As the home of Israel’s eighth university, Ariel is a national leader education. On the elementary and high school levels as well, Ariel has been recognized for excellence when it was awarded the national prize for education in 2013. Friends of Ariel is dedicated to enhancing educational excellence and opportunities for teachers and students alike, with prizes and scholarships award to those dedicated to making an impact.
Ariel University (AU) traces its beginnings to the 1980s, when it began as a small community college with 200 students. In 1994, it began granting academic degrees. The school received full research university status in 2012, making it Israel’s 8th research university – the first research university to open in Israel in 40 years.
American Friends of Ariel supports schoolchildren whose parents cannot afford the basic “back to school” amenities: textbooks, uniforms/clothing, backpacks, schools supplies, and the like.
Each year the American Friends of Ariel provides scholarships for residents of Ariel who study towards their BA in colleges and universities across Israel. The scholarship committee reviews basic criteria such as a residency in Ariel for at least five years, financial need, and a genuine aspiration to give back to the city.
Holocaust survivors Irena and Yaakov (Kuba) Wodislavsky (z”l) overcame limited means and personal hardship to convert their home into the Ariel Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Museum. Their mission: to ensure that the voices of those who perished in the Holocaust will forever be heard.
Be a part of building a new campus for the Nachshonim school in Ariel, one of the first in the city.