Shemah Koleinu is a queer– and Jewish-led human rights organisation that is apolitical and not affiliated to any particular stream of Judaism. Our values are founded in the principles of chesed (love and compassion), tikkun olam (acting for societal benefit), gemilut chasadim (loving kindness), equality, equity, justice and inclusion.
Shemah Koleinu works towards the establishment of a culture of inclusion within South Africa, that practices understanding, compassion, acceptance towards, and supports those who identify as, LGBTQIA+.
Working from a framework that centres human rights, Shemah Koleinu aims to create and promote representation, safety, dignity, equality and equity for LGBTQIA+ people living in South Africa and elsewhere. Shemah Koleinu works to amplify the voices of the marginalised, and to engage in dialogue, education, capacity building and resource development to create affirming and safe spaces for our community.
The Jewish values of chesed, tikkun olam and gemilut chasadim inspire our work, and we believe in equality, equity, justice and inclusion. We hope to promote and safeguard the rights and dignity of all LGBTQIA+ people living in South Africa, regardless of political views, religious affiliation, or background.
Meet the incredible people behind Shemah Koleinu
Co-founder & HBIC
An author, activist, and medical doctor, Anastacia has a track record of human rights work in the LGBTQIA+ space.
Co-founder & Queer-in-chief
A content strategist, facilitator, and LGBTQIA+ activist, Mathilde puts innovative thought into effective content, training materials and ways of working – and gets it done.
Jacqui considers themselves a conversational disruptor on current issues. They are passionate about galvanising community into action to solve issues through innovative and sustainable projects that bring workability for all.