The young adults who graduate Yemin Orde Youth Village's high school become accomplished and productive citizens of Israel.

Our graduates serve as leaders in various professions such as law, military, health care, politics, art, music, education and more. Yemin Orde’s formerly at-risk immigrant children are Israel’s next generation of leaders.


Erez Hakiki

Erez Hakiki arrived in Israel as a teen from Tehran, Iran with only a dream for a Jewish life in Israel. Today, he proudly serves as a Major in the IDF.

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Israela Tadela

As Ethiopian immigrants, Israela Tadela’s family faced many cultural difficulties. At Yemin Orde, she received a top education and today is an accomplished role model.

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Mkonet Gadamu

Mkonet Gadamu arrived in Israel in 2001 aboard the lifesaving airlift, Operation Solomon, which transported over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to the Promised Land.

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Sandro Golis

Sandro Golis arrived in Israel-alone-as a teen from the former Soviet Union. He credits the emotional and academic support at Yemin Orde for his successes as a young adult.

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Wovite Worku

Wovite and her family walked across the deserts of Ethiopia and Sudan to reach Israel. She recently earned a Ph.D. in education and is the author of a children’s book about her journey.

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Yitzhak (Itzik) Dessie

Yitzhak (Itzik) Dessie, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to receive a law degree. He is known throughout Israel for his leadership and achievements in the fields of civil and human rights.

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Shimon Solomon

Shimon served as a Member of Israel’s Knesset and, today, is director of a youth village for immigrant at-risk teens. He arrived in Israel from Ethiopia in 1980 with his parents and five siblings.

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Anton Antonov

Anton arrived in Israel alone from the former Soviet Union and today he is a successful graphic designer with a bright future ahead.

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Miriam Ciesler

Miriam was born in Poland and arrived in Israel by herself when she was a teenager. While at Yemin Orde, Miriam excelled in her school studies and took an active role in her group activities.

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Miri Picado-Aharoni

As an immigrant child from Ethiopia, Miri Picado-Aharoni recalls feeling isolated, victimized and ridiculed because of her skin color and cultural differences. At Yemin Orde, she found self-esteem, a caring community and support.

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