About North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry
The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded with four mandates: To help Ethiopian Jews survive in Ethiopia, to assist them in reaching Israel, to aid in their absorption into Israeli society, and to preserve their unique and ancient culture.
In Ethiopia, NACOEJ funds feeding, education and religious programs for about 8,700 Jews awaiting aliyah. Programs include a Jewish day school, a daily School Lunch Program, and adult education, employment and religious facilities. In Israel, NACOEJs yearly programming includes After-School programs of intensive education assistance for over 1,100 Ethiopian elementary school children, programs to help over 1,300 Ethiopian teens attain quality high school education; and programs that enables over 300 Ethiopian-Israeli students to pursue university degrees.
In addition, NACOEJ operates a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program, and a School Supplies Collection Program provides basic, essential learning materials to underprivileged Ethiopian children.
Recognition: Richard and Middie Giesberg, Nili Salem, Evelyn Deitchman