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In January 2020, with the help of a generous donation by Mimi Efryomson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Degel Menashe announced its first vocational fellowship awards. These grants will help enable young members of the B’nei Menashe community in Israel to acquire professional skills that will advance them in their lives while enhancing their ability to contribute to Israeli society. Our first award winners are:

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Dafna immigrated to Israel from Manipur in 2004. She lives in Kiryat Arba with her husband, three sons, and two daughters. She is currently enrolled in a preparatory pre-medical course at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been accepted for a 4-year nursing course at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tel Aviv.




Avi moved to Israel from Manipur in 2001. A veteran of a special forces unit in the Israeli army, Avi works as an instructor at a security training school and is a competitive marksman who has placed high in Israeli competitions. The fellowship will enable him to sharpen his competitive skills and perhaps open a school of his own.




Avigayil immigrated to Israel in 2002. Married and the mother of two small boys, she lives in Kiryat Arba, where she has worked for the past three years as a secretary in the Jewish historical museum of Hebron. Now, she would like to acquire a profession so as “to succeed and get ahead in life,” and wants to take a course in accountancy. 




Naomi is enrolled in the same pre-med course as Dafna and also intends to study nursing at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. She arrived in Israel in 2004. She lives in the town of Bet-El  north of Jerusalem and is the mother of four daughters.  “Being a nurse,” she writes, “has been a dream of mine since childhood.”




Sarah has worked for the past 12 years as the dormitory director of two boarding schools and is a graduate of intensive courses in Computer Imagining and Educational Administration. She is currently enrolled in the Emuna College for Arts and Education in Efrat and is asking for a grant to help her continue her studies there. 

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Yehuda Mate is our latest scholarship recipient. Born in Manipur in 1979 and in Israel since the year 2000, he lives in the town of Kiryat Arba with his wife and son. Yehuda works in
a security position at the Gush Etzion police station south of Jerusalem. He plans to apply his Degel Menashe grant to a year-long course given by Bar-Ilan University that will result in a certificate entitling him to pursue a career as a security officer and private investigator.

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