Ariela U.S. is thrilled to share the wonderful news that Olim Beyahad has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Yosi Harel Prize. Congratulations to Olim Beyahad, and all its friends and partners, for this well-deserved honor!


"September 2016"


May 2015 - Solidarity with the Ethiopian Israeli Community


November 2012 - Ariela US was the proud charitable beneficiary of Unity in Concert, An Interfaith Celebration of Peace and Unity


November 15th, 2012 at 7:30PM

Ariela Foundation student Aviva Dese, joined David Broza, Mira Awad, Neshama Carlebach, Craig Taubman and others in a multi-faith celebration of Israel and the fundamental value of freedom. Sinai Temple's Israel Center brought together the community for an evening of song, dance, spoken word and Unity.

 Below is a video of Aviva. Enjoy...



November 2012 - Ariela Project Students’ Aviva and Nofar visit Los Angeles 

Meet Nofar and Aviva: Ariela Foundation Israeli Students of Ethiopian Descent

Aviva Dese

School: Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
Academic year: 1st - Age: 24

Aviva's family immigrated to Israel in 1984. A talented singer that sings in different bands, just started her formal studies in that field with the help of Ariela providing her with a scholarship.

She recently sang in the national Independence Day ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli President, Shimon Peres. She also participated in the Israeli version of 'The Voice' television show. 

Nofar Mekonen

Excellency: Academic
Grade: 10th grade - Age: 14 years old

Nofar lives with her family in the city of Rishon Letzion and is full of charm and livelihood. She loves school and her favorite subjects include chemistry, biology and mathematics. Ariela provides Nofar with funding for an after school science workshop delivered by Tel Aviv University, weekly one on one English tutoring and weekly personal mentoring. 


  • July 13 (7:30p.m.) Friday Night Live!,  Sinai Temple
  • July 14 (9:15a.m.) IKAR
  • July 14 (8:00 p.m.)  Beth Jacob Event (Seudat Shlishit) 
  • July 15 (3:00 p.m)  Shirat Ariela: Meet, Greet & A Beat. Family event. 
  • July 20 (6:15 pm) Temple Beth Am–Shabbat Under the Stars 
  • July 21 (9:15am) Temple Beth Am Shabbat Morning Services
  • July 21 (5:00pm) B'nai David-Judea Event at home of congregant
  • July 22 (7:00 p.m.) Shirat Ariela: Meet, Greet & Nosh, in San Diego
  • Other events include Camp Ramah & Inner City Arts





Providing Essential Tools

In 2011, Ariela U.S. granted funding for essential equipment to a student in the Maof Program. Alamork, a budding filmmaker about to graduate school, was in need of a more substantial video camera in order to take on larger projects. Making sure our underprivileged program participants have the tools they require to succeed in their fields is an integral component of the Maof Program.

Below is an excerpt from the translated thank you letter from our grant recipient, Alamork:


I’ve begun working on two documentary projects with the video camera I received:

The first project is documenting the process of registering the Ethiopian Jews who died in Sudan on their way to Israel. This is a government funded project. The moment I read the newspaper article on the plans for the project I made a call to the Prime Minister’s office and spoke with Alili Adamso, the MP’s advisor for Ethiopian Jewry Affairs. He invited me to a meeting to which I took the camera and so I started filming the beginning of the process immediately. You have no idea what a tremendous feeling this was, just taking my camera and off I go. It was the feeling I had always been looking for, to have the tool I needed at my immediate and spontaneous disposal. So far I have already documented two days of the project, creating a kind of pilot, and now I am waiting for the State’s Tender on the project in order to bid for the position of its film director.

…I am writing this letter to all the people involved with Ariela who have a director indirect connection to the stunning gift I received. I would especially like to mention Anat, who is closer to me and is constantly trying to understand correctly what my real needs are, in order to promote and advance myself and not follow momentary idiosyncrasies (and I have lots of them).

Beyond this I am also aware that there are people who stand outside this circle around me who support me and assist me to grow and develop. I hope one I too shall become a part of the supporting element.

Excited and Happy,