A Sister’s Legacy: The Launch of ‘For Our African Jews’

The Purity Project

It is with a mix of profound sorrow and indomitable hope that we announce the launch of ‘For Our African Jews’, a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting African Jews from different countries and cultures and supporting their needs. This initiative is the brainchild of Simcha-Chaya Ben Avraham, a woman whose dedication to her cultural heritage and religious practices is only matched by her commitment to her community.

The story of ‘For Our African Jews’ finds its roots in personal loss. On Motsi Shabbat, December 10th, 2022, Simcha-Chaya lost her beloved sister, Purity. Purity was a devoted and dedicated member of her community. Her spirit and unyielding dedication to her community were an inspiration to all who knew her. May her soul be bound in life (BDE), and may she continue to be a blessing and rest in peace.

In the wake of Purity’s passing, Simcha-Chaya found herself in Scotland, able to be by her sister’s side thanks to the generosity of contributors who made it possible for her to travel. It was a difficult time, marked by profound grief and the outpouring of condolences from family, friends, and well-wishers.

The Purity Project
The Purity Project

However, amid the sorrow, an idea took root. A seed that would grow into a testament to Purity’s life and her impact on those around her. In honoring her sister’s memory, Simcha-Chaya made the decision to take forward her love for community and extend it to the wider African Jewish community.

‘For Our African Jews’ aims to foster a sense of unity and belonging among African Jews, offering resources to support personal, educational, and career goals, and providing financial aid to those in need. It operates with a three-pronged approach.

The first step involves identifying and researching job opportunities to help African Jews find meaningful work. This includes networking within various industries and leveraging connections within the African Jewish community.

The second step includes developing strategies to help African Jews effectively pursue these jobs, which involves providing career coaching, mentorship, and assistance with job application processes.

Lastly, it focuses on creating a supportive community that provides ongoing support and resources to help African Jews navigate the job search and career development process. This includes establishing networking groups, offering job search workshops and seminars, and providing ongoing mentorship as individuals progress in their careers.

Additionally, the non-profit provides financial assistance to those in need, such as the elderly or those facing burial expenses, and offers resources for access to food and other necessities. It aims to connect communities with each other, fostering growth and positive change within communities. Education about African Jewish culture and traditions is also provided through educational materials, workshops, and classes.

In this endeavor, Simcha-Chaya hopes to carry forward Purity’s legacy of community service and dedication. It is a tribute to a beloved sister, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and an affirmation of the belief in the power of community. Through ‘For Our African Jews’, Purity’s memory continues to be a blessing, inspiring others to grow and make a difference.
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What part of our mission resonates with you the most, and how do you envision contributing to this beautiful legacy?x

 

As we embark on this journey, we invite you to join us. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of African Jews, helping to establish communities, support individual growth, and preserve the unique cultural traditions that define us.

We thank you for your support during this difficult time, and we hope that you will stand with us as we work towards making a positive impact on the lives of African Jews. As a 501c3 Charity, all donations to this cause are tax-deductible.

May the memory of Purity continue to be a blessing and may her legacy inspire us all to extend our hands in support and unity. In the face of loss, we choose to build, to create, and to unite. This is the essence of ‘For Our African Jews’, and it is a journey we are honored to share with you.


 

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Ruth Mason
Ruth Mason
7 months ago

Wow! Simcha you had a baby and started a non profit at the same time? Your message is well written and evocative. We’re happy to help. I’m so sorry about purity. I didn’t know. Are you partnering w various related orgs like Kulanu and… is it Olim b’yachad? Good luck!

Amanda
Amanda
7 months ago

Beautiful initiative Simcha Chaya! Good luck! Be”H this should help African Jews feel connected and do more amazing beautiful things with the power of community and support.

Nili
Nili
7 months ago

What a beautiful initiative, Simcha-Chaya! May her memory always be for a blessing and it should be with so much hatslacha!

Yehudit
Yehudit
7 months ago

Thank for your very moving and inspiring message of compassion and hope for our African sisters and brothers. May this important project be successful beyond all expectations!!

Mosheh Ben Avraham
Admin
7 months ago

Simcha-Chaya, my dear wifey – your strength and dedication to your community are an inspiration. The launch of ‘For Our African Jews’ is a beautiful tribute to Purity’s legacy, and I’m incredibly proud to stand by your side in this endeavor. Your love for community shines through, and I know this initiative will make a profound impact. I truly believe in you and will always be your #1 fan… With all my love and support! -Husband