The Nitzana Youth Aliyah Village provides a homeaway-from-home for teenage immigrants to Israel from Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union. Since 1999, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has been providing annual support equal to as much as 25% of the village’s budget. Those dollars have primarily funded two specific programs:
1) Kedma is a program for new immigrants from Ethiopia from 16 to 18 years-of-age. It includes a very high level of study in math, English, and computer technology to prepare them for matriculation to either university or the Army. Through Kedma, we are building the next leadership group for the Ethiopian community in Israel.
2) Selah is a program for selected students between the ages of 17 and 23 from the Former Soviet Union. These students have immigrated to Israel before their parents and spend one year participating in a very high level of study at Nitzana that will prepare them to enter university and build a life in Israel so that they can, in turn, bring their parents and other family members to join them.