N.E.W., run by Nishmat (a world center for Jewish education for women in Jerusalem), combines Torah learning with the keys to a better future for Ethiopian-Israeli National Service and Israel Defense Forces veterans. The program includes a second chance at high school matriculation and specialized preparation for the college entrance psychometric exam, extensive mentoring, a course in managing the family budget, and workshops dealing with domestic violence, as well as an integrated environment that offsets their sense of social isolation, and special programs to develop pride in their Ethiopian Jewish heritage.
Each student receives a full tuition-and-dormitory scholarship as well as a living stipend.
Alumnae tracking shows that between 80 and 90% of graduates each year have gained college acceptance. N.E.W. graduates are enrolled at or have graduated from Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University, David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem College of Technology, Hadassah, Shaarey Zedek and Laniado Hospital Nursing Schools, Jerusalem College (Michlala), Orot College, and Bar Ilan and Shaarey Mishpat Law Schools.