For almost 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has had an important partnership with two communities in southern Israel, Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon.
We work to bring volunteers together from these Jewish communities with the people of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon to help develop and support one of Israel’s most economically challenged regions. Learn more about the specific projects we support.
Adisa Ayaso Tassma's Seattle Speaking Tour
Adisa Ayaso Tassma, a community leader in Kiryat Malachi, visited the Seattle area in January 2014 to share her unparalleled story of courage and survival.
Adisa was one of four amazing Jewish women in the spotlight at Connections 2014. In addition, she spoke at Herzl-Ner Tamid and at The Summit at First Hill.
Her story is compelling. Born in Ethiopia, Adisa was only 3 when her family set off on Operation Moses, a journey to Israel. During a grueling three-month trek across Sudan's desert, she lost 11 siblings and other relatives along the way.
At a very young age, Adisa was confronted by death, starvation and cruelties no child should have to endure. Adisa overcame the suffering, and today, she is married, the mother of one child, holder of an associate's degree in criminal justice, and a community leader working with at-risk youth in Kiryat Malachi's Ethiopian community.
Adisa's moving story is an inspiration to people everywhere.