Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, Executive Director
Fentahun Assefa-Dawit joined Tebeka in October 2013 with both great experience and deep personal commitment. He grew up in Ethiopia, learning Hebrew while praying to come to Israel with his family. He fled Ethiopia when he was about to be drafted into the army; with all paths to Israel closed, he spent seven years in Montreal, Canada. He then made aliyah to Israel in 1994. After some time in the hi-tech sector, Fentahun realized his true calling was working with the Ethiopian community to assist in their successful integration into Israeli society. He worked for the Jewish Agency, running two immigrant absorption centers in northern Israel, guiding their residents through the 2006 Second Lebanon War that took place at their door. As a result of his work there, he was asked to serve as a representative of Keren HaYesod in Sydney, Australia, which he did for the past five years with tremendous success. Fentahun holds a degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and lives with his wife and children in Ashdod.