Yesodot ("Foundations" in Hebrew) is an umbrella enrichment program for new immigrants from Ethiopia, which provides a continuum of formal and informal educational programs from preschool through 12th grade.
Social and educational transition to life in Israel is challenging. The programs help Ethiopian new immigrants close educational gaps they confront when acculturating to Israeli schools.
This multi-level, multi-age program provides immediate, targeted support for new immigrant youngsters, building their self-esteem, preparing them for a lifetime of learning, and addressing their ongoing social, emotional and scholastic needs.
Activities take place in the supportive environment of Jewish Agency absorption centers — a venue in which the immigrants feel comfortable and familiar.
Among Yesodot's service:
Preparation for First Grade provides school readiness by focusing on math, vocabulary, reading readiness, and fine motor coordination. Experienced teachers meet several times a week with small groups of 10 to 15 children up to 6 years old.
Matzophim ("Water wings") is a formal after-school program that reinforces Hebrew, math, and English skills among children between the ages of 6 and 14.
Educational Summer Camps extend Yesodot programming through recreation and study. Camps for children and teens from 4 to 18 include field trips and other enrichment activities.
Tutoring supplements general Yesodot programming for adolescents.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program engages pre-adolescents in Jewish studies and preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah that culminate in ceremonies and celebrations in Jerusalem for the families and the wider community.
My First Library facilitates Hebrew literacy for Ethiopian children and their parents by encouraging reading in Hebrew through story hours and book distributions.
My Toy Box offers guided, cross-cultural activities for Ethiopian children and their parents that encourage time spent together as a family.