Founded by Israel’s first Ethiopian lawyers and professionals, Tebeka, which means “Advocate for Justice” in Amharic, the organisation is the largest and most successful service for Israel’s Ethiopian community of 140,000 people.
For a community that has been transformed by immigration to an advanced technological society, this often includes workshops on handling basic bureaucratic tasks, negotiating labour contracts, and their basic rights.
- Tebeka serves more than 1,000 clients each year at clinics in cities including Rishon Lezion, Netanya and Petach Tikva. It plans to open further clinics in Haifa and Jerusalem in the coming years.
- Tebeka’s educational activities within schools and absorption and community centres informs students, young adults, parents and community elders about how to improve their economic and employment prospects.
- By leading litigation across Israel’s justice system, Tebeka has won hard-fought cases that challenge discrimination and racism experienced by the Ethiopian community.