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Education is the way,
Man is the Goal


(A.D. Gordon) 

The YOEL Program strives to enable young Ethiopian Israelis to participate in quality academic studies, with a view to achieving suitable employment and social mobility.  

The YOEL Program  

(Yotzei Ethiopia Le Academia Eichutit - Hebrew for:  Ethiopians descendent to a quality academia)


The YOEL Program strives to enable young Ethiopian Israelis to participate in quality academic studies, with a view to achieving suitable employment and social mobility.  


The YOEL program operates under the auspices of the Chiburim Association. Chiburim, a registered non-profit association, strongly believes in the power of education to promote social and economic mobility for underprivileged populations, thus affording  members of these populations an opportunity for significant change.


The YOEL Program is targeted towards young men and women of Ethiopian descent, who have fulfilled their military or national service, and strive academic studies.  YOEL participants are ambitious, highly motivated and willing to invest time and effort in achieving their goals.


The YOEL Program was founded  in 2009 and is  volunteers driven at all levels.  The program is funded solely by private donations.

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Did you know?


  • The percentage of Ethiopian-origin students is half compared to the percentage of students in Jewish society.

  • Ethiopian Israelis experience difficulties in meeting the entrance requirements for higher  education institutions.

  • The information about academic studies and employment is scarce  in the community.

  • Ethiopian origin academics encounter barriers in finding suitable employment.

  • The academic preparatory programs are the solution,  providing a second chance  to  study in academic institutions.

  • However, the success rate of Ethiopian Israeli students in the academic preparatory programs is low.

  • YOEL Program’s goal is to assist Israelis of Ethiopian descent to succeed in the academic preparatory programs and in quality academic studies later on.

Yoel areas of assistance:


  • Scholarships for dormitory accommodation during the program.

  • Individual tutoring and academic support

  • Individual mentoring

  • Weekly group activities and workshops to empower, improve skills and enhance knowledge.

Our achievements

250   YOEL Graduates
190   Students in accredited                                academic institutions.
90% Find suitable employment.


120   Volunteers who provide                          support, tutoring, mentoring                        and more to the students.


500  Young Ethiopian Israelis                  every year acquire                                             information about                                            education opportunities                              from  Yoel staff.

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A letter from A YOEL Graduate:

“YOEL was a steppingstone for me to fulfill my potential. The program supported and encouraged me, and was there for me when lessons were difficult, as well as when all was going well.

The YOEL program allowed me to focus completely on my studies. How? Because I knew there was someone next to me who had broad shoulders for me to lean on,  and there was someone behind me, pushing, helping, and not giving up on me... This someone’s only goal was to see me succeed!!!”

Havtam Gete


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The Chiburim Association is headed by Ms. Rony Mohar, and its main partners are:


  • Bar Ilan University academic preparatory program

  • The Joseph and Christina Kasierer Foundation

Volunteers and Contributions

120 volunteers take part  in the Yoel Program.

Their activities include:

  • Tutoring students in a myriad of subjects .

  • Mentoring – advising and preparing the students for an academic degree.

  • Giving lectures, and workshops to enrich and expand the students’ knowledge.

  • Participating in the day to day running of the YOEL program as members of the management team.

The personal ongoing one-on-one encounters between our students and our volunteers create a deeper acquaintance between the parties, and also leads to a reciprocal change in perspectives.

The financial value of the Yoel volunteers' work is equal  to the  funds raised by Chiburim Association each year. Therefore the actual scope of the Yoel Program is double of its fiscal budget .


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