An Unending Journey to the Dream of Being Part of Israeli Society: Challenges and Successes

September 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Meeting ID: 997 6844 1097 | Passcode: 914221

A conversation with Michal Avera Samuel, Director of the Fidel Association, the leading Israeli NGO representing the interests and aspirations of Ethiopian Israelis.
A social leader and educational activist advocating for the successful integration of Ethiopian Israelis, Ms. Samuel has over 18 years of experience in directing educational projects. She has served as Fidel’s Executive Director since 2011. Ms. Samuel has an MA in Educational Counseling from Haifa University and is regularly invited to lecture on the Ethiopian Israeli community’s history, culture and absorption at academic institutions and schools across Israel.
Ms. Samuel was born in Gondar, Ethiopia. She is the youngest of nine children, and made aliyah with her family in 1984 as part of Operation Moses via Sudan. She joined the Fidel Association in the year 2000 and served as Director of Professional Training, PR, and Community Development, as well as Deputy Director prior to being appointed Executive Director in 2011. Ms. Samuel serves on the Government of Israel’s prestigious Round Table Panel on Social Issues, which brings together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Ms. Samuel’s vast experience includes serving as a research assistant to MK Naomi Blumenthal on the Knesset’s Immigration Committee and as Spokesperson and Advisor to the Scholarship Fund for Ethiopian Jews (SFEJ), Boca Raton, Florida. Beyond her dedication to advancing the Ethiopian-Israeli community, Ms. Samuel serves as a Board Member of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation and volunteers at “Women to Women,” Haifa, supporting victims of domestic violence.