LOVE. COURAGE. INSPIRATION
CRAFTING A BETTER WORLD
The jewelry school and social business were established to empower Ethiopian immigrants by equipping them
with the professional and life-skills needed to achieve financial independence as jewelry designers and artisans.
about the founders
Since Orna and Isaac Levy founded Yvel in 1986, the spirit of “giving back” has been at the heart of the company. Isaac’s challenging childhood experience as a young new immigrant inspired the Levys to seek ways to help other newcomers succeed in building new lives. The couple is proud that today over 90% of Yvel’s more than 100 employees are immigrants hailing from 23 countries.
The Megemeria School
The philanthropic Megemeria School of Jewelry & Art to provide professional training and employment opportunities to Ethiopian immigrants to facilitate their integration into Israeli society as proud and contributing citizens. Meaning “genesis” in Amharic (the native language of Ethiopia), Megemeria offers its students the opportunity for a bright new beginning in life.
A Social Business
Megemeria has become an independent social business, the first of its kind in Israel. Graduates of the school are employed to design and create a jewelry collection inspired by their personal journeys of longing and renewal. The compelling Megemeria Collection fuses tradition with modernity and meaning with beauty. All proceeds from sales benefit the school and social business, ensuring that Megemeria continues to cultivate positive social change.
The Jewelry Collections
The Megemeria Collections are a meaningful expression of love and courage and an inspiration of hope and positive social change. The jewelry collections feature 925 sterling silver and 24k gold plated over sterling silver. The designs derive from the long-lasting heritage of Ethiopian Jewry including traditional symbols and techniques to designs combining biblical verses and cherished values.
Megemeria’s Ambassador Daniel Sahalo is available for speaking engagements, trunk shows, and events. invite him to plan a meaningful event showcasing the designs of our students!
“Megemeria provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity for a bright new beginning in life.”
Seble Abera- Graduate of the 2016 class