Temple Emanu-El, New York, New York
The Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
The Miriam Fund
The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry
The Humanitarian Trust
Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC
Temple Israel, Gary, Indiana
Individual Leo Baeck supporters
Since 1985, The University Leadership Training Program (ULTP) has provided up to 18 young Ethiopian women each year with the skills and opportunities to succeed in the face of inequality, to serve as role models for members of their community, and to take an active role in becoming the next generation of young Ethiopian Israeli leaders.
ULTP participants are chosen from a pool of female Ethiopian students enrolled at the University of Haifa. They are chosen for their leadership potential and their willingness to serve as positive role models in their community.
ULTP provides these women with bimonthly educational and leadership training courses, personal development coaching and a monthly stipend. Programs and workshops focus on time management (including the meaning of “time” in different cultures); the importance of community education; leadership qualities and skills; and active listening skills, public speaking and conflict management.
As part of their training, every ULTP participant initiates, develops and leads a social action project at one of Leo Baeck’s outreach satellite centers:
- Many ULTP social action projects have taken place at the Beit Ligdol Tov Early Childhood Development and Enrichment Center. Programs at Beit Ligdol Tov include numerous parent-child workshops and preschool development programs.
- Last year, Mercaz Ruth, an outreach center for at-risk youth, enjoyed a new community theatre troupe, a Storytime Project in collaboration with Haifa University, and new tutoring programs.
- Past ULTP participants created a Heritage Group that interviews Ethiopian families in order to gather and document Ethiopian folk tales and legends that until now have only been passed down orally from generation to generation.
- Every year, the ULTP group leads a community-wide project on the plight of Ethiopian Jewry. For example, last year our participants created lessons and interactive workshops for more than 300 Leo Baeck high school students about Ethiopian history and heritage and about the many Ethiopian Jews who perished during their journey from Ethiopia to Israel.
ULTP creates long-term changes in our participants’ lives and in their communities. After nearly 30 years, the ULTP program has proven to expand each young Jewish Ethiopian woman’s social and community responsibility, reinforce their self-esteem and leadership qualities, improve their academic motivation and achievements, and enrich their resumes thereby giving them higher employability within the Israeli workforce.
Our more than 250 ULTP graduates work as mediators at community centers serving Ethiopian families, they staff Ethiopian Immigrant Absorption Centers throughout the country, and they serve in government immigration offices, among other things. They are achieving their goals, improving the lives of others, and helping Leo Baeck achieve its mission of creating leaders of positive social change in Israel.