies, the psychometric exam has a cultural-bias preventing Ethiopian-Israelis from demonstrating their full potential. Low scores in the psychometric exams further reduce these young adults' ability to enroll in exact sciences' faculties.

3) The number of Ethiopian Israelis who have successfully attained academic degrees in the exact sciences is low. The absence of role models leads even those who do meet the academic requirements, to shy away from these fields of study.

Keren Aynor needs your support! Help us support more young Ethiopian Israelis as they study exact sciences. Donate a $1,000 scholarship today and you will encourage the success of the next doctor, engineer, chemist or biologist in the Ethiopian community!

Academic Scholarships for single mothers

Keren Hanan Aynor seeks support not only for outstanding students, but for every Ethiopian Israeli who desires higher education as a means to get ahead in Israeli society. One of the main groups we support within the community is single mothers.

According to studies conducted in recent years by major research institutes in Israel, Israeli women earn significantly less than men and Ethiopian Israelis earn less than any other Jewish group in the country. Thus, the earning capacity of Ethiopian women is extremely limited. As such, Ethiopian Israeli single mothers experience a real struggle when attaining higher education. At times, these are women who raise four or five children, and are the sole breadwinners.

Keren Hanan Aynor is privileged to help these remarkable women who, despite their difficult circumstances, seek higher education in order to better their lives. These women, who juggle employment while studying and raising their children, face enormous challenges. Despite the obvious difficulties that they face, such women are incredibly motivated and hardworking and often become leaders within their community. Join us and contribute a $1,000 scholarship to assist these courageous women on their journey to a better future!

To learn more about Keren Aynor, please visit our website at: http://www.kerenaynor.org.il

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