My name is Hannah Beemer, and I will be a Bat Mitzvah on June 3rd 2017.
For my mitzvah project I decided to help the North American Conference on Ethiopian
Jewry (NACOEJ) Limudiah Program, which I thought would be very impactful for many
children. By supporting the Limudiah program I will help elementary school children reach the
grade level of their non-Ethiopian peers, or even do better than their grade average. These
Ethiopian Jewish students study many extra hours, focusing on subjects like writing, reading, and
The Limudiah program also makes sure that they have nutritious lunches. This part
especially spoke to me because, if these kids have better lunches, they will have at least one
really good meal a day. Also, if they are granted this they will have more energy to think about
studies and not on eating.
I initially had an interest in this program because it provides many resources that these
young kids need. While doing more research on the organization, I learned that many Ethiopian
Jews have many struggles when coming to Israel. This is due to many factors, such as barriers in
language, unemployment and the lack of good education for their children. When these children
don’t get a proper education from a young age it could lead to many problems in their future.
This program is very important to me because there are many children my age or younger
who do not receive the many educational opportunities that we sometimes take for granted. I feel
it is very important for kids to obtain all of these necessities such as nutritious lunches, after-
school assistance, and people who care to help them stay on grade level and excel in their
studies. Learning about this made me think that, if I do all I can to support this program, it can
create better futures for these Ethiopian-Jewish children.
For all of these reasons, this is why I chose this for my bat mitzvah project.
My fundraising goal is $2,500.00, which I hope to surpass. Please help support my