A Little Bit About Esther

The Hebrew University was eager to widen the scope of the program to include occupational therapy due to the huge demand for graduate OTs.

Occupational therapy is one of the most sought-after professions for entry-level studies in Israel. On average, only 5% of all applicants are accepted.

Esther is thrilled to think that she may join their ranks next year after she completes her twelve month-long preparatory course. She had almost given up hope of gaining access to a career that would combine her love of helping people with financial security.

Her parents are pleased too, as their daughter is studying for a degree in a “prestigious profession at a prestigious university.”

They are a long way from Kavara, but only a short way from watching Esther become a sought after health professional.

Esther's parents made Aliyah with their six-month-old daughter and extended family shortly after Operation Solomon.

They came from Kavara, a village known to be the home of Beta Yisrael Ethiopian Jews, located in the southwestern section of Ethiopia. Some legends claim that the village has the original Torah in its possession.

The Hadassah-Achotenu occupational therapy (OT) program at The Hebrew University was the perfect fit for Esther. She had been looking for a career where she could help people and feel professionally fulfilled.

Esther joins her fellow ‘pioneering’ students as the first to be accepted into an OT degree without the requisite psychometric exam.

The program is modelled on the Hadassah- Achotenu Ethiopian Nursing Scholarship program which has proven to be so effective in setting students up for a successful career in healthcare.