Chassida Shmella is the organization of the Ethiopian Jewish Community of North America and our mission is to preserve the customs and traditions of the Ethiopian Jewish population, and to educate American, Israeli and Ethiopian-Israelis about these customs.
Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community of North America,
25 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10004-1010
Chassida Shmella is a young and dynamic non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by members of the Ethiopian Israeli community living in
Our goal is to preserve the rich 3,000 year old legacy that is unique and vital to the full history of the Jewish people. We also want to build bridges with the various other Jewish communities that make up a rich tapestry of customs and share with each other our common beliefs and goals while preserving our unique stories as well.
Chassida Shmella is unique in creating programs to teach our heritage through participatory programs that teach about Ethiopian Jewish culture through the perspective of the Ethiopian Jews ourselves. We also are creating programs to bring Israelis/Americans/Ethiopian Israelis together as one people. We advocate for the acceptance and assimilation of Ethiopian Jewish Culture to the larger Jewish community. We wish to assist Ethiopian Jews in advancing through inter-community networks, educational opportunities and communal partnerships.
Our main goal has always been to help the Ethiopian Jewish community in North America to fully integrate into the greater Jewish community while preserving our uniqueness as well. We chose our name carefully to express this connection, and uniqueness:
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