Community Awareness Raising

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The lack of sufficient access to information regarding individual rights and social entitlements is a serious obstacle to the successful integration of the Ethiopian community in Israel. Many immigrants are ill-equipped to maneuver Israel’s complex bureaucracy and utilize the full range of services available to them. To address these challenges, Tebeka coordinates workshops, conferences and lectures that aim to raise the community’s awareness about their rights and responsibilities in Israel. Tebeka hosts a regular radio show in Hebrew and Amharic, as well as publishes informative literature in both languages. Tebeka also holds seminars in high schools, community centers and absorption centers where students, young adults, parents and community elders learn how to handle basic bureaucratic tasks, engage with public officials, write proper correspondences, negotiate a labor contract, utilize small claims court, and much more.
The result is a better-informed Ethiopian Israeli community whose members are aware of their rights and responsibilities, and equipped with the tools to claim them.
Youth Programs
Although most Ethiopian Jews have been in Israel for almost a generation, many families still struggle with the challenges of integration. While older generations remain stuck in their traditional ways and strive to find their place in their new society, children are quick to find their way and to distance themselves from their traditional ways. This often results in a loss of authority amongst parents, as children view them as irrelevant and inadequate.
Indeed, as the child acculturates to the new society, learns the language and culture, makes friends and succeeds in school, the parents are often left behind. There is a link missing between schools, teachers and parents when it comes to Ethiopian Israeli families, and this misunderstanding and lack of communication often leads to frustration on both sides.
Moreover, Ethiopian Israeli teens face the challenge of forming an identity in a society with conflicting messages. On the one had Ethiopian Israelis feel different: they have a different heritage, mother tongue and color, yet on the other hand they feel the same: they speak Hebrew, feel Israeli and know no other homeland.