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Our Mission 

Keren Hanan Aynor was founded in 1994 in memory of Hanan Aynor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanan_Aynor. Our mission is to address the needs of the Ethiopian immigrant community by assisting talented and highly-motivated Ethiopian Israelis to acquire higher academic education and/or  advanced professional degrees. Our vision is to work directly with members of the Ethiopian Israeli community to promote the emergence of a core leadership committed to serving both internal needs as well as society at large, thus empowering a new generation of Ethiopians to excel and flourish in Israeli society.  
Keren Hanan Aynor inspires Ethiopian Israelis to achieve these goals by providing selected students with financial scholarships to support their education, as well as personal guidance, support, and encouragement during the course of their studies to assist them in completing their degrees.    



Over the past two decades, Keren Hanan Aynor has distributed over 3,467 scholarships to students in over 50 different fields. Much more than a financial grant, each scholarship empowers an individual student with a critical message of support and encouragement, thus inspiring them to continue to pursue their academic dreams despite their many challenges.

Through our program, Keren Hanan Aynor enables Ethiopian-Israeli students to focus on their studies, thereby decreasing the dropout rate from institutions of higher education.


In Memoriam

Hanan Aynor, z”l

Born in Frankfurt, Hanan Aynor (then Hans Sonneborn) left Nazi Germany in 1935 and joined Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov in pre-state Israel. During World War II, he served in the British Army behind enemy lines in occupied France. Following the war, Aynor joined the Aliyah Bet operations in Europe, aiding Holocaust survivors to reach Palestine. His roles were diverse, including serving as the official translator for the ship ×´Exodus×´ during the months that it was detained in the port of Marseille.
Following the establishment of the State of Israel, Aynor joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the next four decades he served his country in Brazil, Canada, the United Nations, and twice, as head of the Ministry’s African desk. He also served as ambassador to Mexico, Senegal, and Ethiopia. 

Hana Aynor in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanan_Aynor

Organizational Priorities

Keren Hanan Aynor supports Ethiopian Israeli students in the following categories:


 Masters or PhD candidates
 Undergraduates with children who wish to upgrade their educational and professional level
 Students who are not eligible for/receiving assistance from other sources
 Students who are working toward a specialized diploma to advance their employment level
 Students who are enrolled In fields new to Ethiopian immigrants (“trail-blazers”)



Presenting credentials to Emperor Haile Selassie, 1971

Aynor headed the Israel-Africa Friendship League until his death. During the many years of his work in and on behalf of Africa, Aynor formed a strong attachment to Ethiopia and dreamed of bringing its Jews to Israel. Keren Hanan Aynor has become his legacy, helping to ensure a future for Ethiopian Jews in Israel.

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