For almost 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has had an important partnership with two communities in southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon.
We work to bring volunteers together from these Jewish communities with the people of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon to help develop and support one of Israel’s most economically challenged regions. Learn more about the specific projects we support.
Adisa Ayaso Tassma's Seattle Speaking Tour
Adisa Ayaso Tassma, a community leader in Kiryat Malachi, visited the Seattle area in January 2014 to share her unparalleled story of courage and survival.
Adisa was one of four amazing Jewish women in the spotlight at Connections 2014. In addition, she spoke at Herzl-Ner Tamid and at The Summit at First Hill.
Her story is compelling. Born in Ethiopia, Adisa was only 3 when her family set off on Operation Moses, a journey to Israel. During a grueling three-month trek across Sudan's desert, she lost 11 siblings and other relatives along the way.
At a very young age, Adisa was confronted by death, starvation and cruelties no child should have to endure. Adisa overcame the suffering, and today, she is married, the mother of one child, holder of an associate's degree in criminal justice, and a community leader working with at-risk youth in Kiryat Malachi's Ethiopian community.
Adisa's moving story is an inspiration to people everywhere.
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There are many ways to become part of this special connection:
- Host a visiting Israeli, for several weeks during the summer or several days during the school year.
- Spend time volunteering in Kiryat Malachi.
For more information on volunteering in Israel or locally, contact Benjamina Menashe.
About Kiryat Malachi
Kiryat Malachi is centrally located between Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva. It was established in 1951 by the Israeli government with new immigrants, including people from Romania, Iraq and Morocco, to supply labor to the surrounding farms. Approximately 22,000 residents live in the town, and more than 25 percent are immigrants from Ethiopia. The town has a wonderful mix of cultures and friendly caring people. The town faces economic challenges, as the percentage of children living in families receiving supplementary income or welfare services is more than twice the national average.
About Hof Ashkelon
Hof Ashkelon is a region of 20 rural communities, 19 moshavim and kibbutzim plus one “temporary” town of émigrés from the Gaza Strip. It is located from just north of the Gaza Strip north to Ashdod, with 13,000 people in the area. The difficult security situation and economic depression in the region have had a major impact. The region faced daily barrages of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014.