At the young age of 16, Efrat Haimoff z”l was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. With steadfast emunah, she remained positive and strong. Throughout Efrat’s treatments, she chose to focus on the good in her life.

During her illness, Efrat was approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Her wish was to have a Sefer Torah dedicated in her zechut. Unfortunately, due to her passing, this wish could no longer be granted. Efrat’s vision and dream was to be able to spread Torah as much as possible and help inspire the spiritual growth of others, even while confined to her hospital bed. Now it’s up to us to fulfill that vision and dream.

The Gemara states (Sanhedrin 19b), “Anyone who teaches another person’s son Torah… is as if they had given birth to him.”

Though Efrat wasn’t zocheh to have children of her own, our vision is to continue her legacy by creating a Women’s Initiative Torah Learning Center for the young women of our community. By establishing this center of learning, our primary goal is to educate these young women and give them the tools that they need to build a proper Torah home.

The nightly programs will include premarital education, taharat haMishpacha, shalom bayit, and chinuch classes. The talmidot of this center will be considered Efrat’s children through the Torah they will be taught and incorporate into the building of their homes.

Your contribution will enable you to partner with us in this special undertaking. Groundbreaking opportunities for the learning center include the building naming, as well as floor and room dedications. Various Sefer Torah dedications are available, from the cover, klaf, crown, and pointer, to twenty special parshiyot, and a number of other opportunities. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 917-921-5039. All donations are tax exempt through Sephardic Congregation. Payments can be mailed to Efrat’s Sefer Torah Fund, 141-41 72nd Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367.

This Tuesday, at 10 a.m., we set out on a monumental campaign to raise $700,000 in just 36 hours to honor Efrat’s legacy. During the campaign, every dollar donated will be doubled; your contribution is vital. Visit   to make your contribution.

Best wishes, and may we merit to celebrate with this Torah in Yerushalayim.

Asaf Haimoff