“What unites us as human beings is the aspiration to make the world better, more compassionate, with less conflict, less hate and hardship, and with more tolerance and understanding.” — Elie Wiesel
Biet Tzipora Centers
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.
Following a year-long expansion, the newly enhanced Beit Tzipora Center in Ashkelon was formally inaugurated on July 25, 2007. The new building has more classrooms, computer labs, a multi-media library and an auditorium, allowing the Center to support more Ethiopian-Israeli students and provide them with the best facilities and equipment available.
The center in Ashkelon currently supports students in 1st through 6th grade throughout the school year, runs a Summer Program for the students and operates an Adult Education Program. Additionally, Ethiopian students enrolled in institutes of higher education continue to benefit from a scholarship program created in 2004. The scholarships serve to finance the cost of a college education in exchange for volunteering at Beit Tzipora Ashkelon during the school year.
The Elie Wiesel Foundation’s Beit Tzipora Center for Study & Enrichment at Kiryat Malachi has been growing and expanding steadily. In 2002, the Center opened a new and expanded library to accommodate an increasing number of students. In 2004, the programs offered to the students were expanded to include a new matriculation exam program for high school students through grade twelve. The Center in Kiryat Malachi currently supports students in 1st through 12th grade, runs a summer program for the students and operates an Adult Education Program.