March 13, 2007 / 23 Adar 5767
On March 7th, the Ibim Youth Village hosted the scholarship ceremony for new immigrant students from the Caucasus (Kavkazim). The scholarships were granted by the Eleanor Voss memorial bequest, through the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Each of the 14 recipients received $1,450.00. Approximately half of the recipients were awarded the scholarship during the previous academic school year.
“The ceremony conducted by Alon Gayer, Dean of Students at Sapir College was attended by representatives of the Jewish Agency for Israel: Dr. Tzipi Izenman, Israel Office, Ravit Ochayon and Ofer Baram, as well as Ilan Halperin , Planning Director UJA-Federation of NY it their Israel Office.”
The speakers spoke about the new immigrants from the Kavkazim and the importance of advancing weaker populations within society. The majority of the recipients were women who have their own families and so for them, the pursuit of higher education is of no small feat.
Renata, the student representative, thanked the Jewish Agency for Israel and the UJA-Federation of New York on behalf of all the students. She said that through granting this scholarship they are not only opening a door for one student but also allowing him to open a door to 3-4 more students who will see them as role models.
Tzipi Eisenman spoke about how the scholarship strengthens the new immigrants in their studies and empowers them to be the trailblazers for their community.
Ilan Halperin described the Eleanor Voss scholarship fund and spoke of the great importance the UJA-Federation of New York attaches to this project; that through the Jewish Agency and Sapir College, the population that needs the most of our assistance was assisted. “Being a population of new immigrants with obstacles to fully integrate into Israeli society as well as living in a bombarded area presents real challenges. Yet, in spite of this, these young people are striving to succeed and advance in life and thus be a role model for their community,” said Ilan.