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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.
Atty. Tali Dejin
Attorney After graduating with an LLB from Kiryat Ono Academic College in 2007, I worked in the criminal division of the Tel Aviv District Attorney's Office. I’m now delighted to be working in Tebeka’s Legal Aid Clinic in Rehovot.
Rachel Present Schreter, Director of Resource Development and International Relations
Rachel comes to Tebeka with tremendous experience in the North American Jewish community. She grew up in Rochester, NY, and attended Brandeis University. After college, she worked as both a staff member for a member of Congress and a lobbyist for the Jewish Federations of North America, before making aliyah to Israel by herself in 2009. Rachel then spent two years in the International Relations department at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, before joining Tebeka in 2013. Rachel is deeply passionate about helping the Ethiopian community connect strategically with Jewish communities around the world.

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Atty. Ariel Azala, Director of Tebeka's Petah Tikvah branch
From high-school to military service, I have always enjoyed being in active, leadership positions. After serving as a commander for three years, I went on to obtain my BA in Law and Governance (Diplomacy and Strategy) and passed the Bar in 2010. When looking to enter the job market, I naturally gravitated towards Tebeka, an organization whose work is essential in creating a more egalitarian society, with the values of justice and equality at its core.
Avivit Kabeda
Ayelet Galanti , Office Administrator

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Asfaw Nagesh , Community Programs Coordinator

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