An innovative nurses training program developed in 2013, Achotenu enables young Ethiopian-Israeli adults to realize their life’s dreams to become nurses.
Following a successful pilot program, today 43 young Ethiopian-Israelis students are studying in two five-year academic tracks at Hebrew University’s Henrietta Szold School of Nursing leading towards a BS in Nursing. This is the first time that the Hebrew University has agreed to forego the psychometric exam for admission and accept other culturally-sensitive assessment tools.
Students receive full scholarships, living stipends, dorms, academic enrichment, mentoring, workshops and individual counseling.
This is a unique collaboration between the university, Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America, the Henrietta Szold Nursing School, and JobKatif. Graduates will be able to easily find employment as Israel needs to double its nursing staff over the next few years.
Chana, a single mother of two, is a graduate of Achotenu’s pilot program.
She now works as a nurse in Netanya and for the first time, is able to comfortably support her family.
“I have changed my life. Others will follow, of that I’m sure and I hope I can help lead them.״
Dedicating a scholarship through the Achotenu program is a fitting tribute to our daughter Shoshana Yaffa Kirschenbaum (Shani). Israel, art and nursing were her passions. She attended Stern College and Columbia University to obtain her R.N. degree. She worked at St. Francis as a surgical ICU nurse, then continued her studies to become a nurse anesthetist. Shani worked very hard to deeply understand everything she learned. She excelled in her chosen profession, winning a national award. She was an extremely compassionate nurse who touched many people deeply. We hope her dedication and passion will inspire others. She passed away on 24 Nisan 5775 (2015).
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