In the mid-1990's, soon after thousands of Ethiopian Jews were rescued from violence and persecution in Africa, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity created two educational centers in the State of Israel. These Beit Tzipora Centers, in Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi, focus on educating the Ethiopian-Jewish community and giving Ethiopian-Israeli young people the opportunity to grow and participate fully in Israeli society. The centers currently enroll more than 1,000 boys and girls in after-school programs and serve as a model for other schools.
Named in memory of Elie Wiesel's younger sister, who died in Auschwitz, these centers have become a major part of the Foundation's work and remain a passion of the Wiesels. Elie and Marion Wiesel have been actively involved in the Beit Tzipora Centers since the beginning and continue to remain active in the management of the Centers, regularly visiting and encouraging the students to succeed.
School and public officials have recognized that the Beit Tzipora study and enrichment programs significantly improve the quality of life for these young people. The Foundation's dream is to give all Ethiopian children in Israel the chance to excel. This work is constantly expanding and growing and will remain at the heart of the mission of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.